Graphic Communications Corporation President Wins Prestigious Benjamin Franklin Award

Graphic Communications Corporation (GCC) President Hoyt Tuggle was honored recently with the 2011 Printing & Imaging Association of Georgia (PIAG) Benjamin Franklin Award. The award is the highest honor presented in Georgia’s printing industry and serves to acknowledge individuals for being long-term, major contributors to the graphic arts industry.

Tuggle founded GCC in 1972 with his wife, Marie, and Robert Shelnutt. Today the company is an award-winning, full-service printer that also offers a wide-variety of value-added solutions including creative web design and hosting services, warehousing and fulfillment, Point-of-Purchase design and printing and graphic design services.

“I am humbled by this award,” said Hoyt Tuggle, President of GCC. “The print world is such an important part of my life, and it is a great honor to be recognized by my peers. I have been truly blessed over these past 51 years to be associated with so many wonderful people in such a remarkable industry.”

Tuggle, born in Lawrenceville, Ga., graduated from Central Gwinnett High School and Georgia State University. He lives in Buford, Ga., and he and Marie have two sons and five grandchildren.

“My office is only a few blocks from the house where I was born. I feel so fortunate to have worked and lived in the community where I grew up,” continued Tuggle. “I frequently get the opportunity to be around people who have been a part of my life from the beginning, and have truly experienced the sense of community, both in my business life and in my private life.”

Since 1958, the Benjamin Franklin Award has been presented to a PIAG member who is successful in their chosen profession and considered a person of high principles and integrity. The individual must be someone who shares their time and talent to work toward the advancement of the printing industry and the betterment of society through civic, community or religious involvements. Additionally, award recipients are required to have at least 15 years in the printing and imaging industry, with at least five of those years in Georgia.