Gamma Chapter of Gamma Epsilon Tau, the national graphic arts honor society, will honor Vicki R. Keenan and John D’Onofrio at its 2012 Gold Key Awards ceremony in New York City on May 30.
For nearly two decades, Keenan has been one of the most influential figures in printing industry affairs in the New York - New Jersey metropolitan area. She currently serves as vice president of Printing Industries Alliance and manager of its NY/NJ metro office in Westfield, NJ. Headquartered in Amherst, NY, Printing Industries Alliance is a regional trade association representing the $20 billion graphic communications industry in New York State, northern New Jersey and northwestern Pennsylvania.
Keenan, who joined the organization in December 2006, formerly held a number of executive positions with the Association of Graphic Communications (AGC), a metro area trade group. She was with AGC for 13 years and served for a time as its President. At Printing Industries Alliance, she is responsible for directing advocacy efforts in both public and media relations and in federal, state, and local government affairs programs. She also is the primary coordinator of the association’s annual Franklin Event.
Keenan has more than 35 years of advocacy experience in corporate and association management. She relocated to her native New Jersey from Washington, D.C. where she served in lobbying and senior positions at Bechtel Corp., American Consulting Engineers Council, and National Newspaper Association. She was honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for her participation in its “Common Sense Initiative” and was awarded the Hammer Award for Public Service by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore.
D’Onofrio is vice president of commercial sales at DG3, a global print and communications business. The position, which he has held since his company, Mirror Graphics, Inc. was acquired in 1999, includes sales, estimating, production, and billing for the major accounts he serves.
D’Onofrio also was a partner and vice president of sales at Seville Graphics, a New York City trade printer, and Mercury Bindery, a New York City trade binder. During his tenure at Seville Graphics, the company became the first printing business on the East Coast to install a MAN Roland 700 sheetfed press. Working with Pinnacle Technologies, he and his partners helped to develop a biodegradable, VOC-free, vegetable-based ink that was adopted at Seville Graphics ahead of the industry’s general push for more earth-friendly consumables.
D’Onofrio has been a member of Gamma Epsilon Tau for 40 years. He was inducted into Gamma Epsilon Tau, Gamma Chapter while attending New York City Community College, the predecessor of New York City College of Technology, from which he graduated with honors. He also attended Baruch College.
Gamma Epsilon Tau is a national, coeducational, collegiate printing fraternity in which students of printing and publishing can meet and interact in a professional and social atmosphere. Its members are enrolled in graphic arts programs at many colleges, technical institutions, and universities.
Gamma Chapter of Gamma Epsilon Tau is located at New York City College of Technology (NYCCT), part of the City University of New York. Recent Gold Key honorees include Bob Sacks, Annette Wolf Bensen, Michael Cunningham, Florence Jackson, Diane Romano, and Russell K. Hotzler.