Nine industry leaders were formally inducted into the Ben Franklin Honor Society of Printing Industries of America at a black-tie induction and awards ceremony November 9, 2012, at Printing Industries’ Fall Administrative Meetings held in Spokane, Washington.
William English—Mr. English began his career at Superior Business Solutions in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He served as a sales representative and IT Director in 1977 and later went on to become President in 1994. Superior Business Solutions, originally Superior Business Forms, is a third-generation printing solutions reseller. He was a member of the Young Presidents Organization from 1994 to 2004, and served as its Chapter Forum Officer from 2002 to 2003. He served on the Document Management Industries Association’s Board of Directors from 2000 to 2003, receiving its President’s Award in 2008; and on the Print Education and Research Foundation’s Board of Trustees from 2006 to 2012, where he was its Vice Chairman from 2007 to 2008 and Chairman from 2008 to 2012.
Gary Garner—Mr. Garner was first exposed to the printing industry in 1969 with a printing class at Columbia Heights High School. He quickly became the teacher’s assistant and in his senior year, at the age of 17, he began working for a local building supply company to help produce its wholesale, loose-leaf lumber catalog. He later began working for a small printing company in Minneapolis and, over the years, gained experience in printing sales. In 1984 he and two partners founded General Litho Services (GLS). Today, he serves as president and has served on its Board of Directors and as Chairman. Mr. Garner was also inducted into Printing Industries of America’s Board of Directors.
Mary Garnett—Ms. Garnett has been working with Printing Industries of America’s members for more than 19 years. She brought creativity, fresh new ideas, and her programs have brought honor and distinction to Printing Industries of America as well as accolades from attendees. Mary also serves as the publisher of The Magazine and is the co-author of Social Media Field Guide: A Resource for Graphic Communicators. Prior to joining Printing Industries of America, her professional experience has been with universities and colleagues in U.S. military educational programs in Korea, Germany, and the United States.
Ara Izquierdo—Ms. Izquierdo began her career when she joined the Printing Industries Association, Inc. of Southern California more than 42 years ago. She quickly became the office manager and a key staff member. During an extended disability leave of then-manager, Henry Henneberg, she effectively ran the association. She pioneered work in developing the association’s educational foundation, RAISE, which organized a focused effort to assist secondary-level graphic arts educational programs. Printing Industries of America presented her with its Educator Award of Excellence in 2006 and the Naomi Berber Award in 2008, an award recognizing outstanding women in the graphic arts industry. She also played a vital role in developing the Choose Print campaign, an ongoing campaign supported by Printing Industries of America and almost all of its affiliates, and she is now in discussion with the leaders of CANAGRAF to extend Choose Print to Mexico.