Also absent from the proceedings, but for a poignant reason, was John Tempest, posthumous recipient of the Power of Communications Award for Printing. Tempest died on November 7, 2012, after a 35-year career in sales and management in the print and media industries. His résumé included positions with Banta, World Color, Fuji, Acme Printing, and UniGraphic. He was an active member of Printing Industries Alliance and other graphics industry trade groups.
Tempest left behind him, says Printing Industries Alliance, “an immense family of friends.” One of them, Diane Romano, president and COO of HudsonYards, remembered him as a mischievously humorous but unfailingly sympathetic character who cared genuinely about everyone in his large circle.
“Everyone has at least one J.T. story,” Romano said. “The lucky ones among us have many J.T. stories.” Tempest’s wife, Nancy, accepted the award in his memory.
The John Peter Zenger Medal, named for an 18th-century hero of press freedom in America, is reserved for industry members who demonstrate exemplary qualities of courage, charity, activism, or service. This year, the tribute was bestowed upon Kenneth Heath, group publisher at Source Media, a media company serving the financial services industry.
The award cites his personal crusade for the elimination of the disease ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease). He also is an activist for other medical causes and spearheads Children of Fallen Patriots, an organization that provides educational help for young people who have lost military parents in combat or training-related accidents.
Heath quipped that the “courage” attributed to him in his selection for the Zenger Medal “must relate to selling advertising in the financial services industry for 20 years.” Turning to his main theme, he called for voluntarism on everyone’s part to relieve the suffering caused by afflictions like Lou Gehrig’s disease. “I hope that soon, we all meet someone who can say, ‘Hello, I am a survivor of ALS,’” Heath declared.
Those honored with the Franklin Award for Distinguished Service do not necessarily have to be connected with the graphics industry as long as they embody visionary leadership in their respective fields. The purpose of choosing celebrities as Franklin Award recipients is to focus attention on graphic communications and to promote its contributions to culture and society.
This year’s honoree, Shannon Miller, does have an industry connection in that her husband manages a 75-year-old commercial printing business in Jacksonville, FL. But, her celebrity stems from her extraordinary record as the most decorated gymnast in U.S. history. She is the holder of more than 100 national and international competition medals, the majority of them gold. Miller won seven Olympic medals for gymnastics—two gold, two silver, three bronze—and is the only female athlete to be inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame twice (for individual and team performance).
Professionally, she is a promoter of health and wellness for women and children, spreading the message with a weekly talk radio program and a series of books and DVDs. Miller also is a motivational speaker and a sports commentator/analyst.
Having survived a rare form of ovarian cancer in 2011, she became an advocate for early cancer detection and treatment among women. She referred to her struggle with the disease in her Franklin Award acceptance remarks, noting the lessons it inspired her to teach others about goal-setting, persevering, and staying positive in difficult circumstances.
Miller also mentioned the struggles of the printing industry in recent years, but saluted it for the progress it has made toward making print more important to consumers.
Responsible for the success of the 2013 Franklin Event are Tim Freeman, president of Printing Industries Alliance, and a 24-member Franklin Event Committee co-chaired by Brenda Barozzi (Pipeline ps) and Adam Avrick (Design Distributors).