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Commenting on his Forum experience in general, he says, “Most
FTA sponsored and initiated programs have provided some type of
meaningful input to the success of our business. The Forum, however,
stands out above the rest, as the most meaningful and measureable.
The opportunity to meet and interact with our membership—not only
printers and CPCs, but other cosuppliers, and yes, even competitors—
has offered us all tremendous opportunities to learn and benefit.”
As FTA celebrated its Golden Anniversary in 2008, in offering a view
from the chair, Lancelle targeted points of emphasis for the association.
Namely: strategic planning, developing a more active and engaged
membership, ramping up interest in Flexographic Image Reproduction
Specifications & Tolerances (FIRST) training programs and further
development of the Technical Education Services Team.
Since that time, he has supported the Team’s endeavors by contribut-
ing to Flexography: Principles & Practices 6.0 and FIRST 5.0 .
In 2009, he was the recipient of FTA’s President’s Award. Bestowing
the honor, FTA President Mark Cisternino remarked, “Paul Lancelle
is a quiet man with many diverse talents. Paul has been an extreme-
ly active leader of our two governing boards... Through steadfast
leadership and unwavering determination, Paul was at the helm as
this organization became actively involved in reengineering the FTA
and FFTA through a period when it was imperative that the bodies
demonstrate such traits. An enthusiastic supporter of, and participant
in, the Excellence in Flexography Awards Competition for many years
as a judge and committee member, his even keeled temperament and
logical reasoning skills have worked to our advantage on a number of
potentially tense occasions.
“As 2003 Forum chair, Paul proactively participated in the very suc-
cessful ‘Wisdom Team’ whose goal was to keep the association in close
contact with its members and help it fulfill its mission to the industry,”
Beyond FTA, yet still in the realm of flexography and training for its
application, Paul has offered instruction at Clemson University, UW
Stout, Western Michigan University, Fox Valley Technical College,
Ryerson University and Dunwoody Institute of Technology.
He has addressed the industry at Tissue World, Tag and Label Manu-
facturers Institute (TLMI), Twin Cities Flexo Association (TCFA) and
Canadian Flexographic Training Committee (CFTC) events.
FAMILY & FUN
Service is the common denominator in Lancelle’s professional and
personal life. Married to Nancy, his high school sweetheart, for 33
years, the couple has grown children—one daughter, Katie, and three
sons, Garrett, Joe and Max. The Lancelles were recognized as a Green
Bay Family of Distinction in 2009, in honor of their volunteer and
Every family member is an ardent supporter of the Down Syndrome
Association of Wisconsin, Parents of Children with Cognitive Disabil-
ities, the Green Bay Cerebral Palsy Center and Special Olympics.
Paul has been a Special Olympics coach, member of the Knights of
Columbus, past president of the Lions Club and four term Denmark,
WI village trustee. He is active in All Saints Parish in Denmark, WI,
where he is both an usher and lector.
Nancy explains: “It is really hard for me to put into words what kind
of a family man and person Paul is. We have had a lot of crazy things
happen the last 33 years. Looking back, all I see are good memories
and lots of laughter. Paul is the type of person who would do anything
for anyone—except maybe during a Packers game. His favorite times
are when he can be outside. Most weekends during the summer, he is
found by our fire pit with friends and a few Budweisers and some-
times ‘Booyah’ also.
“Because he felt our friends and family needed some fun last summer,
he turned our yard into a nine hole golf course for a party,” she remi-
nisces. “We are already taking reservations for this year’s golf outing!
“He has always been a very patient father, which turned out well
because we have four amazing adult children. Being blessed with two
grandchildren has made his heart even larger.”
Son Garrett observes, “A heart as big as Lambeau Field, my father lives
everyday with a zest for life that is hard not to envy. His dedication to
the flexographic industry over the last 30 years has always been
inspiring. Equal to that is the love he pours into being a husband,
father and grandfather.
“Add to that the hundreds of hours he has spent giving back to his
community through cooking ‘booyah’ and running the annual
‘Booyah Cookoff ’ that raised thousands of dollars for those with spe-
cial needs. Family, friends, and fun—that is Paul Lancelle.”
Borrowing a phrase from one organization that he supports, one ded-
icated to creating opportunities for people with disabilities—ASPIRO,
Latin for “to reach or climb for something”—Paul Lancelle’s vision is
focused on one thing: “Putting success within reach.” n
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