Home' FLEXO Magazine : February 2016 Contents Mary Sullivan, Ralph Boer Promoted at Mark Andy
CHESTERFIELD, MO---Mark Andy Inc. has announced new roles for two well known faces, Mary Sullivan and Ralph Boer.
Mary Sullivan has been appointed to regional sales manager, assuming responsibility for sales of Mark Andy presses in the West Coast territory.
Her more than 15 years' experience leading the company's marketing e orts and guiding a successful brand portfolio, combined with a reputa-
tion as an in uential industry professional, make her well poised to have a remarkable impact in her new role. Mary is also a member of FTA's
Board of Directors and FFTA's Board of Trustees.
Ralph Boer will take on the role of digital sales manager, a strategic position focused on further developing and supporting the installation base
of the market ready Digital Series. He brings more than 30 years of versatile printing knowledge and a strong sales and customer commitment.
With his history and background in all things printing, from exo to digital to o set, Ralph is a critical asset as Mark Andy Digital Series con-
tinues to rede ne the digital label printing space.
as a technical salesman, then became regional sales manager for the
Midwest before being promoted to vice president of national accounts
in 1981 and eventually, vice president, general manager Western Di-
vision and member of the executive board. He retired in 1999, shortly
a er writing the book, e Anilox Roll: Heart of the Flexo Process.
"Although Joe had not been actively employed for a number of years,
he always remained active and in touch with his exo friends," FTA
President Mark Cisternino recalled. "He was a great help to me as I
progressed in my career... and a very good friend who I always en-
joyed reconnecting with. He loved going to Forum annually and most
recently made the trip last year to Nashville, where he o ered FTA his
services, volunteering as a goodwill ambassador at the registration
desk. Joe's smiling face was an awesome representation of the FTA! He
will surely be missed by all whose lives he touched."
Hearing the news of Joe's passing, numerous exographers and fellow
HoF members passed along recollections and anecdotes:
"We traveled the country and the globe sharing technical information
with new and experienced exographers. Joe could be deadpan seri-
ous when judging Excellence in Flexography Awards candidates. He
contributed to helping FTA while on its Board and even in retirement
on the Hall of Fame Committee. roughout those years, we had so
many laughs and shared so many of life's experiences. I'll say, with
a blush, (and as 'younger' men) we both admired and appreciated
beautiful women. So, Joe married one---someone who was a very nice,
pleasant and supportive wife, and a beautiful person. Joe, the FTA and
the industry will miss you. I especially will miss you."
--Tony Bart, 1996
"I am a bit devastated, as Joe was not only one of my best exo friends
but also one of my best teachers. I learned some very valuable sales
and people lessons from him. I wrote a suppliers' newsletter around
1998 or so all about him, his idiosyncrasies and some of the lessons I
learned from him over the years.
Joe and I had a standing appointment at every Forum we both attend-
ed since I retired 10 years ago, where we would reminisce and solve a
lot of the world's problems. I will keep it this year, as I am sure he will
be there and be listening, and I will for sure see in my mind that big
toothy smile. Godspeed my friend and thank you for helping me all
these years to be a better person."
--Dave Horsman, 2001
"We'll all feel the void when we approach the Forum registration desk
this year. It seemed like he was always the rst face I saw and it always
came with a warm greeting."
--Page Crouch, 2014
"Joe was, by any measure, an exceptional human being and a true
--Alan Leeson, 2004
"I am so sorry to hear of the loss of our fellow Hall of Fame member
and dear friend. I always looked for ward to seeing him at Forum. We
will all certainly miss Joe. My prayers go out to his family."
--John Shreve, 1997
"Joe was such a warm and gentle person. He was always willing to
help younger exographers and made sure to make you feel wanted.
He will be missed."
--Howard Vreeland, 2008
FAMILY & COMMUNITY
Joe served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II as a war-
rant o cer, junior grade in the 121st Heavy Tank Battalion and 33rd
Infantry Division. A er completing military service, Joe attended
both John Marshall Law School and Aurora College, while simul-
taneously ser ving eight years as a chief warrant o cer in the Army
In Geneva, IL, his hometown, Joe is fondly remembered as a PeeWee
football coach, as well a past president of the league. He is survived by
children Joseph (Candy) and David (Sabrina); grandchildren Joey, Jef-
frey, Andrea and David, and brother Mario. Joe was preceded in death
by his loving wife of 54 years, Nancy, who passed away in 2009. n
To read extended remembrances of Joe, visit www. exography.org.
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