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Suzy Cisternino, his wife of 28 years, confidently states, "Every year
before Forum, I ask Mark about the Hall of Fame recipient. He invari-
ably tells me about an exceptional person and of his or her amazing
accomplishments, dedication and passion. He has spoken about each
and every one with the utmost respect and genuine admiration. For
him to be inducted into the Hall of Fame and stand with those he
holds in such high regards, will be the greatest moment of his career.
He will be incredibly honored and overjoyed and---I'm sure---over-
come with emotion."
She further remarked, "With each new position he held, Mark learned
and he grew. What impresses him the most are the people he has met
and had the opportunity to work with and learn from over the years. He
loves visiting member sites, be they schools or companies, and meeting
production staff and management. Mark has lived the ups and downs of
the industry and has devoted himself to making it the best it can be. He
is most proud of where FTA and the flexo industry are today."
INTEGRITY & PROFESSIONALISM
Paul Lancelle, who entered the Hall of Fame in 2015, expressed a
warm welcome to its newest member. "Mark's tenure of service and
commitment to the association is both commendable and astonishing.
He has steered this ship through some very rough waters at times,
consistently maintaining and demonstrating the highest degree of
integrity and professionalism along the way.
"As anyone in a position such as his is likely to encounter, he has also
had to face his share of 'detractors' at times. What has always stood
out to me has been his even keel and steadfast determination in deal-
ing with both success and adversity. He's been our 'rock.'"
Lancelle continued, "I personally owe a lot to Mark as it relates to my
involvement in this association over the years. For reasons I'm still
not sure why, he placed enough trust and confidence in me early on,
ultimately leading to my being named Forum chair, serving on the
FTA Board of Directors and as Excellence in Flexography Awards
"What I value most, though, is how our professional relationship has
morphed and developed into a true friendship. Mark is one of the
most sincere and thoughtful people I've ever met. He may not neces-
sarily wear it on his sleeve, but he has a heart of gold."
Howard B. Vreeland, Jr., who joined the club in 2008, said that Mark
"lives and breathes FTA. We are lucky to have him as the face of our
Mark Samworth, inducted to the Hall of Fame in 2011, offers similar
thoughts. "Mark is not the flashy showman vying to be the center of
attention or the life of the party. He has produced consistent, winning
results over the long run. A careful observation of Mark over a period
of years reveals that it is exactly his lack of ego and lack of spotlight
lust that has allowed so many others to shine at FTA events. And after
all, the true success of a trade association leader is not how much at-
tention he garners for himself, but how much light he casts on others
and on the flexo industry at large.
"Mark deserves Hall of Fame status because of the success that FTA
has seen through his leadership," Samworth continued. "In an era
where most trade organizations are declining in size and relevance,
FTA is breaking records. This reflects the continued commitment to
providing true value to FTA members and event attendees. Balancing
product quality with the politics of an association dedicated to serving
an industry with conflicting interests can lead a lesser person to a goal
of pure risk aversion. Mark seems to have found the right balance, and
that balance has resulted in a better FTA and an improved industry."
The list of FTA's milestone moments the new Hall of Fame member
had a hand in includes:
• Initiation of new educational fundraising programs
• Establishment of the FQC
• Publication and revision of FIRST workbooks
• FTA's move into the electronic age with the incorporation of
email into daily activities, launch of the association's website,
establishment of an Internet edition of FLEXO and later its
Internet quarterly, launch of a Forum app and electronic show
dailies, opening the FTA Store, and the rollout of a presence on
• Compilation of the first SourceBook
• Launch and execution of FTA's Strategic Planning Initiative
• Founding the Sustainable Green Printing (SGP) Partnership
• Sponsor of Flexible Packaging and FTA Brand Perception and
• Creation of a Technical Education Services Team
• Commemoration of FTA's 50th or Golden Anniversary
• Development and evolution of a virtual campus
Clockwise, from top left: Ice fishing on a recent trip to Minnesota; with Pro
Football Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw during the 1998 Forum; dressed
as one half of The Blues Brothers with FTA's own Joe Tuccitto at the 2013
Forum; with his wife, daughter and former U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle
at the 2003 Forum.
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