Home' FLEXO Magazine : May 2017 Contents FTA Board of Directors
FFTA Board of Trustees
FTA Chairman of the Board
Howard B. Vreel and, Jr.
FFTA Chairman of the Board
Anderson & Vreeland, Inc.
FTA Chair Elect
Mark Andy Inc.
FFTA Chair Elect
Dan D oherty
Prairie State Group
FFTA Vice Chair, Project Evaluation
FFTA Vice Chair, Scholarships
Farnell Packaging Ltd.
FTA Vice Chair, Education/CPC
FTA Vice Chair, Suppliers
FFTA Vice Chair, Solicitations
FTA Vice Chair, Printer/Converter
Coveris High Performance Packaging
Flexographic Technical Association
Master Packaging Inc.
Accredo Packaging, Inc.
Smyth Companies, LLC
FLEXO Magazine Editorial
DuPont Advanced Printing
All Printing Resources, Inc.
E.C. Shaw Co.
C-P Flexible Packaging
Encore Washington Ltd.
coincides with every Forum, release of the
awards edition is always a proud moment for
Boxes, bags, wrappers, labels—pressure
sensitive, glue applied, full body shrink
sleeves—tubes, tags, carton, cups, envelopes,
calendars, cards and even balloons captured
prizes and spoke to flexography’s grasp on
application of special effects across a broad
spectrum of packaging entities. What judges
saw was inspiring, sometimes precedent
setting. No matter how high the bar gets set,
everyone involved comes away committed to
continuous improvement. That’s terrific!
Most impressive is this year’s list of firms
exerting tight grip on victory, evidenced by
high award count. Who stands out? Many.
Namely, McDowell Label, 12; Prolamina/
ProAmpac, six; and Berry Global, Inc., five.
To that, add all Best of Shows, as well as these
printers, each of which captured three or
more honors: Cenveo, Creative Converting,
Encore Envelopes, G-3 Enterprises, Gold-
en Era Group, Industrias de Plasticos S.A.,
International Paper, Mac Papers Envelope
Converters Inc., MackayMitchell, Packag-
ing Technologies, Pioneer Balloon Co. and
Flexo does not rest on its laurels. Preserva-
tion of the title “Packaging’s Dominant Print
Process” is paramount. As our winners know,
there are always new jobs to be won and
additional market share to be captured.
Glimpse at the complete list of honorees
on page 6. The gallery awaits your viewing
on page 29, as well as right out on the
INFO*FLEX floor. Accolades all around!
keep them apart? No, then it’ll look like I’m
in shock. Maybe I cover my mouth?” I tried
every option and each one made me look like
an alien trying to impersonate a human.
The reason I look like an absolute doofus is
because I am terrified of public speaking. If
you came up to me—alone—at Forum and
said, “Are you Brad Pareso? I really liked
your profile of Steve!” I would thank you
and make polite small talk. But if another
person came and listened to my small talk, I
would start to sweat, feel like my mouth was
full of saliva and begin to swallow every four
seconds, and after about a minute, run away.
I have no greater fear; I would dance with my
mother for 100 hours before I would willingly
speak to a crowd for one minute.
But for this column, I sucked it up and
watched that video, and doing so reaffirmed
two things I already knew to be true.
The first is that Steve truly deserves to be in
the Hall of Fame. While I could barely ask
“What are standards?” without sounding
like I’d just run a marathon, each answer he
gave was somehow both thought out and off
the top of his head. He spoke with an ease
people reserve for when talking about their
greatest passions, the things that inspire
them and drive them. And he did it on the
spur of the moment—I interrupted him on
the INFO*FLEX show floor, and 10 minutes
later we were mic’d up and ready to go. That
he thanked me both before and after the in-
terview was, I know now after writing 4,000
words about him, just Steve’s selfless M.O., as
he really was thankful for the chance to talk.
The second? I should never, ever, ever, be on
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