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FLEXO Magazine : May 2009
FTA TODAY President’s Award Honorees… Nice guys don’t always fi nish last! t’s that time of year again; time to recognize a select group of individuals for their commitment and dedication to advancing the fl exo industry, technology and community through their work with this organization on a number of diff erent fronts. The FTA President’s Award is an important distinction, announced annually to strongly supportive members who have distinguished themselves in ways that have had a very positive, long-lasting impact on FTA/FFTA and its membership. Our fi rst 2009 President’s Award recipient, Mark Coff man I of Dixie Graphics, has pledged his time and expertise to the FTA on a variety of fronts over the years. Anyone involved in the Excellence in Flexography Awards competition, knows this man’s smiling face as he has off ered his services as an awards judge on a number of occasions. Since Mark started his career as a press operator and worked his way into positions responsible for quality control, he is uniquely qualifi ed to evaluate print quality in this prestigious print competition. Participating in a variety of capacities on FFTA Forum programs—as speaker, session chair this year, co-chair of the 2010 Forum after which he will take on the role of Forum Chair for the 2011 event—Mark’s outstanding balance of having a strong technical knowledge, eff ective communication skills along with an outgoing, aff able personality, combine to make him an outstanding contributor on this always important industry program. In a high-profi le position within the FTA as a member of the Prepress Leadership Council, Mark is also off ering his time and energy on the preparation of a FIRST Design Guide which is being produced to educate designers and design students on the benefi ts of, and requirements for, fl exo printing. Your work is much appreciated, my friend…thank you for your drive and enthusiasm! Next up, a very close friend of mine and the FTA, Paul Lancelle of Eastman Kodak Co., is a quiet man with many diverse talents. Finishing up his six-year tenure on the FTA Board of Directors and FFTA Board of Trustees at this year’s Forum, Paul has been an extremely active leader of our two governing boards, having worked his way up to FFTA Board Chair from 2006-2008 and Immediate Past Board Chair for the past year. Through his steadfast leadership and unwavering determination, Paul was at the helm as this organization’s leadership became actively involved in re-engineering the FTA and FFTA through a period when it was imperative that the bodies demonstrate such traits. An accomplished author, Paul has shared his expertise through the penning of a number of technical articles focusing on cutting-edge prepress issues in FLEXO Magazine, as well as in a variety of other industry publications. An enthusiastic supporter of, and participant in, the Excellence in Flexography Awards competition for many years as 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 actively participated in the very successful 148 FLEXO MAY 2009 Coffman Lancelle Marquardt “Wisdom Team” whose goal was to keep the Association in close contact with its members and help it fulfi ll its mission to the industry. And, to round it all out, Paul and his entire family were recently recognized by the YWCA of Green Bay as a Family of Distinction for their volunteer and community eff orts. You’re one in a million Paul. Thanks for your leadership, commitment and friendship! The fi nal President’s Award recipient this year, Allen Marquardt of Kimberly-Clark Corp., has stepped up to the plate from the consumer product company (CPC) community and committed himself to making a diff erence within the FTA. Allen was a stakeholder in the development of the Sustainable Green Printing (SGP) Partnership in 2007-2008 and as a representative of the print buyer community he provided valuable insight into the CPC perspective of a certifi cation program. He was instrumental in formulating a credible program for the entire printing industry and its supply chain. Allen’s contributions and dedication to this important industry coalition continues as a member of the 2009-2011 SGP Board of Directors. Actively involved in the organization’s meetings program, he chaired the Sustainability Session for this year’s Forum and energetically participated in the “Conversations with Your Customers” panel at the 2009 National Environmental, Health and Safety Conference, where he spoke about the pressures CPC’s are feeling internally and what they expect from their print suppliers. As a very fervent participant on FTA’s Sustainable Green Printing Committee, which works on initiatives directly impacting FTA member companies and the CPC Leadership Council, Allen has extended the impact of his knowledge to educating other members of the print buying community on the fi ner points related to successfully incorporating sustainability into company business and print production models. Through your hard work, FTA will certainly sustain its value as a vital organization espousing green technologies and practices. Much appreciated, Allen! As I sought input from members of the FTA management team to assemble the profi les on these three fi ne gentlemen, there was one common thread that was expressed by all. Not only are they awesome supporters of the FTA…all three are really nice guys! www. f le xography. org ENGAGING IDEAS