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FLEXO Magazine : December 2012
Golden Era Group for Kellogg's® Corn Flakes with Real Honey Cereal Box Paper and Design GmbH for Just Refreshing Napkin Advance Packaging Corp. for Mastr 'onardi Produce Ltd. Gourmet Greenhouse Vegetables Tray Rock-Tenn Co. for Greens Garden Kit Encore Envelopes Ltd. for Club Med Envelope • As a printer-turned-prepress expert, Al Bowers under- stands package production like no other. As the 50th inductee into the FTA Hall of Fame, Bowers was most deserving and is in good company. As a forbearer for the Flexographic Image Reproduction Specifications and Tolerances (FIRST), Bowers has been a tremendous influence on everything flexo. Early in his career, Bow- ers made indelible marks upon the FTA: from Fox Valley Technical College flexographic seminars to the devel- opment of the FFTA FlexSys training modules, Bowers has sat on the FTA's Board of Directors, its Foundation's Board of Trustees, and earned a President's Award. Bowers' thirst for standards and specifications has led him to work with Clemson University via its Process Color Symposiums and the International Standards Organiza- tion and its Walmart Ink Specification Project. • Fifth Annual Phoenix Challenge Competition: Tasked with creating labels, packages, and presentations for snacks to be sold in college convenience stores, 51 students from eight schools competed against resources, long hours and themselves. The California Polytechnic State University team of Audrey VanCamp, Kendra Jaqua, Kaela SooHoo, Eli McNut, Chris Hernandez, and instruc- tor Malcolm Keif was deemed the overall winner. Ryerson University took the honors in concept and graphics cate- gory. Clemson University earned first place for research. Dunwoody College of Technology won for execution. • The 15th Annual Phoenix Challenge High School Skills Challenge Competition, held at the Harper National Flexographic Campus of Central Piedmont Commu- nity College, saw Sharon Mai and Daniel Langsford of Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School take first place. Second place went to the same school's Li-Anne Chang and Elina Shafiguluna. Fairfield Career and Tech- nology Center Students Jada Martin and Vincent Frank captured third place. • FTA's President's Awards recognized two industry leaders for their strong support for the core values that FTA/FFTA espouses: Lon Robinson III, Tension Corp., has been called upon to lend his technical and leadership expertise many times. A staunch proponent of FIRST, Robinson contributed to the book's content from the envelope industry perspective. Currently, Robinson serves on both the FTA Board of Directors and the FFTA Board of Trustees; holding the position of Vice Chair Project Evaluations. As a long-time judge of the Excellence in Flexography Awards, Robinson now serves on the Awards Committee.