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FLEXO Magazine : May 2008
FTA TODAY VI III( III Q - ø z - ø III( ø z III President's Awards Honor Leadership Individual and Team Achievements Recognized T he flexo industry has come together at the Annual Forum since 1959. And, this time, to celebrate FTA's Golden Anniversary. An exciting part of our annual ritual is the announcement of the FTA award winners, honoring everything from printing excellence to technical and environmental innova- tion to the lifetime of achievement in the Hall of Fame induc- tion. The FTA President's Award is another important distinction that is presented each year to individuals who have distinguished themselves in ways that have positively affected our organiza- tion and its membership. Although there are no preset criteria against which individuals are evaluated, the selection process simply strives to recognize and thank a few individuals a year for their strong sense of volunteerism related to important industry initiatives. Over the past year, our management team has grown to know our first President's Award recipient, Greg Collins of C-P Flexible Packaging, quite well as he has fulfilled his role as Strategic Planning Initiative (SPI) Chair with a great deal of persistence and fervor. Greg accepted this challenging role last year as FTA launched Phase II of this important organizational endeavor to re-define the Association's value to its membership. Those that know Mr. Collins can attest to the fact that he never does any- thing halfway! From the very beginning, Greg has demonstrated outstanding organizational skills in driving this project forward as he has worked tirelessly to broaden its industry recognition and acceptance through an intensely deliberate process of gain- ing a greater degree of FTA member involvement on the nine market-specific leadership councils. He has worked extremely hard to assure that the total proj ect stays on course and on schedule as he works very closely with the core set of FTA board leadership that make up the SPI Management Team to assist the individual Councils and their leaders in the effective manage- ment of their respective groups. Having participated in many a meeting run by Greg, I can at- test to the fact that the sessions are not only very well organized and effective, you can also set your watch by them as he never wavers from his scheduled timing noting that, "We're all very busy and I want to respect the fact that your time is valuable." It's worth noting that, in addition to very actively fulfilling his role as SPI Chair, Greg is also the FT A Chair-Elect and will assume the role ofFTA Chairman of the Board at next year's Forum. Your contributions are many and our gratitude to you is sincere. Thanks for all you do Greg! - Our second President's Award recipient this year is sort of un- usual. In fact, I can't recall ever presenting an award to a company "team" as opposed to an individual! The General Mills Brand Design Prepress Organization has developed a unique packag- ing graphics supply chain with their in-house photo studio, seven design partners, prepress partner and global print partners that pushes the capabilities of flexo printing to the limit. Some 10 years ago, with the release of the Premiere Edition of FIRST, General Mills-one of the leading members of the consumer product company (CPC) graphics community-made the internal decision that it was going to embrace this new industry document to the fullest, as it began incorporating FIRST principles within the com- pany's overall supply chain. Through this collaborative workflow, General Mills is producing some of the best flexible packaging in the industry, maintaining the integrity of the design as well as providing printable files that can go on press with little trouble and achieve consistently predictable results. The management tools and monitored metrics developed by the Prepress Organization, fully incorporating the FIRST doctrine, assure consistency and repeatability, while confirming the same superior graphics on every package produced. The communication among the printer, prepress provider and the CPC has been described by chain mem- bers as "superb" given a monthly quality report from General Mills serves as a feedback loop further ensuring ongoing quality and consistency throughout the process. Our thanks to General Mills for its strong endorsement and utilization of FIRST! The final 2008 recipient was actually already presented his award last year at the Australian FTA (AFTA) Forum yet we will honor him just the same this year. Anthony Dalleore from MacDermid Printing Solutions in Melbourne Australia has been a venerable flexo good will ambassador representing our friends "down under" for the past 10 years. He serves AFTA as its vol- unteer Secretariat and has worked diligently to help position the industry training packages to help its membership increase its knowledge base in the Asia Pacific market. In striving to fulfill this ambition, Tony sees it as a personal goal to bring the worldwide FTA associations closer in line with each other to send a unified message to the flexographic industry. An absolute pleasure to work with...we are veryfortunate to have a man like Tony representing our vital global partner so well! r1.t MAY 2008 www.flexography.org FLEXO