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FLEXO Magazine : Golden Anniversary Commemorative Journal
HEARD FROM THE HALL Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, and the view from the rooftop stands proved a favor- ite point of relaxation following long days on tradefloors. Canadian pride is a common theme of Dave's tradeshow fashion statements. Dave Horsman, enthusiastically burst onto the scene and broke Into Flexo In the late 1960s. SCIENCE, DISCIPLINE & PRO ECT FOG I can sum up my 30+ years experience as a member of FTA as simply "wonderful." It allowed me the opportunity to learn, explore, develop my own theories and style, and deepen the passion I had started for our printing process, following my introduction to it in 1969-on the very first day that I took a job as a press helper. Four years later, in 1973, I first attended an FTA workshop. I believe it was staged in my native Montreal and conducted en français. There, I was exposed to a panel of knowledgeable experts who shared with us their thoughts on different techni- cal aspects of the various components of the flexo process and began building what turned out to be my greatest gain from being a member of FTA-my network of industry contacts who not only became, mentors, confidants, colleagues, friends and then later on students. I attended about SO of these type meetings and was lucky enough to participate as a speaker or chairman in about 30 of them during my career. During my time in the industry, I can remember attending 22 FFTA Annual Forums in about IS different cities. Although I enjoyed and learned lessons at each and every one of them, my favorite had to be Nashville in 2001-not only because of the extremely good choice we made for chairman (me) and surprising Hall of Fame inductee that year (me again), but for being a part of and experiencing what stands out as still the champion of all FTA programs-Project FOG. That exercise proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that when we make flexo a science and use discipline, we can print as well and even better than the other well reputed print processes that are more often associated with high-quality printing. I had a hand in winning two Excellence in Flexography awards during my career-one by simply making a financial contribution as one of the suppliers to the project; the other by being a contributing participant and by helping a client (Polynova) who had purchased a press from us, turn our art form into the scientific process that I believe flexo to be. Polynova took time to create an extremely difficult print job and make it into a very easy print-by-numbers exercise and be rewarded for it. I know that for the client it meant certification to Consumer Product Companies that it was more than capable of printing at the highest level. FTA's Excellence in Flexography Award won Polynova a lot of new business. In gratitude, the printer had a special plaque made in our name and it still hangs proudly in the corporate office of Canflexographics. It was my honour to serve our association in many different roles. I once jokingly mentioned that I probably had every non- paying job the FTA had to offer. I am extremely proud and feel quite fortunate to have had the opportunity to participate at the level I did. I enjoyed each and every minute of it, save for hav- ing to perform one rather unpleasant management task. N ow retired, my walls have been stripped of a lot of the adornments that were in my office while active, but proudly in my den hang the six plaques I received from FTA, including the original membership one that I received when I enlisted the company I started as a member. Nearby is a framed copy of an article written by Mark Cisternino in August of 2005 on the occasion of my retirement from active duty service. -Dave Horsman, FfA Hall of Fame Member, former Chairman FFfA Board of Trustees, Two-time Forum Chair, Founder Canflexographics Dave and Helen Horsman with Flexoman on the INFO*FLEX floor. The newest member of FTA's Hall of Fame at Forum 2001. FTA 50th Anniversary Journal 39
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