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FLEXO Magazine : Golden Anniversary Commemorative Journal
ENGAGING IDEAS Not Bad for Our First 50 Years Success built on unparalleled opportunity, solid organizational principles & outstanding people! As I've been known to quote music lyrics at times in my monthly column, I don't know which of these two would best reflect my sentiments as I reflect back on the Golden Anniversary of FTA, specifically, the 23 years I have been a member of the team: James Taylor's, "the secret of life is enjoying the passage of time," or the Grateful Dead's, "what a long strange trip it's been!" I'm kidding of course. Truth be told, through the good times, as well as the trying times, my tenure on FTA's management team has been an awesome journey, one that I wouldn't exchange for anything short of a starting spot on the New York Jets front line! When I was hired as a part-time mailroom assistant in November 1984, my only concern was making a few extra bucks as I completed my graduate degree. Although my first job out of college a couple of years earlier was peddling printed products on the streets of Manhattan (New York, not Kansas) for Curtis 1000, the world of graphic arts was one I had never really paid much attention to. I'd like to say that my career path is something that I had planned all of my life, but, like many I turned a corner and bumped right into my future. It didn't take long for me to start picking up an interest in the business dealings of FTA as I began to learn all about this printing process with a funny name as well as the tremendous opportuni- ties that existed in the marketplace as a direct result of the activi- ties of FTA. From very early on, I began to interact with member visitors to the office, in Huntington Station at the time, and learn as much as I could about this "up and coming" technology, as well as the amazing possibilities for the future given the then steep market growth curve that the industry was experiencing. I would be remiss if I did not extend a special note of thanks and gratitude on behalf of the entire FTA membership to Fred Moss and everyone at Galvanic Printing and Flexi Printing Plate Co. in Moonachie, NJ for his company's very generous donation of its services and materials in the production of this commemo- rative journal. Old-timers out there Qike me!) remember that his company also produced FTA's Silver Anniversary Journal back in 1983. Fred has been a strong believer in FTA, a staunch sup- porter of its programs and a very good friend of mine for a long time. Thanks for your generosity Fred! Although the entire staff had a hand in producing this out- standing Golden Anniversary Journal, three members of the team in particular deserve special attention. Bob Moran, Jay Kaible and Christian Bonawandt worked long hours, scoured through piles of old magazines and dusty organizational archives and made countless phone calls to ensure that this project was a resounding success. Your efforts are genuinely appreciated! 130 FTA 50th Anniversary Journal As success is often described as opportunity fulfilled, I thought, why not try to capitalize on what potentially lay in front of me; so I worked hard to "get noticed." One thing led to another and be- fore I knew it, a part-time gig turned into a full-time career! The '80s was a period of strong growth within the flexo industry and, therefore, also for FTA, based on the intense hunger for technical information and education. Over the years, much has changed with respect to the technology and the key market drivers, yet the principles on which FTA, and its sister educational foundation FFTA, are built, have remained constant. To me, that is a direct result of an organization with a clear, focused vision and good people committed to seeing that vision through to reality. There have been thousands of dedicated industry volunteer leaders committed to FTA's principles over the years-far too nu- merous to mention here. The two gentlemen that I have had the privilege of serving under as the organization's chief staff officer, George Parisi and Bill Dowdell, deserve special recognition for their valuable contributions toward executing and maintaining FTA's solid founding principles. They each had their own distinct management style, yet their commitment to organizational excel- lence and their vision for a bright future was certainly common to them both. FTA, and I personally, owe these two industry lead- ers a great deal of gratitude. Gulian Ross preceded George and is rightfully recognized by him in his column on page 54.) My final acknowledgment, as I reflect upon FTA's golden an- niversary, is to give mention to all the many outstanding people that have made this organization what it is today. It wouldn't be fair to attempt to name names because there aren't enough pages in this journal to include them all. Volunteer organizations like FT A are only as good as the people that keep them chugging along. . . and this industry has certainly had some of the very best! The dedication, enthusiasm and passion that our member- ship has demonstrated in FTA's 50 years of existence is the main reason there'll be a new generation of people honoring the or- ganization on its 100 year anniversary in 2058. We've had, and continue to have, the very best industry volunteers lending their expertise for the common good of us all. Last, but by no means least, I cannot forget the past and present members of the FTA/FFTA staff. Their individual and collective tal- ent, loyalty and commitment to excellence in executing the day- to- day business interests as set forth by the membership and its leader- ship, close the loop in making FTA a truly outstanding organization. I am very proud to have been a part of FTA's journey and to call myself your president. Thank you all! . 1'1-l
Flexo Sustainable Spring 2008