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FLEXO Magazine : June 2008
VI :I III Z Z o - = - u o VI VI III( - FTA TODAY Harpers Earn Virtual Ovation at 2008 Forum At the FFTA Annual Forum, numerous awards and honors are given out every year. On Sunday, April 27, amidst cel- ebration of the Association's 50th Anniversary of "Making Flexo Stronger," FTA President Mark Cisternino, alongside Education Director Joe Tuccitto, announced the establish- ment of the first-ever Distinguished Educational Leadership Award and presented it to Ron and Katherine Harper. The honor recognizes their lifetimes of dedication to flexographic education on all levels, including a significant contribution to FFTA's TEST (Technical Education Services Team). "The founding partners of this monumental effort (TEST) are two long-time friends of the flexographic business and educational community who have not only talked the talk; they have most certainly walked the walk," said Tuccitto in front of more than 600 industry professionals at the annual awards banquet. "Ron and Katherine Harper-both on their own as well as representatives of Harper Corporation of America-have supported an amazing variety of international educational initiatives for over 35 years." "Ron, Katherine: Please accept this very special Distinguished Educational Leadership Award presented to you on behalf of the management, leadership, membership and, most importantly, the teachers and students you've de- voted a lifetime to assisting," said Cisternino. "Ron, on the jacket of your book, The Harder I Work, the Luckier I Get, you state, 'There is so much more to life than money. The impor- tant questions are: Have I made a difference in this world? And have I had a substantial positive influence on someone's life?'With this recognition, we'd like to say to you both here tonight: Mission accomplished!" Although the two were unable to attend the event, as the award was formally announced, the audience of 600+ flexog- raphers erupted with loud cheers and a standing ovation last- ing several minutes. Video of the presentation was streamed over the Internet the next day for the Harpers to see. "Katherine and I were especially honored and humbled to have received this prestigious award from the FTA, represent- ing an industry that we fell in love with 46 years ago," said Ron Harper from his home in Charlotte, NC, "and for an important cause that we are so passionate about-flexographic education within our industry and at both a high school and college level." "This honor, and the beautiful and uniquely designed award trophy, is right up there with the Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters that Ron and I received from Appalachian State University last October," added Katherine Harper. "You can bet the trophy will be displayed in a very special place in our home." As the Australian Flexographic Technical Association's (FTA) 2008 Apprentice of the Year, Chris Norwood has earned world- wide experience in the flexo industry. He began his career in printing 11 years ago as a helper for a local printer in his native UK. "I stayed there for five years. Then the opportunity came up to emigrate to Australia," he explained to FLEXO from his hotel room in St. Paul, MN. "I wanted to stay in the printing industry, so I found a job not far from where I was living in Melbourne. I was with them for about a year as a printing assistant, and I shined quite well, so they offered me an adult printing apprenticeship." His employers at Detmold Flexibles encouraged him to apply for the Apprenticeship of the Year award as a way of rewarding himself for his hard work. While he feels he's earned it, he in- sisted, "It was kind of a shock to find out I had won. What really brought it home was be- ing here in the U.S. I'm a little awed by it all. I am very proud." As part of the prize, AFfA, 3M Co. and MacDermid Printing Solutions paid for him to fly to Dallas, TX to be recognized in front the North American flexo industry at FFTA's Annual Forum. While there, he had a chance to attend some of the ses- sions, networked and got a good feeling Flexor the World Over FLEXO 2008 www.f I exog ra p hy.o rg JUNE