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FLEXO Magazine : May 2014
PUBLISHER’S INK Doing “Us” Proud Dim the lights. ” “Cue the music. ” “Call to stage and shine the spotlight on... • 6 best of show winners in Flexog- raphic Technical Association’s 2014 Excellence in Flexography Awards • 2 Technical Innovation Award winners • 2 President’s Award winners • 2 Sustainability Excellence Award winners • Rossini Scholarship recipients • The 2014 Collegiate Phoenix Chal- lenge champions • FTA’s Technical Education Services Team Leadership Award recipients • And, of course, the 52nd inductee into FTA’s Hall of Fame “Pause for applause—even the spon- taneous standing ovation.” Ah, to be recognized by your peers, selected by their votes, saluted for significant contributions to an industry— ranging from development of a single product or service, to a career filled with milestone moments, to the single best print job your plant turned out in 2013— it has to feel great. To all those winners, “Congratulations on your well deserved achievement(s).” Go ahead, take a moment to celebrate, enjoy the attention and soak in the real meaning. You’ve just helped advance flexography to new levels, contributed to pushing it along the path to continuous improvement and kept it vibrant, vital and in demand. Everyone in that room in Baltimore, applauding your achievement(s), sees flexography as packaging’s print pro- cess of choice and is passionate about keeping it that way. They share your mission and your enthusiasm. No event showcases it better than FTA’s Annual Forum and INFO*FLEX Exhibition. It’s CENTRAL IMPRESSIONS All For One, One For Forum This may sound naïve, but I did not realize how much work goes into putting together a trade event. Did you know these things get planned ahead of time? I can’t speak for all of them, but I can vouch for the legwork that goes into planning Forum. I ’ll say with 99 percent certainty that on my first day at FTA last August, some detail of 2014 Forum was already being ironed out. The dates and venue were chosen back in 2012 and I’m sure if you asked, those responsible would tell you it feels like they ’ve been working on the event forever. Each and every FTA staffer carries some portion of the responsibilities on their shoulders. Among the hundreds and thousands descending on Balti- more, our small group would not stand out in a crowded room. Some, like Shelley Rubin, would not stand out in one filled with the diminutive Phoenix Challenge high school winners. But without any one of the staff, Forum would be a Circus. Some of my tasks have included liaising the tags and labels session, proofreading the Excellence in Flex- ography Awards script and tracking down old photos, and other staffers have had similarly diverse to do lists. As the countdown to Baltimore has gone from months to weeks and weeks to days, the cooperation and teamwork has only intensified. I’ve taken a peek at the itinerary and when the FTA team touches down in Maryland, it will be more of the same. Forum is aptly named for the con- vergence of likeminded individuals to 16 FLEXO | MAY 2014 FTA TODAY “