DATAMATX, a national outsourcing provider and leader in the distribution of critical business communications and payment services, today announced that its president/CEO and founder, Harry Stephens, was selected by the Xplor International Awards Committee as the recipient of the 2012 Brian Platte Lifetime Achievement Award. Xplor recognized Stephens for not only his contributions to the industry as a whole, but for his proactive involvement in postal reform and the key role he played in the recent “2nd ounce free” ruling for business mailers from the USPS as well.
As an advocate for business mailers across the country, Stephens is actively involved in several postal trade associations. He serves on the Executive Board of the Greater Atlanta Postal Customer Council, Major Mailers Association (MMA), PCC Advisory Committee (PCCAC), and the Board of the National Postal Policy Council (NPPC). He is also president of The Imaging Network Group (INg), an association for Transactional and Direct Mail Marketing service bureaus. As an expert on high-volume print and mail, he has frequently been asked to speak to various USPS groups, including the Board of Governors, about postal reform and other issues affecting business mailers.
“Harry is not only a friend of Xplor’s but a true friend of the industry. He is a remarkable man who has given so much to our industry over the years”, says Skip Henk, EDP, President and CEO of Xplor, “It is truly a privilege for Xplor to honor him.” Established in 2007, the Brian Platte Lifetime Achievement award is given to innovators in the digital document industry whose efforts and contributions have significantly changed the course of its development.
“It is an honor to be recognized by an organization like Xplor whose members include some of the top designers, producers, and distributors of variable data documents in the digital document industry,” said Stephens. “Speaking on behalf of DATAMATX, we are committed to continuously developing innovative communication tools that are vital to achieving business goals. And, while a lifetime achievement award often tends to communicate that one is finished with what they set out to accomplish, the truth is with a pending public USPS public reform and many other ambitious endeavors on the horizon, we believe we have much to do when it comes to the future of print and electronic document distribution systems.”