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PIA Vice President Vicki Keenan Announces Retirement, to be honored at 2014 Franklin Luminaire Awards Program

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Press release from the issuing company

Printing Industries Alliance announces the retirement of Vice President Vicki Keenan, effective October 1, 2014.   

Vicki joined the organization as Vice President in 2006 as part of the organization’s expansion into the Metro New York region. She made an immediate and positive contribution assisting the organization in understanding the various elements and concerns of the metro New York graphic communications industry.

From 1993 to 2006, Vicki served as Vice President, Executive Vice President, and President of the Association of Graphic Communications. A consummate professional, a great deal of Vicki’s career has been devoted to representing the industry’s interests with regard to federal, state, and local governmental affairs.  In this capacity, she has been involved in a variety of critical issues including sales tax on postage and direct mail, clean air regulations, and creation of an $8 million Printers Relocation Fund, to name just a few. 

Vicki started her career in Washington with successful positions as a senior government and public affairs representative for the National Newspaper Association, Bechtel Corporation and the American Consulting Engineers Council. 

She has served for many years on the NYC Dept. of Education’s Graphic Arts Industry Advisory Commission.  She was a founding board officer of the now Graphic Communications Scholarship Foundation, a member of the East Orange (NJ) High School’s Printing and Graphic Communications Center Advisory Committee and represented the industry on two separate NYC Mayoral Advisory Committees:  Small Business and Graphic Arts.  In 2012, she was honored with the Gold Key Award and inducted as an honorary member of the Gamma Epsilon Tau Gamma Chapter, an international Graphic Arts Honor Society at NYC College of Technology.

Vicki has been instrumental in developing the annual Franklin Event (now the Franklin Luminaire Awards) into the premier networking event in the graphic communications industry. 

In making this announcement, PIA Chairman Patrick R. Ryan commented, “PIA, and our industry, owe Vicki Keenan a debt of gratitude for her dedicated years of service and work on behalf of us all. Best wishes for a happy and healthy retirement!”

PIA President Tim Freeman remarked, “I have been pleased to call Vicki a friend since the day she started at AGC. We have worked together on a number of important industry issues through the years and much of the success we have achieved on these issues should be attributed to her business acumen and political savvy. Her knowledge and perseverance have always been big industry assets that will be hard to replace.”

Please join the PIA membership, Board and staff in wishing Vicki all the best for happy and healthy retirement.

Vicki Keenan will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Franklin Luminaire Awards program being held September 17, 2014 at Pier Sixty in Manhattan. For further information contact Printing Industries Alliance at 716-691-3211.


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