NAPL Leadership Change: Gregg Van Wert and Joe Truncale Comment
Monday, June 24, 2002
Van Wert creates The Haven Group; Truncale to implement real time feedback system. June 24, 2002 -- (WhatTheyThink.com) -- Recently, NAPL - the National Association for Printing Leadership announced that I. Gregg Van Wert would step down as president and CEO and Executive Vice President, Joseph P. Truncale would replace him at the end of the year. Van Wert’s decision was planned and follows a well respected career with the Association that spans almost 30 years of industry service. Gregg Van Wert plans to stay very involved with the Association and the industry even after his tenure. He has created The Haven Group, a consultancy that specializes in advancing the business, communications, and planning objectives of industry companies. Joe Truncale says his top initiative as CEO will be to develop a system that garners immediate feedback on issues and services important to NAPL members. Truncale wants NAPL to be the “first” place printers go to when looking for reliable and quality intelligence. The comments were made in a two part interview with WhatTheyThink.com that will be published today and tomorrow. Gregg Van Wert says that at “a very youthful” 56 years of age - he’ll just be departing without leaving. “As I approach December 31, my plan is to identify a limited number of client companies whose history I admire, and whose management I respect. Because the Association remains at the top of that list, I will continue to devote a significant portion of my time to advancing new NAPL initiatives. I also plan to work in a consultative capacity with NAPL member companies as a facilitator of strategic planning, and as a resource for public relations and marketing communications support. Toward that end, I have established The Haven Group, a consultancy that specializes in advancing the business, communications, and planning objectives of client companies.” Specifically, Van Wert says The Haven Group will advise select clientele on matters pertaining to business strategy, project management, Public Relations and marketing objectives. Preparing for his tenure, Joe Truncale realizes that success in this industry is going to look and feel very different in the future. He says that NAPL’s most successful members are already diversifying their products and services to meet customer demands. Truncale will implement a system for reaching out to all NAPL members so the Association can adapt to these future needs in real time. “Change happens at a incredibly rapid pace, one that only promises to quicken over the coming years. If we want NAPL to be the resource our members turn to FIRST for quality insights and dependable advice, we need to be out front listening to them on a number of levels --not only through formal surveys, but through thoughtful one-on-one dialogue and other personal feedback processes.” Premium Access Members can view these comments today and tomorrow at www.whattheythink.com. In part one, Gregg Van Wert speaks about the Association’s evolution, predictions for the future, industry trade shows, NAPL’s economic data and much more. In part two, Joe Truncale discusses his top priorities, expected industry challenges, training, education and much more.