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Six Industry Leaders Named to NAPL Soderstrom Society

Friday, August 16, 2002

Press release from the issuing company

Induction to take place at the annual dinner meeting of the prestigious Walter E. Soderstrom Society, October 7, 2002, in Chicago  PARAMUS, N.J., Aug. 16, 2002 – The National Association for Printing Leadership (NAPL) will induct six graphic arts industry leaders into its Walter E. Soderstrom Society during the organization’s annual, invitation-only dinner meeting, on Monday, Oct. 7, 2002, at the Mid-America Club in Chicago.  Named for the late Walter E. Soderstrom, one of the founders of NAPL, the Soderstrom Society is an honors organization that provides industry leaders with the opportunity to exchange ideas, suggest improved practices, and recognize the contributions of their peers, including printing firm owners, equipment manufacturers, consultants, and educators.  Current inductees, all of whom have distinguished records of service to the industry, are: * Scott J. Bieda, group publisher, Primedia’s American Printer, Boxboard Containers International, and Paper, Film & Foil Converter publications, Chicago.  * Joe R. Davis, chairman and chief executive officer, Consolidated Graphics, Houston.  * Dr. Shahriar Ghoddousi, vice chairman, president and chief executive officer, The John Henry Company, Lansing, Mich.  * David Pitts, president, Classic Graphics, Inc., Charlotte, N.C.  * Yves Rogivue, chief executive officer, MAN Roland, Inc., Westmont, Ill.  * Peter J. Schaefer, senior vice president, Compass Capital Partners, Ltd., Radnor, Pa. In making the announcement, NAPL President I. Gregg Van Wert said, “The Soderstrom Society is extremely proud to welcome these six individuals, all of whom have contributed in their own way to advancing the industry. We look forward to the contributions they are sure to make to the Soderstrom Society.” Following is background information on the 2002 NAPL Soderstrom Society Inductees: Scott J. Bieda, group publisher, Primedia’s American Printer, Boxboard Containers International, and Paper, Film & Foil Converter publications, Chicago.  Mr. Bieda joined Primedia’s American Printer magazine in 1996 and was promoted to group publisher of the company’s printing and packaging titles in 2001. In addition to overseeing the printed versions of these publications, he is responsible for all ancillary products associated with the titles, including five e-newsletters, three websites, two postcard decks, and a special report program.  Joe R. Davis, chairman and chief executive officer, Consolidated Graphics, Houston. Mr. Davis has been chairman and CEO of Consolidated Graphics since he founded this New York Stock Exchange company in 1985. Prior to that, he had a tenure with International Paper Company, preceded by a career in public accounting. Mr. Davis was graduated from the University of Arkansas.  Dr. Shahriar Ghoddousi, vice chairman, president, and chief executive officer, The John Henry Company, Lansing, Mich. Since joining The John Henry Company nearly 20 years ago, Dr. Ghoddousi has served in a variety of capacities, including director of Management Information Systems, vice president of Operations, and senior vice president for Corporate Development/Mergers & Acquisitions, before assuming his current position. A board member of NAPL, he also serves as chairman and chief executive officer of Digital Label Alliance, a corporation focusing on digital printing technology, electronic prepress, and electronic data interface.  David Pitts, president, Classic Graphics, Inc., Charlotte, N.C. Beginning his career as a duplicator operator at an in-plant, Mr. Pitts has served as president and co-owner of Classic Graphics since its founding in 1983. A current member of NAPL’s board, Mr. Pitts has also served as area director and on the board of  PICA, and as an advisor to the Central Piedmont Community College graphics program and the Appalachian State University’s Graphic Arts Imaging and Technology program.  Yves Rogivue, chief executive officer, MAN Roland, Inc., Westmont, Ill. Mr. Rogivue began his association with the MAN Roland Group in 1989, when he was brought on board to establish and manage the company’s sales and service operations in Istanbul, Turkey. After leaving MAN Roland in 1994 to  pursue  a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, he returned to the company in 1995 to head the acquisition, reorganization, and management of its South African operation. Two years later, he was chosen to lead the company’s Switzerland division and, in 2001, was promoted to direct the North American unit.  Peter Schaefer, senior vice president, Compass Capital Partners, Ltd., Radnor, Pa. Mr. Schaefer is a specialist in valuations and investment banking for Compass Capital, a printing industry-specific investment banking/financial advisory services firm. During his career, he has worked with Coopers & Lybrand and served as a senior consultant to KPMG Peat Marwick’s Corporate Finance Department. He is the editor/publisher of The Compass Report and the Printing Impressions/Compass 28 report. Mr. Schaefer received a Bachelor of Science degree in economics and political science from Trinity College and is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Business Administration at Villanova University. He is a candidate for membership in the American Society of Appraisers.

 

 

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