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Betty Maul, George Leyda Honored by IDEAlliance at SPECTRUM Conference

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Maul, President of FrontEnd Graphics is awarded the Spectrum Leadership award; Leyda, President of ColorInfo Inc., receives the IDEA Award. ALEXANDRIA, VA (November 20, 2001) --IDEAlliance, formerly known as the Graphic Communications Association (GCA), recognized two of its member leaders during its recent SPECTRUM 2001 Conference held in Tuscon, Arizona. "The honors bestowed on these two individuals are well-deserved," explained David Steinhardt, President and CEO of IDEAlliance. "Both Betty Maul and George Leyda have demonstrated a long-term dedication to the education and advancement of the entire graphic communications community." Betty Maul, President of FrontEnd Graphics of Cherry Hill, NJ, was presented the SPECTRUM Leadership Award, for her dedication and commitment to the SPECTRUM conference through her years of work with the conference committee. The SPECTRUM Planning Committee, consisting of over 100 industry volunteers, nominates and selects recipients of the Spectrum Leadership Award each year. Diane Romano, the 2000 recipient of the award, presented the award to Maul during a special ceremony at the conference. Maul, whose energy has inspired a number of SPECTRUM attendees over the years, served as the SPECTRUM Committee Vice-Chair in 1995, was Chair herself in 1996, and today continues to be an active proponent and participant of the conference program. She began her graphic arts career in 1982 as a technical illustrator and established her own company in 1989, and since then has served as a Past President of the Philadelphia Chapter of Women in Production and Membership Chairperson for Women in Production in New York. Also honored at SPECTRUM 2001 was George W. Leyda, president of ColorInfo Technology, Inc. Leyda was named the recipient of the IDEA Award, which is awarded to active IDEAlliance Technical Committee members whose ideas and initiatives have made a positive impact on the graphic communications industry. He was presented the award by Ed Bacsik, General Manager, Perry Judd's, recipient of the 2000 IDEA Award. Leyda helped initiate the SPECTRUM conference during the 1970s after realizing that industry professionals needed a forum to discuss their many questions about technical issues. He worked for the 3M Company from 1968 until 1996, and also coined the term GRACoL - General Requirements for Applications of Commercial offset Lithography. Along with Miles Southworth of Graphic Arts Publishing, Leyda trained GRACoL Trainers around the country and still attends press characteristic runs that form the basis of CGATS (Committee for Graphic Arts Technical Standardization) technical reports. He was active in IDEAlliance's former Print Properties Committee for many years, participated in key print characteristic surveys, and was active in industry programs that helped to define and promote quality control in the printing industry, including TAGA, SWOP, CGATS, ANSI IT2.28, and SNAP.