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Branch Named Sheetfed Executive Of The Year By NAPL And GATF/PIA

Press release from the issuing company

Paramus, N.J., April 28, 2003 – David C. Branch, president of Branch-Smith Printing Ltd., Fort Worth, Texas, has been named recipient of the 2003 Sheetfed Executive of the Year Award by the National Association for Printing Leadership (NAPL) and the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (GATF) / Printing Industries of America (PIA). Created to honor a sheetfed industry leader who has demonstrated exceptional service, initiative, and commitment to his or her community, company, and the sheetfed printing industry, the award will be presented to Branch, its ninth recipient, at a special luncheon held on Tuesday, June 3, as part of the annual GATF/PIA•NAPL Sheetfed Pressroom Conference in Chicago. “I believe no one in the industry deserves this honor more than David,” said Fred Herbert, quality manager at Branch-Smith Printing, who nominated Branch for the award. “His leadership and dedication to continuous improvement was the driving force behind Branch-Smith Printing’s receiving the nation’s highest business honor this year—the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.” Prior to Branch-Smith Printing receiving the 2002 Malcolm Baldrige Award, the company received a Texas Quality Award in 1999. Branch embodies the principles valued by the award judging committee, including advancing the industry by embracing new technology, and applying Total Quality Management programs or ISO standards (Branch-Smith Printing has been ISO 9001 certified since 1996). With 70 employees, Branch-Smith Printing specializes in corporate publications, catalogs, magazines, books, and other bound products. Sister companies publish trade magazines in the horticulture and real estate industries. Branch has a distinguished record of leadership in the printing industry, reflecting his ongoing commitment to advancing the role of the sheetfed printer. He is vice chairman of the Board of Directors of NAPL, and is a trustee of the PIA Master Printers and the PIA-MidAmerica Training Trust. He has also been selected twice as a Malcolm Baldrige Award examiner, served two times as a Texas Quality Award examiner, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Quality Texas Foundation. Also active in civic affairs, Branch serves on the Boards of Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth and the Longhorn Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and is a past president of the Rotary Club of Fort Worth, one of the largest in the world. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Texas Christian University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Dallas Baptist University, with a concentration in e-business.