PARAMUS, N.J., AUG. 30, 2004 – The Soderstrom Society of the National Association for Printing Leadership (NAPL) has named Jim Hyder, president and CEO of Fetter Printing Company, Louisville, Ky., and former NAPL chairman, recipient of the 44th annual Walter E. Soderstrom Award. One of the printing industry’s most prestigious honors, the award will be presented to Hyder by NAPL Chairman David C. Branch, chairman and CEO of Branch-Smith, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, at the annual, invitation-only dinner meeting of the Walter E. Soderstrom Society on Monday, Oct. 11, 2004, at the Mid-America Club in Chicago.
“Jim works untiringly to advance his company and the printing industry at large,” noted NAPL President and CEO Joseph P. Truncale in making the announcement. “To our great good fortune, he has a long record of service to NAPL, which has benefited tremendously from his insights and guidance. I and everyone at NAPL sincerely congratulate him on this well-deserved honor.”
Named for the late Walter E. Soderstrom, one of the founders of NAPL, the award has been bestowed annually since 1961 to a distinguished individual who has contributed significantly to the development and progress of the printing industry. The recipient is selected by fellow members of the Soderstrom Society, 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.
A distinguished career
Jim Hyder is a 1966 graduate of Davidson College, where he earned a degree in Economics. Following a brief stint as assistant director of Admissions at the Davidson, N.C., college, Hyder began his printing career in 1969, joining Charlotte, N.C.-based Washburn Graphics as a sales trainee. Specializing in annual report and financial printing sales while at Washburn, Hyder was promoted to Sales manager in 1977.
In 1984, Washburn merged with The William Byrd Press, a Richmond, Va.-based periodical printer, to form Cadmus Communications Corp. Soon after, Hyder was named president of the Washburn unit, a position he held from 1986-1991.
In 1992, he joined Fetter Printing, where he served as president and, since 1993, as president, CEO, and director of the corporation. Under his tenure, Fetter Printing, which specializes in the production of direct mail, premium prime labels, and holographic tags, has become 100% employee-owned.
A member of NAPL’s Soderstrom Society, Hyder has a long record of service to NAPL. A valued member of the Association’s Board of Directors since 1994, he has served as NAPL treasurer (1997-1999), vice chairman (1999-2001) and chairman (2001-2003). He also sits on the Board of the Graphic Arts Show Company (GASC) and has served on the Board of the Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF).
Hyder has a long record of community service, as well, much of it focused on mentoring youth. He continues to serve his Alma Mater, Davidson College, as a member of several Boards, including the Davidson Athletic Foundation, Alumni Association, and WDAV, the college radio station. He volunteered as a Little League baseball coach in Charlotte, N.C., for 12 years, and currently serves as a volunteer economics teacher at Male High School, Louisville, Ky., through the Junior Achievement program.
Jim Hyder is a U.S. Army veteran, where he served as a 2nd Lieutenant. He and his wife, Becky, have two sons, both of whom are graduates of Davidson College.
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