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Society of Fellows and Ash Khan Society Announce Class of 2004

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November 22, 2004 -- The Ash Khan Society (AKS) and the Society of Fellows (SOF) induct thirteen new members at a joint Induction and Awards Banquet held November 12, 2004 in Atlanta. Founded respectively in 1950 and 1969, the AKS and SOF honor industry leaders who have made outstanding and lasting contributions to the industry through the Printing Industries of America, Inc. and the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (PIA/GATF) and to the progress of the Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation. Society of Fellows Class of 2004  James E. Herbst Jim is president, southeast region for Henry Wurst, Inc., located in Apex, North Carolina, which he joined in 1991. He has 17 years of printing industry experience in operations, finance, and sales. Jim served as treasurer, vice chairman, and chairman of GATF. Along with his very positive promotion of PIA and GATF's products, services, and staff members, He has also been a strong supporter of PGSF. James H. Mayes, Jr. Jim is president of Colorcraft of Virginia, Inc., a mid-sized, high-end commercial printing company inSterling,Virginia. He has been active in the Virginia PIA affiliate, serving as its chairman in 1996. Jim has served as vice chairman of GATF, and, following the consolidation of officers of the PIA and GATF boards of directors, became vice chairman of PIA/GATF. He became chairman of PIA/GATF following the fall administrative meeting onNovember 14, 2004. Jim is also a staunch supporter of PGSF. Michael D. Moffitt Mike is presently serving as the president of Infocus Solutions located in New Orleans,Louisiana. For two years, Mike served as the president of Solar Communications inNaperville,Illinois. He was also with World Color Retail located inMetairie,Louisiana, and was part of an investment group that purchased Century Graphics Corporation in August 1994 and sold the company to World Color, Inc. in February 1998. Mike has always been a very active boardmember. He recently wrote a book and held a webinar for the Foundation entitled To Be a Profitable Printer. Thomas A. Quadracci Tom is the president and CEO of Quad/Graphics located in Pewaukee, Wisconsin. Tom has always demonstrated a strong desire to forge links between secondary and post-secondary educational systems and the workforce. He has supported industry organizations such as PIA/GATF and the Web Offset Association over the years, encouraging attendance by Quad/Graphics management team. Tom and the Quad/Graphics Family Foundation have supported numerous secondary school programs as well as funding the Harry V. Quadracci Printing andGraphicsCentersituated within the Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) (also located in Pewaukee). George H. Ryan George is the executive vice president and chief operating officer of PIA/GATF in Sewickley,Pennsylvania. He took his post in July 1994. Prior to joining the Foundation, he served as interim director of the Rochester Institute of Technology's (RIT)SchoolofPrinting Managementand Sciences from 1991 to 1994. In addition, he held several management responsibilities at RIT from 1984 to 1991. George serves as the president of PGSF scholarship activities, which now stands at over $6 million. George, along with Ray Roper, was instrumental in the successful consolidation of PIA and GATF. Lawrence C. Warter Larry is responsible for new business development of markets for film, plates, proofing, and electronic front-end equipment for Enovation, A Fujifilm Company, which is located inHanover Park,Illinois. Larry has been in various sales, marketing, technical, and research positions with DuPont, Coulter, andFuji. He specializes in developing new markets and product applications based on projected market trends. He has served on the PIA/GATF boards of directors for the past seven years; served as the chairman for PGSF for four years; and chairman of the Supplier Advisory Committee for four years. Warren D. Wilkins Warren is president of Webcom Limited, a printing company specializing in books, directories, and catalogs, located in Toronto,Ontario,Canada. Webcom also owns Coating Canada Limited, a trade UV and film laminating company. He has served on the board of the Ontario Printing Industries Association and chairman of the Government Affairs Committee of the Canadian Printing Industries Association (CPIA) in Ottawa. In 1991 he became chairman of the CPIA, and, in 1992, was elected to the boardof PIA representing the CPIA. He served as the chairman of the PIA boardin 2000 and has been very active over the years in the Canadian Printing Scholarship Foundation. Ash Khan Society Class of 2004  David F. Bacon Dave Bacon served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict, then attended and graduated from theUniversityofTulsa. He worked as human resources manager for BairdWardPrinting Company, and as vice president of sales and production for Printer Service Company. Dave joined the staff of Printing Industries of America inWashington,DC, in 1970 where he remained until he returned to Nashville to organize and become President of PIA of the South, Inc. He remained as PIAS president for 30 years until his retirement onDecember 31, 2003. Thomas B. Basore Tom is the former executive director of the Web Offset Association and the Web Printing Association for Open Web & Coldset Printers, special industry groups of the Printing Industries of America, which he served from 1989 to 2003. He joined E. I. DuPont as a graphic arts technical specialist in 1968, subsequently holding a variety of positions including proofing markets regional specialist, industry relations coordinator, and industry relations manager, publication markets. Jack T. Rickard Jack is president of Rickard Circular Folding in Chicago. He is the past president of the Graphic Finishing Industries of Chicago, Printing Industries of Illinois/Indiana, and Binding Industries of America. Jack has been an avid supporter of the graphic arts industry. He is the third generation of his family serving as president of Rickard Circular Folding and has built the company to over $5 million in sales. Jack has authored several articles for trade journals. Michael A. Marcian, Sr. Mike Marcian served as PIA chairman of the boardfrom November 2002 to November 2003. He has long been involved with PIA, serving on the Boardof Directors, the Executive Committee, the Operating Committee, and numerous other national committees and task forces. Mike, originally fromDetroit,Michigan, earned his BA degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1973. He is also a farmer, a developer, and homebuilder inVirginia.  James R. Thomason Jim is owner/president of Rich Printing Co., Inc. in Nashville,Tennessee. His affiliate association service includes 25 years as a member of the Boardof Directors for the PIA of the South during which he served as the chairman of the PIAS PAC Committee and the PIAS Convention Site Committee. Jim's national service includes the PIA Government Affairs Committee. Ray Roper Ray served as president and CEO of the Printing Industries of America (PIA) from 1987 to 2002. Under his leadership, PIA underwent a period of great growth and expansion including the consolidation with the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation, the purchase of the headquarters building inAlexandria, the launch of GAIN and the formation of the Digital Printing Council and the E-Business Council. During his career Ray served on many committees and received many awards including, in 2003, the Graphic Arts Leaders of the Americas (GALA) North American Awardfrom the Printing Association of Florida, Inc. (PAF).