2006 Lewis Memorial Award Recognizes Tom Quadracci
Press release from the issuing company
Sewickley, PA, February 15, 2007 -- Printing Industries of America/Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (PIA/GATF) is pleased to announce that Tom Quadracci, former president and CEO of Quad/Graphics in Sussex, Wisconsin, is the recipient of the 2006 Lewis Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award.
During his 35 years of service to the graphic communications industry, Mr. Quadracci assumed a variety of leadership roles to help build Quad/Graphics into the largest privately held printing company in North America, today with 12,000 employees and $2 billion dollars in revenue. When helping his brother Harry start up the company in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, in 1971, Mr. Quadracci was instrumental in building Quad/Graphics’ reputation for customer service, technological leadership, willingly sharing methods with others, and developing a corporate culture of employee empowerment.
As President of QuadTech, a division he helped found in 1979, Mr. Quadracci oversaw the development of computerized controls for press and finishing equipment not only for Quad/Graphics' equipment, but for other printers' equipment as well. Under Mr. Quadracci's guidance, QuadTech burgeoned into a worldwide leader with products sold in 85 countries. Repeatedly, QuadTech products have been awarded honors by organizations such as the National Society of Professional Engineers and PIA/GATF. In addition to his duties as President of QuadTech, Mr. Quadracci assumed the role of Executive Vice President of Quad/Graphics in 2000.
Following the death of his brother and company founder Harry in July 2002, Mr. Quadracci became President & CEO; Chairman & CEO in January 2005; and Chairman in July 2006. He retired from the company in December 2006.
Throughout his career, Mr. Quadracci displayed a commitment to education, community support, charity programs, employee healthcare, environmental protection, technological development, and industry development as a whole. He was instrumental in Quad/Graphics’ contribution of $1 million to establish a printing industry applied technology center on the campus of Waukesha County Technical College. The Harry V. Quadracci Printing Education and Technology Center will open this spring, adjacent to the five-year-old Harry V. Printing and Graphics Center, which offers a high-end learning environment for students.
Awards received by Mr. Quadracci include membership in the Printing Impressions/RIT Printing Hall of Fame as well as the prestigious Vision Award. He is a past chairman of the Web Offset Association (WOA) and served on the WOA Board of Directors for three terms.
Mr. Quadracci will be honored Tuesday, March 7, at a dinner held in conjunction with the 2007 Presidents Conference in Chandler, Arizona.
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