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Vertis CEO, Donald Roland, Enters Esteemed Industry Hall of Fame

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Graph Expo and Converting Expo 2003 BALTIMORE--Sept. 30, 2003-- Vertis Inc., a leading provider of technology-based marketing and advertising solutions, announced today that Donald Roland, chairman, president and CEO of Vertis Inc., has been inducted into the Printing Impressions/Rochester Institute of Technology Printing Industry Hall of Fame. Roland was honored at the 16th Annual Gold Ink/Hall of Fame Gala held last night in the McCormick Place Grand Ballroom during the Graph Expo and Converting Expo 2003 in Chicago. Roland was chosen for his outstanding achievements and contributions to the printing and publishing industry. Hundreds of nominations were submitted, but only eight finalists were chosen for consideration. From that short list, executive directors from leading national printing and graphic design associations, including PIA, NAPC, NTES, GATF, RIT, as well as Printing Impressions, made the ultimate decision to pay tribute to Roland and three others with one of the highest honors in the printing industry. "Don was chosen to receive this honor based upon his superior skills and lifelong involvement with and dedication to the printing industry," says Mark Michelson, editor-in-chief of Printing Impressions. "The selection process is extremely difficult, so Don should feel very proud of this accomplishment and how it reflects his work in this industry." Roland joined TC Advertising -- before it became Vertis -- in 1983 as senior vice president of operations. Roland moved up through the ranks, becoming executive vice president in 1993 and president and CEO in 1995. Prior to his work at Vertis, Roland spent 17 years with Times Mirror Press. Roland graduated with a degree in printing management from California State University, Los Angeles, and earned his masters in econometrics from the University of California, Riverside. Roland has been part of the printing industry since childhood, when he worked with his father at newspapers and commercial printing plants in Texas. Over 500 industry executives attend the Annual Gold Ink/Hall of Fame Gala celebration every year to honor the elite members of the printing world. The 2003 Hall of Fame inductees were announced in the Gold Ink fall issue of Printing Impressions.