Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - WOA and Printing Industries of America are pleased to announce that Robert Murphy, Chairman, Japs-Olson Company, St. Louis Park, MN, has been named the 2011 recipient of the Harry V. Quadracci VISION Award. He will be honored and recognized during the Offset & Beyond Conference, May 23–25, at the Omni ChampionsGate in Orlando, Florida.
Murphy has served both his company and the industry in leadership roles. He served as Chairman of the Board for Printing Industries of America in 1995–1996, and Printing Industries of Minnesota in 1988–1989. He has also served on numerous ad-hoc committees, including chair of the Printing Industries of America Environmental Subcommittee, Government Affairs, and the Long Range Planning Committee.
Murphy has been recognized for his outstanding achievements and contributions to the industry--he is the recipient of the Outstanding Graphic Arts Industry Leader Award, the Lewis Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Graphic Arts Leaders of the Americas. He was inducted into the Printing Impressions/RIT Hall of Fame, the Soderstrom Society, and the Web Offset Society.
"I have personally worked with Bob--on the association side as a board member and on the business side as an equipment supplier," said Larry Miller, Chairman, Web Offset Society. "I found him to be straight forward, very involved, and an honest individual. I can only believe that Bob has not already been the VISION award recipient due to his humble demeanor and open willingness to state his successes were due to the strong belief in teamwork."
Japs-Olson Company was founded in 1907 by Barney Japs and G.F. Olson. Then a small print company, this family owned and operated company has grown to be a worldwide leader in direct mail services and commercial printing, employing more than 700 people and providing services to clients nationwide in a modern, 512,000-square-foot facility that operates around the clock.
Murphy joins a prestigious group of past recipients which includes Jim Andersen, IWCO Direct; Edward Barr, Sun Chemical Corporation; Thomas Brinkman, Sr., Metroweb Corporation; Ken Field, Sr., Continental Web Press; John Frautschi, Webcrafters, Inc.; Michael Keene, The John Roberts Co.; Remi Marcoux, Transcontinental USA, Inc.; Roger Perry, Perry Judds; Thomas Quadracci, Quad/Graphics, Inc.; F. Edward Treis, Arandell Corporation; and Jerry Williamson, Williamson Printing Corporation.
The Harry V. Quadracci VISION award is conferred to that offset printing industry executive who has reached an unsurpassed level of excellence and achievement in the industry. This award is dedicated to the spirit of those industry pioneers whose hard work and determination have created a growing and ever-changing industry. Join us in celebrating this year's recipient.