NAPL Technical Leadership Award To Bob Bierwagen Of Creo
Press release from the issuing company
PARAMUS, N.J., JANUARY 22, 2004 — The National Association for Printing Leadership (NAPL) will present its annual Technical Leadership Award to Bob Bierwagen, Business Development manager, Creo Inc., Burnaby, B.C., Canada, on Feb. 26, during the NAPL 2004 Top Management Conference in Naples, Fla. The award recognizes Bierwagen’s significant contribution to the development of financial, accounting, business, and print management software solutions for the graphic communications industry.
In announcing the award, Joseph P. Truncale, NAPL president and CEO, said, “Bob has used his vision and expertise to develop systems that have helped countless companies within our industry become more efficient and productive. The scope and level of his work uniquely qualifies him for the Technical Leadership Award, and we’re extremely pleased to name him our 2004 honoree.”
Bierwagen’s nearly 30-year career in graphic communications began in 1977, when he joined Olivetti Corp. of America to help design, sell, and support the company’s estimating, job costing and accounting solutions to Minneapolis area graphic arts firms. In 1978, he joined Hagen Systems, where he led the team that developed Hagen’s first estimating system. During his tenure at the company, he served as vice president of Sales, vice president of Development, and vice president of Technology. In the latter role, Bierwagen led the R&D and operational teams that created the Hagen OA Software Suite.
In 2000, when Hagen became part of Printcafe, Bierwagen joined Printcafe’s executive team as vice president of Sales Operations, helping consolidate the sales and marketing efforts of six companies, and was later named senior vice president of Product Management.
He joined Creo, Inc., in 2003 as Business Development manager, where he serves as a member of the Production Planning Products Group, comprising Up Front and associated workflow products.
Long active in industry groups, in 2003 Bierwagen became director of Technical Working Groups for the Network Graphic Production (NGP) initiative, an industry-wide partnership of 35 major graphic arts suppliers committed to implementing and delivering integrated JDF solutions across multiple partner platforms.
He also serves as an outside director of Suttle-Straus, Inc., Waunakee, Wis., and has earned the Certified Financial Executive (CFE) designation from NAPL’s Management Institute. Bierwagen lives in the Indianapolis area with Pam, his wife of 24 years, and their five children.
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