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Chip Smith Named PIAS’ 2016 Person of the Year

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Nashville, TN – Mr. Chip Smith, President of Marshall & Bruce Company in Nashville, Tennessee, was named by the Printing Industry Association of the South, Inc. (PIAS) as their Person of the Year. This honor was bestowed at a banquet held on June 14, 2016 during the PIAS Annual Convention at the Hilton SanDestin Beach Resort in Destin, Florida.

Chip Smith was born in Nashville, TN on October 11, 1961. He was a student at Oak Hill School from 1969 to 1974. He attended high school at Battleground Academy in Franklin, TN, where he served as President of his senior class.

After high school graduation, Chip Smith attended Auburn University, where he was a member of Kappa Sigma where he served as social chairman and rush chairman. He graduated in 1980 with a degree in Finance. Upon graduation, Mr. Smith joined his Dad at their newly purchased family printing business, Marshall & Bruce Company. Chip became President of Marshall & Bruce Company in 2000.  Just this past year, Chip welcomed one of his son’s into the digital branch of the business.

Mr. Smith began serving on the PIAS Board of Directors in 2002. He started serving on the Executive Committee in 2006, and served as Chairman of the Board from 2009 to 2010, a position held by his father Bob Smith in 1991 and who also was awarded PIAS Person of the Year honors in 1995.

Chip married his wife, Mary Loch, in 1989 and they were blessed with three children: boy/girl twins in 1991 and another son in 1995.

Chip has a strong Christian faith and work ethic. He and his family are members of First Presbyterian Church, wherein he has served as deacon and is presently an elder. He has enjoyed teaching children’s Sunday School as well as serving on various committees at church. In his spare time, Chip loves hanging out with his British lab, George, and surrounding himself with family and friends. He enjoys playing tennis, running in the park, duck hunting with his sons, reading and traveling.

The PIAS Person of the Year is chosen for service to the printing industry, community and betterment of the graphic arts industry as a whole.


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