Reston, VA - NPES The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies awarded its 2016 Harold W. Gegenheimer Individual and Corporate Awards for Industry Service to Thomas Saggiomo and Air Motion Systems, respectively. The awards, named for the former NPES president and Baldwin Technology Company chairman emeritus, recognize leadership and participation in NPES and industry activities, civic leadership and technical innovation. They were presented at the NPES 2016 Annual Conference and PRIMIR Fall Meeting, held November 14–16, in Marco Island, Florida.
Thomas Saggiomo, President and CEO of the DG3 Group, was recognized as a longtime and dedicated supporter of NPES and the graphic communications industry through his many years of volunteer contributions and active participation in numerous Association activities. Prior to DG3, as President and CEO of Agfa Graphics' North American division, Tom served as Chairman of NPES during an important time of association-leadership transition 12 years ago. He was a member of the NPES Executive Committee and Board of Directors, and chaired and served on the Board of the Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation, and additionally lent his time and expertise to the NPES Investment Committee, and Show Policy Committee. A regular participant at the Association's Annual Conferences, Tom also made time to attend the former Print Outlook Conferences, Regional Meetings, and the Vision 3 Summit. His dedication to our industry includes also serving on the Board of the Graphic Communications Management and Technology program at NYU.
"Over the years, we could always count on Tom to serve NPES and our industry well," said Thayer Long, president of NPES. "We are honored to recognize him for his longstanding dedication to NPES and our industry."
Air Motion Systems, over the years, has been an industry leader providing technological innovations that have driven our industry forward, and has been a steady force in actively supporting industry organizations like NPES. Among its involvement with NPES and its research unit, PRIMIR, Air Motion Systems has provided service on the NPES Board of Directors and participated in Association meetings and events including: NPES Annual Conferences, Industry Summits, Regional Meetings, PRINT OUTLOOK, the Vision 3 Summit, PRIMIR Meetings, and NPES International Trade Missions. Beyond Air Motion Systems' leadership on the NPES Board of Directors, and support of NPES regional, national and international programs, its company commitment to our industry extends deep with its knowledgeable staff sharing their expertise to benefit PRIMIR research with invaluable input for the 2013 NPES/PRIMIR "UV/EB Curing Technologies in Printing" study.
"Air Motion Systems has been an industry leader providing technological innovations that have driven our industry forward," said Long. "We are grateful for Air Motion Systems' meaningful contributions to the industry—and to NPES."
Saggiomo and Air Motion Systems each received plaques, and their names will also be added to a plaque of past awardees on display at NPES headquarters. NPES has also established two Harold W. Gegenheimer Award scholarships with the Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation, to which two thousand dollars is given each year. These scholarships are awarded to the employees, or children of employees, of NPES members who are pursuing studies in graphic communications.