OAK BROOK, IL - The International Reprographic Association (IRgA), the world's leading trade association for the reprographic industry, has announced the 2002 winners of the coveted Bukovsky Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the reprographics industry. This year's recipients are Bill Cavert and son Mike Cavert of Triangle Co., Tulsa, OK.
A native of Independence, KS, Bill Cavert was raised the son of a successful oil and gas producer and one-time city mayor. After graduating from the University of Kansas and serving in World War II, Cavert accepted an invitation in 1952 to join his father-in-law at Triangle Co., where he became president within six years.
Over the following 20 years, Cavert worked hard to broaden Triangle's horizons from a shop offering exclusively reprographic services and supplies to one servicing the graphic and fine arts professions as well. He served as IRgA president in 1981 and was instrumental in the developing the association's industry leading REPRO REPORT, a bimonthly trade magazine written for and by the document imaging community.
Son Mike, now president of Triangle, joined his father in the early '80s in the midst of the energy-related economic downturn. A graduate of the University of Tulsa, where he obtained a BS in Chemical Engineering, Cavert had been working as a process and project design engineer at Born Inc. before his father had enlisted him for data processing assistance in 1984.
What was initially viewed as temporary work until the domestic energy industry recovered became a full-time position for Cavert. He was appointed president in 1986 and also followed in his father's footsteps as IRgA President in 1996.
Together the Caverts have established Triangle as one of the Mid-South's most progressive service bureaus. The business was one of the first to offer large-format digital color services in the Tulsa area and one of the first to offer color plotting in the region.
"As lifelong contributors to the betterment of our industry, Bill and Mike have been creative and proactive forces in reprographics, both as leaders of IRgA and as examples of principled, knowledgeable businessmen," said IRgA Past President Rusty James.
Named in honor of George Bukovsky, the award was first given in 1991 to recognize exceptional figures in reprographics whose dedication and contributions continue Bukovsky's own legacy. An employee of E.I. Dupont for more than 33 years, Bukovsky was known as an enthusiastic and generous member of his professional community. He served as IRgA supplier director, sat on the board as a specially appointed member for several years and was responsible for many continuing education programs offered by the association. His special contributions to the IRgA Annual Convention and Trade Shows, and that for which he is perhaps best remembered, was his slide shows of convention week set to music.
Nominees for the Bukovsky Award have contributed a minimum of five years of service to the reprographic industry, have been members of IRgA for five years, and have made sustained, tangible contributions to the reprographic and document imaging industries.
This year's Bukovsky Awards will be presented at the President's Dinner Gala on Thursday, May 16, at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel. For more information on the convention, visit www.irga.com or call association headquarters at 630/571-4685.
The International Reprographic Association is a trade association founded in 1927 to represent the large- and small-format imaging industry. From its traditional roots in blueprinting, the reprographics industry has now emerged as the leader in digital imaging and file transfer technologies.
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