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Jesse Williamson of Williamson Printing Named Sheetfed Executive of the Year by NAPL and PIA/GATF

Published on 2005-05-30. Author : SpecialChem

Jesse Williamson, president of Williamson Printing Corp., Dallas, Texas, has been named the 2005 Sheetfed Executive of the Year by the National Association for Printing Leadership (NAPL) and Printing Industries of America (PIA)/Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (GATF).

The award will be presented to Williamson during the annual NAPL - PIA/GATF Sheetfed Pressroom Conference in Chicago, at a special luncheon sponsored by Heidelberg USA on Tuesday, June 14, 2005. Williamson is the 11th recipient of the award, created to honor a sheetfed printing industry leader who has demonstrated exceptional service, initiative, and commitment to his or her community, company, and the sheetfed printing industry.

"Jesse is recognized by his industry peers as someone who has made significant contributions to the advancement of graphic communications, particularly in the sheetfed area. His contribution to Williamson Printing over the past 25 years, and to the industry at large, has been substantial. I know of no one more deserving of this honor," said Jerry Williamson, chairman of the Board of Williamson Printing Corp., who nominated Williamson for the award.

Jesse Williamson embodies the principles the award judging committee seeks in its review process, including embracing new technology, developing the industry's current and future workforce, active involvement in trade associations, and a commitment to community service.

A graduate of Southern Methodist University, Williamson joined Williamson Printing fulltime in 1970 as a sales representative, assuming the presidency of the 400-employee sheetfed/web printing company in 1985. During his tenure, he's been instrumental i the company's acquisition of the latest sheetfed equipment to secure its position as a technologically advanced company. He has applied his technological know-how to benefit the industry as a whole through the invention or co-invention of several iportant and innovative patented printing techniques. These include PackMAG, a magazine and direct mail insert carrier, WIMS, a process for integrating metallic inks with process color; Litholux, enabling flexo printing and coating interstation on sheetfed offset presses, and GloKote, a process for applying glow-in-the-dark slurry on offset presses.

As president of Williamson Printing, Williamson is committed to ongoing process improvement, reflected in the company's ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certification.

An active participant in industry trade associations, Williamson is a member of NAPL's Soderstrom Society and has been a speaker/panelist at numerous conferences for PIA/GATF, the Dallas Society of Visual Communications (DSVC) and AIGA, the professional association for communications design.

His extensive involvement in community and charitable organizaitons includes serving on the Board of the American Cancer Society-Cattle Baron's Ball, and membership in the North Texas Commission-Community Service.

About NAPL: Chartered in 1933, the National Association for Printing Leadership (NAPL) is a not-for-profit trade association representing the $88 billion commercial printing industry. NAPL's mission is "To enable the printing community to profit from change" through a full range of management and education services to its members and the industry, including conferences, seminars, periodicals, books, consulting, and economic data and analysis.

About PIA/GATF: The Printing Industries of America (PIA)/Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (GATF) is the world's largest graphic arts trade association representing an industry with more than 1.2 million employees. Located in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, the consolidated organization serves the interests of more than 12,000 member companies. PIA/GATF, along with its affiliates, delivers products and services than enhance the growth, efficiency and profitability of its members and the industry through advocacy, education, research and technical information.

Source: National Association for Printing Leadership (NAPL)

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