Epicomm, the Association for Leaders in Print, Mail, Fulfillment, and Marketing Services, has named Tom Duchene, President of TDMS (Huntington Beach, CA) as the 55th Walter E. Soderstrom Award recipient. Duchene will be honoured at the annual Soderstrom Awards Dinner on Saturday, September 12 – the evening before the start of Graph Expo 15. This year’s gala event will be held in downtown Chicago at the elegant Metropolitan Club Oak Room on the 66th floor of the Willis Tower.
“We’re pleased to present this award to Tom Duchene,” said Ken Garner, President and Chief Executive Officer of Epicomm. “Tom’s commitment to our association and our industry is beyond comparison and he’s very deserving of the Soderstrom Award, our highest honour for industry service.” Duchene is the current Chairman of the Epicomm Board of Advisors and previously served as Chairman of the Association of Marketing Service Providers (AMSP) and its predecessor, the Mailing and Fulfillment Service Association (MFSA). He became the first Chairman of AMSP/NAPL/NAQP (created by the merger of AMSP, the National Association for Printing Leadership, and the National Association of Quick Printers) in January of 2014. The combined association was re-branded as Epicomm one year later.
Duchene attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City and UCLA, and founded TDMS Inc., a marketing services provider, in 2009. He serves on the Board of the Graphic Arts Show Company (GASC), is a long-time member of the Board of the Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters, Los Angeles, and is Immediate Past Chair of the Sparkling Angels Charities Board. He was inducted into the Soderstrom Society in 2014. In addition to honoring the Soderstrom Award recipient, the annual Soderstrom Awards Dinner will induct a number of industry leaders into the Society. The Class of 2015 Soderstrom Society inductees will be released soon.
“This is the second Soderstrom Dinner under the banner of our merged associations and the first under the Epicomm name,” said Garner. “I want to take this opportunity to encourage all of our members and their suppliers to participate in this event, acclaimed as the industry’s most elegant evening and the best place for quality networking. Reserving a table at the Soderstrom Dinner offers companies the perfect opportunity to bring together their key executives and important customers or prospects in a wonderful setting.”