Nominations open for the PIA’s 2017 Managing for Improvement Award

piaimprovement-inThe Printing Industries of America (PIA) is now accepting nominations for its 2017 Managing for Improvement Award, which honours outstanding managers in the printing industry who have demonstrated the ability to create real and lasting improvements for their companies. The 2017 recipient will be honoured at the 2017 Continuous Improvement Conference, April 2–5, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Nominations are open to any individual working for a printing and graphic communications company in Canada or the U.S. The nomination deadline is Friday, February 10, 2017. Candidates must demonstrate a clear record of leading people, teams, and/or projects to higher levels of performance. Areas of achievement include leadership in the application of continuous improvement practices – such as Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, ISO 9001, total quality, and good manufacturing practices. Nominations should provide evidence of measurable improvements in quality, efficiency, productivity, safety, and/or customer satisfaction in either production or service. Nominations also require at least one letter of recommendation, said the PIA.

piaimprovement1-inThe 2017 Continuous Improvement Conference is one of the most-attended PIA events and is known for helping business owners uncover detailed strategies for protecting company survival, implementing Lean Manufacturing tactics, transforming company culture, and much more. In addition to being acknowledged by industry peers, the recipient and company will receive recognition in various media releases.

Past recipients for the Managing for Improvement Award include: Michael Peluso, President, Shawmut Communications Group; Cary Ripsh, Value Stream Manager, the Ovid Bell Press; and William Denzen, GM of Rollfed and Red Rock Technologies’ Business Units, Smyth Companies.

For more information about the 2017 Managing for Improvement Award, please visit Nominations can be made using the online form.


Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.