Printing Industries of America is pleased to announce that Laura Lawton-Forsyth, President of Lawton Printing Inc. and File-Ez Folder Inc., and past Chair of the Board of Directors, Printing Industries of America, is the recipient of the 2014 Naomi Berber Memorial Award. This award honors outstanding women in the graphic communications industry for their exceptional record of accomplishments, unusual contributions toward the development of the graphic communications industry, and for having furthered the interests of the industry.
Laura represents the fourth generation to join the family business, Lawton Printing Inc., in Spokane, WA, working full-time beginning in January 1991 and becoming President in October 2001.
A graduate of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, with a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Communication and concentration in Print Management, Laura has a long history of industry involvement, including her local affiliate organization—PPI Association—serving on its Board of Directors since 2002 and as its Chair of the Board in 2008.
She has contributed to the success of Printing Industries of America, serving on the Board of Directors since 2001 and serving as Chair of the Board in 2012. She has served on the Executive Committee since 2004 and on numerous committees, including Research and Development, Finance, Marketing, and Government Affairs.
Additional accomplishments in Laura's career include serving as Chair, Young Print Professionals Group, 2004–present; Chair, Education Committee and Executive Committee member 2006–present; and Finance Committee Member, 2008–present. She has also been a Kodak Commercial Printing Advisory Group Member, serving from 2004 to 2007.
Laura's award will be presented at the 2014 Printing Industries of America Fall Administrative Meeting, November 14–16, in Pittsburgh, PA.