Printing Industries of America is pleased to announce the election of its 2015 Officers and Board of Directors. The installation ceremony took place on November 16, 2014, at the Printing Industries of America Fall Administrative Meetings held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Chairman of the Board—David Olberding, Phototype, Columbus, Ohio
David Olberding, co-CEO, Phototype, has devoted many years of volunteer service to the printing industry in Ohio. He has served as Chairman of the Board, Treasurer, and Chair of the Education Committee of Printing Industries of Ohio and Northern Kentucky.
Olberding was appointed as the Association Representative to Printing Industries of America in 2006. He has served Printing Industries of America as First Vice Chairman, Second Vice Chairman, Executive Finance Committee member, Secretary to the Board, and as Marketing Committee Chairman.
He has served on the Board for International Prepress Association (IPA) and is a former president of the Southwest Prepress Association. He is also a former Chairman of the Photograph Committee of the Flexographic Technical Association.
First Vice Chairman—Bradley Thompson, II, Inland Press, Detroit, Michigan
Bradley Thompson II is a past Chairman of Printing Industries of Michigan and currently serves as Chairman of the Government Affairs and Labor Policy Committee of Printing Industries of America.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Michigan Press Association and serves as Government Affairs Chair of the American Court and Commercial Newspaper Association. Thompson also serves as Vice Chair of the Clements Library at the University of Michigan.
Second Vice Chairman—Curt Kreisler, Gold Star Printers, N. Miami Beach, Florida
Curt Kreisler has served two terms on Printing Industries of America's Board of Directors. He is currently the Association Relations Committee Chairman and a member of its Finance and Investment Committees.
Kreisler has also been active with his local association, Printing Association of Florida. He also serves on its Executive Committee, Chairs PAF's Trade Show Council, and is a member of the South Florida Coordinating Committee.
He also served seven years as a past Board member for the National Association of Quick Printers and as its Chairman of the Board from 2001 to 2002.
Secretary to the Board—Bryan Hall, Graphic Visual Solutions, Inc., Greensboro, North Carolina
Bryan Hall is CEO of Graphic Visual Solutions, Inc., one of North Carolina's top printers. In 1994 Graphic Visual Solutions was named American Printer's "fastest growing printing company in America." He also serves on the North Carolina A&T State University Print Advisory Board and Greensboro Sports Council.
Hall currently serves as Chairman of his local affiliate—The Printing Industry of the Carolinas, Inc. He has also served on Printing Industries of America's Board of Directors for a number of years, as Chairman of the Education Committee, and as a member of the Finance Committee.
Treasurer—Michael Wurst, Henry Wurst, Inc., Kansas City, MO
Michael Wurst is Treasurer of Printing Industries of America and a longstanding Association Relations Committee member. Wurst is also actively involved in his local affiliate, Printing & Imaging Association of MidAmerica, serving on the Executive Committee for four years, including one year as Chair. He is the CEO of Henry Wurst, Inc., a 75-year-old family-owned commercial printing company. Headquartered in North Kansas City, Missouri, Henry Wurst, Inc., also has facilities in Denver, Colorado.
Immediate Past Chair—Jeff Ekstein, Willow Printing Group, Ltd., Concord, Ontario
Jeff Ekstein has been an Officer on the Printing Industries of America's Board and a member of the Executive Committee since 2011. He currently serves as a Premier Print Awards judge, has served as the Education Committee Chairman from 2009 to 2011, and is a current Finance Committee member. In addition to his involvement in Printing Industries of America, he has served as co-Chair and long-time Director of Canadian Printing Industries Association (CPIA) as well as their Past Chair. He is a recipient of the CPIA Distinguished Service Award for excellence, achievement, and dedication to the printing industry and was named one of the Top 20 Most Influential Printers in 2010, as voted by PrintAction Magazine. Ekstein's local affiliate is the Ontario Printing and Imaging Association.
Also joining the Board of Directors in 2015 are: Karen Fulton, Printing Industries Association of San Diego, representing the affiliate managers; Pat Ryan, Albany, New York, representing Printing Industries Alliance; Brad Johnson, Salt Lake City, Utah, representing Printing Industries of Utah; John E. LeCloux, Oak Creek, Wisconsin, representing Great Lakes Graphics Association; Michael M. Marcian, Lanham, Maryland, representing Printing & Graphics Association MidAtlantic; Lori Norcross, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, representing Graphic Arts Association; and Ian Flynn, San Francisco, California, representing Visual Media Alliance.