Graphic Media Alliance

Regional Print Week Awards Ceremonies

With lingering effects of COVID-19 and our members’ safety in mind, we have changed the dates of our Print Week events to May. In each of our regions we have reserved great outdoor spaces that have contingency spaces in case of inclement weather. We look forward to celebrating our Regional Print Excellence Awards Contest in each of our four regions. We can’t wait to see everyone in person!

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2021 Print Week Events

With lingering effects of COVID-19 and our members’ safety in mind, we have changed the dates of our Print Week events to May. In each of our regions we have reserved great outdoor spaces that have contingency spaces in case of inclement weather. We look forward to celebrating our Regional Print Excellence Awards Contest in each of our four regions. We can’t wait to see everyone in person!


In the Southern Region, you can attend the annual Southern Region Banquet to honor the Print Excellence Award winners and vote for the People's Choice Award winner. We will also be presenting the 34th Maxwell Award Winner. The Southern banquet is set for Thursday, May 13 starting at 6:00 pm. Registration is $80, and Non-member is $120. 

New Location this year:

Top of the Park at the Phelps
506 East 4th St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202

To register, CLICK HERE.


The Central Region reception will honor Print Excellence Awards winners on Thursday, May 20, starting at 6:00 pm. Come for the Print Excellence Awards, stay to celebrate the recipient of the 2021 Franklinton Award! Registration is $75, and Non-member is $120. 

New Location this year:

The Golf Club at Little Turtle
5400 Little Turtle Way W.
Westerville, OH 43081

To register, CLICK HERE.


The Northern Region combines the fun and the awards at the annual Ben's Bash. Join us on Thursday, May 27, starting at 6:00 pm. In addition to the Print Excellence Awards winner being recognized, we will be inducting a new member into the Hall of Distinction. This event will be the highlight of the print scene; don't miss it! Registration is $65, and Non-member is $120. 

New Location this year:

Collision Bend Brewing Company
1250 Old River Rd.
Cleveland, OH 44113

To register, CLICK HERE.


For the Michigan Region, we will be joining forces with the Detroit Club of Printing House Craftsmen to host a golf tournament at The Links of Novi in Novi, MI on Monday, June 7. Shotgun start at 10:00am. Following the golf tournament, we will host a steak dinner followed by an awards reception beginning at 5:00pm where we will present the awards for our 2021 Print Excellence Awards Contest. You won’t want to miss which wonderful printed pieces were awarded gold, silver and bronze and which companies will take home the Best of Region designation. 

New Location this year:

The Links of Novi
50395 W. 10 Mile Rd.
Novi, MI 48374

To register for golf, CLICK HERE.

To register for the awards reception, CLICK HERE.

 


Recap of Print Week Events 2020: 

We would especially like to thank our sponsors. We couldn't have put on such great events without your support!

Congratulations again to all of our winners!


On Tuesday, January 21st, we had a great time sharing a refreshing beer and delicious appetizers with our members at our annual Southern Region Bierstube! We chose a new location this year, Taft's Ale House in Cincinnati. Members enjoyed the venue, rich with history as the three-story Ale House resides in a renovated historic church originally built in 1850. 

We enjoyed seeing some new faces as well as old friends while meeting some of the sales reps, press operators, and various other associates from our participating companies. It was a great kick off to what is sure to be a great Print Excellence Awards Season!


On Thursday, January 23, the Association held our Southern Region Banquet at a new location, The Madison Event Center in Covington, KY. We saw an increase of 10% in attendance this year! We enjoyed the various printed works that had received Bronze, Silver, and Gold Print Excellence Awards, and voted on the People's Choice Award winner. We took time to congratulate Printer of the Year Steve Fleissner of Model Graphics and William Maxwell recipient JBM Packaging. We also celebrated all of the Print Excellence Award Winners.

During his award acceptance, Steve spoke about where his company has been and the direction it is heading, and he thanked his wife for all of her support over the years by sharing his award with her. Marcus Sheanshang of JBM Packaging spoke about the Fair Chance program that JBM has implemented, which helps incarcerated offenders reintegrate into society and get them back on their feet though career opportunities. It was a great evening and thank you to all who attended. 


On Thursday, January 30th, the Association held our Central Region Banquet at Creekside Conference and Event Center in Gahanna, OH. We enjoyed the fabulous printed works as they received Bronze, Silver, and Gold Print Excellence Awards, and voted on the People's Choice Award winner. We took time to celebrate this year's Franklinton Award recipient, Judy Anderson of Identity Systems, Inc., as well as all of the Print Excellence Award Winners.

Ron Kuppinger, Judy's son and current President of Identity Systems, Inc. introduced her and explained how she grew the business and the tremendous opportunities the company offers new mothers. During her award acceptance, Judy spoke about showing integrity in everything that you do and also how rewarding it is to help others. Judy thanked Jim Cunningham and the Association for their support over the years.


On Thursday, February 6th, the Association held our Northern Region's Ben's Bash at The 100th Bomb Group in Cleveland, OH. We enjoyed celebrating our PEA winners as they received Bronze, Silver, and Gold awards, and voted on the People's Choice Award winner. We took time to celebrate this year's Hall of Distinction inductee, Rich Phillips of R&R Graphics.

Dave Kaufman introduced Rich Phillips by giving us a history on Rich and how R&R Graphics came to be. During his acceptance, Rich was speechless and humbled by the honor, but he made sure to thank his wife, Rita, saying that none of this would have been possible without her.


We concluded our four week run of Print Week celebrations on Tuesday, February 11th at our Michigan Region Awards Dinner. The Association held our first Print Week Celebration in conjunction with the Detroit Club of Printing House Craftsmen at Allied Printing in Ferndale, MI. We hosted over 80 industry leaders and members from GMA and the Detroit Craftsmen Club.

We welcomed special guest speaker Michael Makin, President and CEO of Printing Industries of America. As usual, he did an outstanding job of presenting “Challenges for Today’s Printers."  He also helped us in handing out PEA awards to five Michigan printers for their outstanding entries in this year’s print contest. 

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