Tech Strategist Jack Powers To Be Honored as “Champion of Education” by Graphic 
Communications Scholarship Foundation


The Graphic Communications Scholarship, Award and Career Advancement Foundation (GCSF) will present its 2014 Champion of Education Award to Jack Powers, technology strategist and longtime public education advocate. Part of GCSF’s 12th Annual Scholarship Awards Celebration on Thursday, June 19, the Champion of Education Award honors exceptional individuals in the graphics field who have helped to prepare its next generation.

For over 30 years, Powers has explained each step of the digital revolution for media professionals on six continents. Beginning with electronic composition and pagination, moving on to desktop publishing and evolving through computer graphics, digital imaging, interactive multimedia, and the World Wide Web, Powers has evaluated the big steps in media technology for private clients and public audiences in books, articles, web sites and videos.

He chaired his first national conference in 1985 for the National Composition Association and worked with many associations and commercial conference developers internationally. He was chairman of the breakthrough Internet World conferences in 24 countries during the dot com boom. Along the way, he produced innovative education programs in electronic commerce, ebooks, artificial intelligence, pervasive TV, digital photography and healthcare IT.

Powers is the director of The International Informatics Institute (IN3.ORG), a Brooklyn-based technology education, consulting, and research organization he founded in 1982. The firm’s research associates advise clients about issues and opportunities in media, technology, business, and society.

In support of public education, Powers has served on the New York City Department of Education’s Graphics Industry Advisory Commission since 1986, leading the volunteer group’s teacher training, curriculum review, and mentoring activities and producing the long-running citywide Graphic Arts Competition. At the Commission, he helped to launch the Graphic Communications Scholarship Foundation and has served as a trustee and officer of GCSF for years.

In 2010, Powers was appointed by the New York City Schools Chancellor to the city’s Advisory Council for Career & Technical Education, the all-industry coalition of business leaders, employers, trade unions, and community organizations that support more than 140,000 technical education students and their teachers in the New York City school system. Voted chairman of the CTE Advisory Council by his colleagues, he has helped develop innovative career-oriented education programs in many fields beyond graphics.

A longtime supporter of CUNY’s New York City College of Technology, Powers serves as the chairman of the Advisory Commission for the Department of Advertising Design and Graphic Arts (ADGA). He also is a member of the advisory councils for Virtual Enterprises International, Thomas Edison High School, and Queens Vocational & Technical High School. He has taught at the Pratt Center for Computer Graphics in Design and at New York University, and he is completing a master’s degree in politics and urban education at the City University of New York.

The award to Powers highlights “The Future of Graphics,” a special program paying tribute to the latest recipients of GCSF scholarship grants. The event also will feature the inaugural presentation of the John Tempest Scholarship Award in memory of its namesake, a print sales executive with a long record of service to industry trade associations.

GCSF’s 12th Annual Scholarship Awards will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 19 in the 3rd-floor Atrium and Joseph Urban Theatre of the Hearst Tower, 300 W. 57th Street in Manhattan. Admission is free, but all attendees must pre-register by e-mailing a request for entry to Jerry Mandelbaum at

The Graphic Communications Scholarship, Award and Career Advancement Foundation is an all-volunteer, 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides financial support to New York City metro area students pursuing careers in graphic communications. Since its founding in 2002, GCSF has given financial support to more than 108 students in graphic studies degree programs at leading institutions in the field.

Gamma Epsilon Tau Fraternity Will Honor Darlow and Weinstein at “Gold Key” Ceremony

Gamma Chapter of Gamma Epsilon Tau, the national graphic arts honor society, will present Gamma Gold Key Awards to Mark Darlow and Howard Weinstein at its 2014 Gold Key Awards ceremony in New York City on May 30.

For more than 60 years, Darlow has been prominent in New York City’s graphic communications industry as a pioneering technical innovator and as a tireless advocate of industry causes. He is best known for his leadership of Cardinal Type Services and Cardinal Press, family businesses that he took from hot-metal typesetting and letterpress printing to modern methods of phototypography and, later, desktop publishing, digital printing, and wide-format output.

Darlow accomplished this transition at a time when digitization was sweeping the industry and pushing many other traditional graphics firms into obsolescence. Cardinal Communications Group, as the business became known, was the site of one of the first Indigo digital press installations in the country. The company also developed software, broke ground in digital photography, and produced films and audiovisual presentations.

An activist for the industry throughout his career, Darlow had a leading role in the creation of New York City’s first industrial condominium for printers. He has been the president or a board member of most of the metro area’s principal trade associations and a lifelong standard-bearer for industry education. Most notably, he is one of the founding members of the Graphic Communication Scholarship, Award and Career Advancement Foundation, a volunteer group that has raised and distributed hundreds of thousands of dollars for students in graphics study programs.

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Like Darlow, Howard Weinstein is being recognized with a Gamma Gold Key award both for his professional achievements and for his work on behalf of industry education. He is the owner and CEO of Candid Litho, one of the metro area’s leading commercial printing firms. Along with his brother,  Scott, and his father, Murray, Weinstein built the business from a small printing brokerage in 1985 to what is today the largest sheetfed facility in New York City.

Weinstein further expanded the business by launching Blue Ocean Worldwide, a digital print, grand-format, print management, and media display company serving creative and media agencies and the national brands they represent. The operation as a whole employs 240 people at the main plant in Long Island City, Queens, and at the Blue Ocean Worldwide facility in Las Vegas, NV.

Support for learning and professional development has been a keynote of Weinstein’s career. He frequently opens the main plant to tours by student groups, and he serves on the board of several organizations that raise funds and sponsor programs for graphics education. In 2013, the Graphic Communication Scholarship, Award and Career Advancement Foundation selected him for its Champion of Education Award in recognition of these activities.

Gamma Epsilon Tau is a national, coeducational, collegiate printing fraternity in which students of printing and publishing can meet and interact in a professional and social atmosphere.  It has eight chapters at colleges and universities that offer degree programs in graphic communications.

Gamma Chapter of Gamma Epsilon Tau is located at the Department of Advertising and Graphic Design (ADGA) of New York City College of Technology, part of the City University of New York. Gold Key honorees in recent years include Mike Connors, Frank Romano, Bob Sacks, Annette Wolf Bensen, Michael Cunningham, and Florence Jackson.

The 2013 Gold Key Awards dinner will be held on Wednesday, May 30 at Club 101, 101 Park Avenue, New York City. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact ADGA Prof. Frank Adae at (718) 260-5833 or by e-mail:

2013 Naomi Berber Memorial Award Honors NYU’s Bonnie Blake

Bonnie Blake, New York University, NY, NY.

Printing Industries of America (PIA) has announced that Bonnie Blake, clinical assistant professor, New York University, is the recipient of the 2013 Naomi Berber Memorial Award. This award honors outstanding women in the graphic communications industry for compiling exceptional records of achievement, making unusual contributions toward the development of the graphic communications industry, and for furthering the interests of the industry.

With more than 30 years of professional experience in education and media, Blake currently serves as a full-time clinical assistant professor in NYU’s Master’s Program in Graphic Communication Management and Technology (GCMT). The Berber award recognizes her long-standing dedication to education and her leadership in the graphic communications and media industries.

Having served as the GCMT program’s academic director for the last six years, Blake has been responsible for much of the program’s overall growth and success. In this role, she directed curriculum development; recruited top students, faculty, and industry talent; and mentored students and alumni.

She serves as liaison to the program’s 43-member Advisory Board and sits on many of its committees for academic development, scholarships, and career development. She also is a member of the education committee of the Advertising Production Club of New York.

Blake founded her own advertising and promotion agency in 1982. Her clients have included AT&T, Forbes, PepsiCo, CNN, National Geographic Television, NBC, HarperCollins Publishers, BlakeGlobal, Lucent Technologies/Caribiner, Tishman Realty, Chic and H.I.S. Jeans, New York University, and Pitney Bowes/Zabit.

Blake earned an M.A. in Graphic Communications Management and Technology at NYU in 1987 and was the recipient of the NYU Prism Alumni Achievement Award for Graphic Excellence in 1993. She has taught in the GCMT master’s program since 1989 and has advised students since 1995. She has received recognition from NY Women in Communications for supporting educational opportunities and membership. She graduated cum laude from Boston College/Newton College of the Sacred Heart in 1976 with a B.A. in history and a minor in education.

Her award will be presented at PIA’s fall administrative meeting in Chicago next month. For more information about PIA’s awards programs, visit or contact Michael Packard at

Franklin Event Celebrates the Persistent Power of Graphic Communications


franklinevent.092513.1At the 2013 Franklin Event, from left: Brenda Barozzi, event committee co-chair; Tim Freeman, president, Printing Industries Alliance; Shannon Miller, recipient of the Franklin Award for Distinguished Service; Vicki Keenan, vice president, Printing Industries Alliance; Adam Avrick, event committee co-chair.

Last week’s Franklin Event offered abundant proof that printers in New York City can still pack a hall to honor the best and the brightest among them.

The celebration, hosted for 375 attendees by Printing Industries Alliance at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers on September 17, featured the presentation of Power of Communications Awards to outstanding performers in advertising, publishing, and printing. Also conferred were the John Peter Zenger Medal for individual excellence and the Franklin Award for Distinguished Service, a celebrity recognition.

Staged annually for decades by trade associations representing New York City graphics firms, the event surrounding the presentation of the awards continues to be the emblem of industry solidarity and fellowship throughout the metro region. The honors, says Printing Industries Alliance, “are awards through which the graphics industry, as a vital force in American society, takes pause and recognizes great leaders who have helped to preserve, strengthen or broaden the frontiers of liberty.”

Exceptional effort in support of these ideals has keynoted the careers of all recipients of the Power of Communications Award, presented for the first time more than 40 years ago to the legendary Henry Luce III of Time Inc. Last week’s recipients were praised for leaving their own records of positive influence, creative excellence, and outstanding achievement in the graphics industry segments they represent.

Honored for advertising was Jeanette Rivera-Ramos, manager of sourcing and procurement for Verizon. A self-described “kid from the South Bronx” who went on to become a senior print production and procurement manager for a long list of high-profile businesses, she currently oversees Verizon’s national print advertising production expenditures. Rivera-Ramos received a Luminaire Award from IDEAlliance in 2008.

Accepting the Power of Communications Award for Advertising, she spoke of the “whole new vernacular” that graphics professionals must become fluent in as the definition of what they do expands to include QR codes, augmented reality, mobile marketing, and other advancements in content creation and management. For graphic communicators, said Rivera-Ramos, it is no longer just about printing—the objective should be to ensure that printing is “the first step” in an integrated, multichannel sequence of marketing events.

Praising her parents for encouraging her education, she urged everyone in attendance “to take a chance on someone—to be the extraordinary person who makes a difference in someone’s life.”

Anthony Cenname, the publisher of WSJ Magazine, is this year’s recipient of the Power of Communications Award for Publishing. His 25-year career in magazine publishing includes stints as a sales and marketing executive for Travel + Leisure, Details, and Condé Nast properties.

Travel to close a deal kept Cenname from attending the Franklin Event, leaving Stephanie Arnold, sales director of WSJ Magazine, to accept the Power of Communications Award on his behalf. She said that under Cenname’s leadership, “we have turned the notion that print is dead on its head” by proving that a luxury-oriented title can do well in a shrinking market for magazines of all kinds. Arnold said that WSJ Magazine, launched six weeks before the financial meltdown of 2008, now has five U.S. and international editions with a circulation of 1.5 million.

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Franklin Event honorees, clockwise from top left: Jeanette Rivera-Ramos, Anthony Cenname, John Tempest, and Kenneth Heath.

Also absent from the proceedings, but for a poignant reason, was John Tempest, posthumous recipient of the Power of Communications Award for Printing. Tempest died on November 7, 2012, after a 35-year career in sales and management in the print and media industries. His résumé included positions with Banta, World Color, Fuji, Acme Printing, and UniGraphic. He was an active member of Printing Industries Alliance and other graphics industry trade groups.

Tempest left behind him, says Printing Industries Alliance, “an immense family of friends.” One of them, Diane Romano, president and COO of Hudson Yards, remembered him as a mischievously humorous but unfailingly sympathetic character who cared genuinely about everyone in his large circle.

“Everyone has at least one J.T. story,” Romano said. “The lucky ones among us have many J.T. stories.” Tempest’s wife, Nancy, accepted the award in his memory.

The John Peter Zenger Medal, named for an 18th-century hero of press freedom in America, is reserved for industry members who demonstrate exemplary qualities of courage, charity, activism, or service. This year, the tribute was bestowed upon Kenneth Heath, group publisher at Source Media, a media company serving the financial services industry.

The award cites his personal crusade for the elimination of the disease ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease). He also is an activist for other medical causes and spearheads Children of Fallen Patriots, an organization that provides educational help for young people who have lost parents in combat or training-related accidents.

Heath quipped that the “courage” attributed to him in his selection for the Zenger Medal “must relate to selling advertising in the financial services industry for 20 years.” Turning to his main theme, he called for voluntarism on everyone’s part to relieve the suffering caused by afflictions like Lou Gehrig’s disease. “I hope that soon, we all meet someone who can say, ‘Hello, I am a survivor of ALS,’” Heath declared.

franklinevent.092513.2SRO—with none to spare—was the word for the heavy turnout at the 2013 Franklin Event, held at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers on the Hudson River.

Those honored with the Franklin Award for Distinguished Service do not necessarily have to be connected with the graphics industry as long as they embody visionary leadership in their respective fields. The purpose of choosing celebrities as Franklin Award recipients is to focus attention on graphic communications and to promote its contributions to culture and society.

This year’s honoree, Shannon Miller, does have an industry connection in that her husband manages a 75-year-old commercial printing business in Jacksonville, FL. But, her celebrity stems from her extraordinary record as the most decorated gymnast in U.S. history. She is the holder of more than 100 national and international competition medals, the majority of them gold. Miller won seven Olympic medals for gymnastics—two gold, two silver, three bronze—and is the only female athlete to be inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame  twice (for individual and team performance).

Professionally, she is a promoter of health and wellness for women and children, spreading the message with a weekly talk radio program and a series of books and DVDs. Miller also is a motivational speaker and a sports commentator/analyst.

Having survived a rare form of ovarian cancer in 2011, she became an advocate for early cancer detection and treatment among women. She referred to her struggle with the disease in her Franklin Award acceptance remarks, noting the lessons it inspired her to teach others about goal-setting, persevering, and staying positive in difficult circumstances.

Miller also mentioned the struggles of the printing industry in recent years, but saluted it for the progress it has made toward making print more important to consumers.

Responsible for the success of the 2013 Franklin Event are Tim Freeman, president of Printing Industries Alliance, and a 24-member Franklin Event Committee co-chaired by Brenda Barozzi (Pipeline ps) and Adam Avrick (Design Distributors). The affair also had the support of 35 platinum and gold sponsors.

Printing Industries Alliance is a regional affiliate of Printing Industries of America (PIA), the national trade association for the graphic communications industry. Printing Industries Alliance represents graphics firms in New York State, northern New Jersey and northwestern Pennsylvania.

Its next event in the metro area will be an October 9 dinner meeting in Plainview, N.Y. featuring consultant Kelly Allan, proponent of the “Prediction Game Method” of motivational business management. Details are available here.

GCSF Presents a Record Number of Scholarships and Salutes Howard Weinstein as “Champion of Education”

Its name—the Graphic Communications Scholarship, Award, and Career Advancement Foundation, Inc.—may be a mouthful, but this education-promoting industry group has a heart even bigger than its moniker. The breadth of its generosity was on full display last night as GCSF presented a record number of scholarship grants to students training for careers in all areas of graphic communications.

The ceremony, hosted by Hearst Magazines at its atrium and theatre in Manhattan, also featured the presentation of GCSF’s Champion of Education Award to a metro area print company president described as someone “who never stops in his pursuit of helping the kids.”

Last night’s “kids” were 37 high school seniors and college students who collected $47,000 in scholarship grants from a network of private funds coordinated by GCSF, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation started by a small group of industry professionals in 2002.

Initially meeting in borrowed space and keeping handwritten records, the founders raised and distributed $5,000 worth of grants in the first year. They also consolidated a number of existing scholarship funds that were not being actively managed.

Since then, the program has awarded more than $360,000 to 95 students enrolled in or about to enter graphics studies degree programs at schools including New York University, Rhode Island School of Design, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Parsons School of Design, University of Michigan, Pratt Institute, New York City College of Technology, Fashion Institute of Technology, University of Pennsylvania, and Rochester Institute of Technology.

The most important thing to know about the grants, said David Luke, GCSF president and last night’s MC, is that 100% of all money donated goes directly to the recipients and their schools. GCSF, operated exclusively by volunteers, has no formal management structure and does its work entirely without overhead.

GCSF accepts scholarship applications from metro area residents pursuing studies in graphic communications at any college or university offering such a program. To qualify for grants, students must submit portfolios, academic transcripts, and letters of recommendation to a GCSF scholarship selection committee. More than a third of last night’s recipients were in their second, third, or fourth years of receiving assistance from GCSF.

Two of the students were the beneficiaries of something special: grants from cash raised by a former GCSF recipient and a friend who organized their own scholarship fund, “Big Apple Big Hearts,” as a way to assist those whose lives and career plans were disrupted by superstorm Sandy last year. Another of the evening’s highlights was the unveiling of the results of a student design competition sponsored by Trend Offset Printing (see related posts below).

At the annual award ceremonies, the stipends traditionally are supplemented by gifts from companies and organizations that support GSCF. Last night, the students went home with certificates entitling them to receive free copies of QuarkXPress, color specification tools from Pantone, and one-year memberships in IDEAlliance.

GCSF also announced the launch of a mentorship program designed to offer scholarship recipients practical career guidance from freshman through senior year. Those taking part will gain real-life experience and exposure to varied disciplines within the graphic communications industry, said Jerry Mandelbaum, GCSF treasurer.

Howard Weinstein (left) accepts the Champion of Education Award from GCSF president David Luke. (photo: GCSF’s Thaddeus B. Kubis)

Howard Weinstein, honored with the Champion of Education Award, provides that kind of experience when he hosts visits by student groups to Candid Litho, the large commercial printing firm that he and his family operate in Long Island City. He also is a prodigious fundraiser on behalf of GCSF and other industry causes.

At one point during his acceptance remarks, he brandished a fistful of envelopes containing donation checks and said of the givers, “I don’t give these people any choice—they have to support the industry.” For this relentless activism, Luke called him “incredibly deserving” of the Champion of Education Award.

Weinstein thanked numerous family members and colleagues for helping him succeed as a printing company president and as a friend of the industry. Among his pieces of advice for students was a warning against becoming complacent or being satisfied with results that are merely good enough.

“Never be comfortable. Always be uncomfortable,” he said. “The minute you get comfortable, you’re screwed.” Weinstein also announced that Candid Litho will host a career day and open house in September in a joint effort with GCSF and the Advertising Production Club of New York. (Watch Metro Graphics Reporter for additional details.)

Trend Offset Printing Sponsors GCSF Marketing Design Competition

From left: Joshua Martinez, Mark Andriella, Nick Patrissi, Monique Sterling, Maggie Nielsen, Natalie Alcide, Jessie Murphy, Jerry Mandelbaum.

This year, the annual presentation ceremony of the Graphic Communications Scholarship, Award, and Career Advancement Foundation (GCSF) showcased something new: a design competition that brought together five motivated and talented students to work on a real-world marketing project.

With the sponsorship of Trend Offset Printing, design students from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), Hunter College, and SUNY Purchase worked with Nick Patrissi, Trend Offset’s director of marketing, and professional designer Michelle Ratzlaff on the project under normal deadlines. After several rounds of review based on submitted designs, work created by Joshua Marz FIT was selected for use in a live marketing campaign.

According to Patrissi, Trend Offset was impressed with the quality and professionalism shown by all of the students. “We got  a lot more than we expected,” he said. “A beautiful poster design to use for a promotional campaign for clients and staff, and a chance to work with some very motivated and gifted young professionals.”

Patrissi said that GCSF is considering making the competition part of its new mentoring initiative. This program aims to provide a venue for career-focused learning experiences by connecting students and industry professionals.

Passion for Graphics Education Burns Brightly at Gamma Gold Key Award Ceremony

The Gamma Chapter of Gamma Epsilon Tau held its Gold Key and Founders Award ceremony in New York City on May 29. The annual event salutes outstanding achievement in graphic communications and promotes the value of higher education in the field.

This year’s honorees were Mike Connors, managing director, production department, The New York Times, who received the Gamma Gold Key Award; and Frank Romano, professor emeritus, Rochester Institute of Technology, selected for the Founders Gold Medal and Citation Award.

Gamma Epsilon Tau is a national fraternity for students of graphic communications, and Gamma chapter is its branch at New York City College of Technology (City Tech). The school’s department of Advertising Design and Graphic Arts (ADGA) has an enrollment of more than 1,000.

The event, organized by ADGA Professor Frank Adae, was held in its customary venue, the 101 Club on Park Avenue in midtown Manhattan. The evening’s master of ceremonies, Jack Powers, noted that the ceremony was taking place in a “big week” for graphics studies at City Tech, a week that also included ADGA’s annual student portfolio review and design competition.

When it comes to education for graphic communications and other high-tech disciplines, “no place in the city is more on top of that than City Tech,” Powers declared. Russell Hotzler, president of City Tech, said that it wouldn’t be possible to provide the quality of education that the school offers without the support of industry members who back its efforts on behalf of students.

Mike Connors (left) accepts the Gamma Gold Key Award from Jack Powers (center) and Prof. Frank Adae (right).

Exemplary among them is Connors, who assists students by hosting plant tours for them at the newspaper’s production facility in College Point, Queens. He also operates a student internship program there, raises funds for learning and physically challenged children, and is active with public-private educational initiatives like PENCIL.

Nick D’Andrea, manager of the College Point plant, cited Connors’s “driving passion to get things done” both professionally and in support of education.

“When you have a task that needs to be done, give it to Mike,” D’Andrea said.

Referring to students in his Gold Key acceptance remarks, Connors spoke of “our obligation as business people and adults to take care of them.” Most important to impress upon young people in graphics studies programs, he said, is that “in our world, it comes down to one word, quality.”

Powers and Adae present the Founders Gold Medal and Citation Award to Frank Romano (left).

Frank Romano, the recipient of the Founders Award, arguably is the most widely known and highly regarded of all specialists in graphic communications. This blogger, called upon to make Romano’s introduction, noted that his name “has become synonymous with higher education for the graphic arts.”

“it doesn’t stretch the truth to say that because of the enormous amounts of source material that he has created for the rest of us to use, he is an invisible presence in every classroom where graphic communications is taught,” we observed.

Romano spoke bluntly both to students and to educators and industry members who are trying to help them build the foundations of their careers.

He told the students that as products of an educational system that graduates 40,000 people trained in graphics every year, “you’d better be really good at making something print.”

But in some cases, Romano warned educators and their industry supporters, “we’re not teaching the right stuff. We’ve failed at that.” He urged everyone with responsibility for educational programs like ADGA’s to be sure that what they are teaching touches all of the bases covered by graphic communications as the industry practices it today.

In the induction ceremony for new student officers of Gamma Chapter, Gamma Epsilon Tau, the lighting of the candles symbolizes the light of knowledge overcoming the darkness of ignorance.

The program concluded with a candle-lighting ceremony that marked the induction of new student officers into Gamma Epsilon Tau’s Gamma Chapter.

The fraternity’s name comes from ancient Greek words representing its purposes and ideals: Gamma for letter, literature, or alphabet; Epsilon, for science or knowledge; and Tau, for art or craft. Thus translated, Gamma Epsilon Tau means “the science or knowledge of the art and craft of letters.”

Best-of-Best Graphic Work by City H.S. Students to be Showcased in 12th Annual Competition

On Friday, May 24, judges will select winners among the finalists in the 12th Annual Citywide Graphic Arts Competition, a contest that showcases the creativity of some of the city’s most talented high school students.

Judging by a panel of academics and graphics industry professionals will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the ground-floor Atrium of New York City College of Technology (City Tech), located at 300 Jay Street in downtown Brooklyn. At 2 p.m., first, second, and third prizes will be awarded in the categories of digital photography, web site design, digital video production, desktop publishing and design, filmmaking, and package design.

The competition has been in progress since February, when students began working on projects at their local high schools. Two preliminary rounds of online judging followed, yielding the finalists whose work will be scrutinized at City Tech next week.

First-place winners will receive trophies for their schools and will be invited to tour the main production plant of The New York Times in College Point, Queens. Additional prizes are being provided by Adobe, Apple, B&H Camera, and other supporters.

The event is sponsored by the Graphics Industry Advisory Commission, part of the New York City Department of Education’s Advisory Council for Career and Technical Education. The Commission is a volunteer group of executives, academics, vendors, employers, and analysts dedicated to keeping New York’s schools up to date with change in the digital graphics industry. They also work to expand career opportunities for students preparing to enter the field.

For more information, contact Florence Jackson, Advisory Council for Career and Technical Education, at 212-374-4224 or by e-mail at

DM Leader Gregory P. Demetriou Named One of Long Island’s “Outstanding CEOs”

Direct-mail marketing entrepreneur Gregory P. Demetriou has received an Outstanding CEO Award from Long Island Business News, recognizing him as one of Long Island’s leading executives.

Demetriou, founder and CEO of the Lorraine Gregory Communications Group in Farmingdale, NY, was honored along with 19 other Outstanding CEO recipients at a ceremony at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, NY, on May 9.

Originally a detective with the New York City Police Department, Demetriou retired from the force in 1981 after being wounded in a shooting incident that led to his receipt of an NYPD Medal of Honor. He and his brother, the late Bob Demetriou, established a high-volume mailing operation for a brokerage firm in 1988. Four years later, Demetriou and his wife, Lorraine, formed the Lorraine Gregory Corp. and purchased Bi-County Mailing, a small mailing company in Bethpage, NY.

Today, the Lorraine Gregory Communications Group comprises Bi-County Mailing and its affiliates American Mail Communications, Direct Printing Connection, and Precision Envelope & Printing Co. The family-run business offers a full spectrum of graphic communications services including mailing and list management, consultation, project management, writing and editing, graphic design, e-mail marketing, digital and offset printing, bindery, services, and variable data printing.

The group’s mission is to develop and expedite marketing campaigns that enable businesses and organizations to reach their target markets and audiences. The company serves a client list of over 1,200 businesses and not-for-profits from its Farmingdale facility, where 34 people are employed.

Demetriou was one of the inaugural recipients of the annual Outstanding CEO Awards, created to recognize business and not-for-profit executives on Long Island who have consistently demonstrated remarkable leadership skills, integrity, values, vision and a commitment to excellence, financial performance, community, and diversity.

The May 9 ceremony also included a posthumous tribute to Leroy R. Grumman, co-founder and later chairman of the legendary aviation company that bore his name. Its latter-day incarnation, Northrup Grumman, was one of the sponsors of the event. A complete account with bios of all the recipients can be read here.

Ursula Burns of Xerox to Be Honored with NYU’s Prism Award on June 13

Ursula Burns, chairman and chief executive officer of Xerox, will receive the 2013 Prism Award from the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies (NYU-SCPS) Graphic Communications Management and Technology (GCMT) M.A. program on June 13.

Presented annually, the Prism Award recognizes distinguished leadership in the graphic communications media industry. The 2013 Prism Award will be presented to Burns on Thursday, June 13, 2013 during the 27th Annual Prism Award Luncheon, which will be held at Gotham Hall in New York City. The event is a major networking opportunity for graphic communications professionals and is the most heavily attended gathering of its type for the industry in the New York metro area.

“I am grateful for the honor,” said Burns, who is a graduate of the Polytechnic Institute of NYU. “This award reminds me of our obligation to the next generation of graphic communications professionals, and I share the enthusiasm for an industry that has seen much change, and for the possibilities yet to come.”

The net proceeds of the Prism Award Luncheon help to fund student scholarships as well as student and program support for the NYU-SCPS GCMT graduate program, which prepares the next generation of media communications industry leaders. Since its inception, the Prism Award Luncheon has raised millions of dollars for scholarships for students in the GCMT program.

Previous NYU Prism Award recipients include Steve Forbes, chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes Media LLC; Thomas J. Quinlan III, president and chief executive officer of RR Donnelley; Vyomesh (VJ) Joshi, former executive vice president, HP’s Imaging and Printing Group; Cathleen Black, former chairman of Hearst Magazines; Antonio M. Perez, president and CEO of Eastman Kodak Company; Anne M. Mulcahy, former chairperson and CEO of Xerox Corporation; and Janet L. Robinson, president and chief executive officer of The New York Times.

Guy Gecht, CEO of EFI, is this year’s Prism Luncheon chair. The event’s Advisory Board co-chairs are Martin Maloney, chairman of Broadford & Maloney, Inc., and Kathy Presto, vice president, strategic sourcing, of Williams Lea North America. Serving as co-chairs of the Prism Committee are Laura C. Reid, vice president of production at Hearst Magazines, and William “Buzz” Apostol, vice president, sales, Americas at X-Rite/Pantone Inc.

The June 13 ceremonies also will include the presentation of a student award to a distinguished graduate of the M.A. program in Graphic Communications Management and Technology.

Gotham Hall is located at 1356 Broadway (36th Street) in Manhattan. Tickets for the Prism Award Luncheon are priced from $750 per person to $6,000 for a sponsor’s table of eight and $10,000 for a co-chairmanship (which includes a dais seat as well as a table of eight).

Tables, ticket reservations, and additional information are available through the NYU-SCPS Office of Development. Contact Melissa Malebranche at 212-998-6950, by fax at 212-995-3663, or by e-mail at More information about the Prism Award Luncheon and Scholarship is available here.