John Berthelsen Honored with Annual Recognition Award for Service to Furtherance of Education for the Graphic Arts

The Print & Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF) is recently announced the inauguration of an award honoring the unending service of John Berthelsen to the Education of Students interested in the Graphic Arts. The award, in his name, will be given out each year to a deserving individual or organization that exemplifies the ideals and practices of John over his many years of dedicated service to the industry and affiliated organizations. John was the first recipient. We had the opportunity to interview him and gain an understanding of the many contributions he has made over 50 years in the industry.

More information about the Award

Endowment History – The Suttle-Straus/John Berthelsen Scholarship

I’m Not Anyone – A Story of Reinvention and Acceptance

Roger Gimbel, who served on the PGSF board for many years and has an endowed scholarship with PGSF, has just published I’m Not Anyone – A Story of Reinvention and Acceptance, a paperback book available on Amazon.  Generously, Roger is donating all of the proceeds from the sale of this book to PGSF.  Below is the synopsis – purchase your copy today and support the foundation!

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PGSF Gimbel

Roger P. Gimbel, EDP is a well-known entrepreneur and business executive in the commercial print industry. He assumed management of the family business, Gimbel & Associates, expanded it, and had it taken from him. Over the course of his career, he’s experienced many ups and downs; some of them humorous, others heart-breaking.

I’m Not Anyone is the colorful story of a man who endured a big business disappointment, regained his sense of worth, and became an innovative and inspiring influencer.

The book is filled with interesting anecdotes and provides a glimpse into the evolution of the printing business from the 1960s until today.


This book covers over 50 years in the life of Roger P. Gimbel, EDP. He’s now the president of consulting firm Gimbel & Associates, but he started his business career working in his father’s print shop. The events that steered his life, and sometimes changed his trajectory, are related in “I’m Not Anyone” through amusing and interesting anecdotes and stories.

Coming of age in the turbulent late sixties had an influence on Roger’s life as he attempted to balance his interest in becoming a successful business executive with the counterculture attitudes of the time. He managed to start and expand his company while simultaneously enjoying life to its fullest. Readers will learn how he foresaw an increase in demand for quick-turnaround duplication and copying and set up his business to take advantage of new technology in the printing industry, eventually running operations for the family printing company following his father’s death.

Success and a growing reputation attracted business from big enterprises like JC Penney and AT&T. Demands for rapidly produced high volumes of print inspired Roger to work with his contacts at industry-leading vendors like Xerox to develop or evaluate new technology sorely needed in the world of printing. Things were going well. Then he made a decision that seemed right at the time but eventually caused him to leave the print production business. With no Plan B, Roger Gimbel had to reinvent himself on the fly.

Interspersed with a digital printing chronicle are stories about sailing, reality TV, unscrupulous business associates, celebrities, and even gangsters! Readers will learn about the print industry’s evolution while being entertained by Roger’s stories and adventures.

Personal development, drive, and ambition are also part of the story, all wrapped in tales of business trends and developments. Anyone interested in the printing business will enjoy this book, but it also appeals as an engrossing biography of one of the most interesting people in any industry.

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Nonprofit Diversifies with Two Key Board Members

PGSF Announces Board of Directors for 2022–2025 Term;
Chair Jules Van Sant Welcomes Second Term

Nonprofit Diversifies with Two Key Board Members

Pittsburgh, PA — December 8, 2021 — The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF) announces its board of directors for the 2022–2025 term. The PGSF board consists of 25 members representing the broad scope of the graphic communications industry, including IT, communications, equipment manufacturing, publishing, education, and finance, as well as trade associations and commercial printers. 

Jules Van Sant welcomes her second term as Chair for PGSF.  At the helm, Van Sant is helping to shape the future of the graphics communications industry one student at a time as they embark on a journey in the print and graphics field. 

Joining the PGSF board of directors are Jessica Curran of Salt Lake Community College and Heidi Thompson of ACE Public Relations. Curran is an Associate Professor at Salt Lake Community College and has been teaching graphic communications for more than 14 years. She holds a BS in Graphic Design from California University of Pennsylvania and an MS in Graphic Communications Technology Management from Kean University in New Jersey.

Heidi Thompson holds a BS from Ramapo College in New Jersey and brings to PGSF nearly 30 years of experience in the graphic communications industry. Thompson launched ACE Public Relations in 1999, and since 2020 her team provides strategic counsel and communications support to promote PGSF. 

“Adding additional educators and PR professionals to our board will bring fresh perspectives to complement the existing institutional knowledge. It will also give us greater reach as we work on our goal of increasing diversity in schools, students, and the graphics industry,” says Van Sant.

Van Sant adds, “We are thankful for the service of those completing their tenure on the board, who have ushered us to this place of opportunity to broaden our impact through expanded grant offerings to schools and programs, continued our reach into continuing education for those in the industry, and increased total awards to students as we raise funds.”

The 2022–2025 PGSF Board of Directors include the following members:

Doug Yeager, Alcom Printing Group, Inc.

Bill Michael, Cisco

Joseph Schember, Ricoh

Rod Sosa, Fres-co System USA, Inc.

Ray Hartman, Consultant

Jules Van Sant, Bubble & Hatch

Jules Van Sant

Niels Winther, Think Patented

Matt Vertrees, Olympus Press

Peter Schaefer, New Directions

Amela O’Gorman, Quad Graphics

Frank Kanonik, Intellective Solutions

Todd Luman, Interprint

Walter Vail, Yakich Group

Judy Durham, Industry

Judy Durham

Ken Macro, Cal Poly

Brian Regan, Semper

Stephen Richards, RNSI

Ed Young, Heidelberg

Chris Curran, Napco Media

Nick Gawreluk, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

Stephanie Hill, HP

Theresa Campbell, PIA MidAmerica

Heidi Thompson, ACE Public Relations

Heidi Thompson

Jessica Curran, SLCC

Jessica Curran

About PGSF

The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation is a not-for-profit, private, industry-directed organization that dispenses technical and college scholarships and assistance to talented youth interested in graphic communication careers. The mission of PGSF is to promote the graphics industry as a career choice for young people and then to support them through their education process.