PGSF to Participate at Two Industry Events: Americas Print Show and Printing United

Pittsburgh, PA — June 8, 2022The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF) is pleased to announce that it will be participating at two upcoming industry events: the Americas Print Show, taking place August 17-19 in Columbus, OH, and Printing United, October 19-21 in Las Vegas, NV.

Americas Print Show '22

At the Americas Print Show, PGSF will be at the workforce development area, booth 1741. The non-profit will be involved in the Student Day, Thursday, August 18th, which will include a tour of FSC-certified Hopkins Printing for educators, students, and their families. Printing United Expo

A similar tour is planned during Printing United, where PGSF will be at booth N1203. 

“We look forward to meeting with the community at the upcoming expos,” comments Dianne Bullas, Operations Director, PGSF. “As the print industry evolves, and products such as wall décor, carpets, and clothing are produced in addition to magazines and packaging, there is a career path opportunity for almost everyone. The industry is fueling jobs in finance, human resources, mechanics, IT, customer service, sales, marketing, safety, logistics, press operators and technicians, and more. It’s a great industry for learning and advancement.”

For more information, visit www.PGSF.org.

 

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 communications 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. 

 

Contact:

Jeff White

Director of Development, PGSF

jeff.white@pgsf.org

412-608-2855

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Jeff White, Director of Development at PGSF, and Joe Lyman, CEO of GLGA, join Deborah Corn to discuss aiding long-term student success, exciting new school programs and grants, exposing younger generations to the magic of the print industry – and how you can help!

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Roger Gimbel’s Popular Print Industry Paperback Now an E-Book

Garden City, NY — June 16, 2022

Roger Gimbel's I'm Not Anyone

I’m Not Anyone” by Roger Gimbel is filled with interesting anecdotes and stories covering the author’s 50+ year career in the printing industry. The book is now available on Amazon in either paperback or eBook format.

“We’ve had great feedback from the paperback edition,” said Gimbel. “People seem to enjoy the stories about the print business and my observations about industry trends and developments. I am grateful to all the book buyers who have supported the Herman L. and Audrey M. Gimbel Memorial Scholarship. Now we’re adding the eBook.”

Mr. Gimbel donates the book sale proceeds to the scholarship administered by the Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation. His contributions impact the lives of college students focused on the graphic arts industry by supporting their education. The new low-cost electronic format will help distribute the book among college students who often have limited financial resources.

Roger Gimbel started his business career working in his father’s print shop. Gimbel relates the events that steered his life, and sometimes changed his trajectory in “I’m Not Anyone”, interspersed with a narration of developments in digital printing.

As reviewer Lance Drucker writes, “Roger Gimbel could be the most interesting man I know. I didn’t realize this until I read his book, “I’m Not Anyone”. I knew Roger to be a successful business owner in the printing world. I had no idea of his wild side. Motorcycles, drugs, clothes, clubs, yachts, and Forrest Gump-like experiences with some of the most iconic people in recent history.”

Buy “I’m Not Anyone” now at Amazon in either paperback or eBook form.

ABOUT GIMBEL & ASSOCIATES 

Gimbel & Associates is an international management consulting firm working to ignite business growth through digital technologies. As an independent company, they offer clients customized consulting services to achieve their sales and marketing goals. With an extensive background in print services, print production, digital print, marketing communications, database management, training, and direct marketing, Gimbel & Associates helps their clients accomplish their growth and efficiency goals.

PGSF Visits the Mariano Rivera Foundation

Mariano Rivera Foundation - Team

Mariano Rivera Foundation - ClassroomOn Feb 15, PGSF Director of Development, Jeff White, had the distinct pleasure of meeting with the students, staff, and mentors at Mariano Rivera’s school in Gainsville, Florida. This was an amazing opportunity to once again interact with many of the students who attended the EFI Connect Conference in January 2022. At this event, Mariano was the keynote speaker.

It was exciting to be able to see what a fine program has been developed to help a new generation of individuals learn more about the Graphic Arts industry, preparing them for choices in career direction and advancement. I was honored to share with them details about my 40+ year career in the industry. This helped the class further understand just how important print, packaging, and design are to all of us, every day –  and that print is everywhere!

Mariano Rivera Foundation - StairwellRead more in the latest edition of Printing News: https://www.printingnews.com/2022-03-printing-news

Learn about the foundation and how you can connect to the next generation of employees via the Mariano Foundation at their website: https://themarianoriverafoundation.org/center/

PGSF Opens Annual Poster Design Competition

Winners to Receive $500 Prize

Winning posters to be displayed in schools across the United States

The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF) is holding its annual poster design competition to promote the hundreds of college scholarships it offers students yearly. The winning posters will be showcased in schools across the United States, and contest winners will receive a plaque to display in their schools. Two winning entrants will each receive a $500 check, an award certificate, and recognition in PGSF’s promotional materials.

Educators are encouraged to offer the design competition as a real-world working assignment.  High school and college students are invited to visit PGSF.org/2022-poster-design-contest to submit poster designs by June 1, 2022. Contest winners will be notified before June 30th.

“Each year PGSF dispenses over 200 scholarships ranging in value from $2,000 to $5,000, and we are asking students to design a poster to promote these award opportunities. We encourage communities all around the U.S. to connect with the schools, especially on social media, to share information about this design contest as well as careers in the graphics industry,” comments Jules Van Sant, Chair, PGSF. 

Recent Contest Winners

​​The 2021 winner of the poster contest for full-time students was John Latham, a student at SOWELA Technical Community College in Louisiana. ​​Randy Jackson, a student at Camden County Technical School in New Jersey, was the winner for the part-time student poster.

Abigail Carter of Mattoon High School won the 2020 design contest thanks to graphic arts teacher Laura Roberts, who offered the design project as a school assignment.  

Design entries must meet the following standards:

  1. They must place a strong emphasis on the availability of scholarships.
  2. They must prominently display:
    • the PGSF name and logo;
    • the scholarship application due date of May 1, 2023; and
    • PGSF contact information: PGSF.org, contact@pgsf.org.

Visit PGSF.org/2022-poster-design-contest for more information. For questions or assistance, email dianne.bullas@pgsf.org or call 866-556-7473.

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 communications 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. 

PGSF Expands Team with Two Industry Veterans

The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF) is pleased to announce that Dianne Bullas and Dr. Debbie Bohan have joined the PGSF team. Bullas will serve as Operations Director and Bohan will take on the role of Administrative Director. Their goal is to help PGSF grow and reach more students who want to pursue a career in the graphic communications industry. Bullas and Bohan will work closely with Bernie Eckert, Managing Director, and Jeff White, Director of Development, as well as the PGSF board of directors.

Bernie Eckert Celebrates 20 Years

Bernie Eckert
Bernie Eckert

PGSF is also pleased to announce that industry veteran Bernie Eckert is celebrating her 20th year with the non-profit. Eckert has been an invaluable resource for PGSF and the students she works with on a daily basis.

“It’s an exciting time for PGSF and the graphic communications industry,” comments Jules Van Sant, Chair, PGSF. “We congratulate Bernie Eckert for her dedication to PGSF and commend her for the impact she’s had on the thousands of students who have received scholarships while she has been with the organization. We are also thrilled to add more seasoned experts to our team. Dr. Debbie Bohan and Dianne Bullas will be fundamental in helping our organization to meet the growing opportunities within the printing community.”

Meet our Expanded PGSF Team

Dianne Bullas
Dianne Bullas

Bullas’ primary role will be to reach out to industry leaders, colleges, universities, and technical schools to ensure that they are aware of the PGSF and how the organization can help students pursue an education in graphic communications.

Bullas’ career in the graphic communications industry spans 40+ years. She graduated from Oregon State University with a bachelor’s degree in technical journalism and business. She worked in advertising sales for a small community newspaper and later moved into commercial printing where she held positions in operations and sales. Bullas spent 27 years with a commercial printer in Portland, OR, and was instrumental in growing the company, eventually becoming president.  

Debbie Bohan
Debbie Bohan

Bohan will manage the day-to-day operations for PGSF, including the scholarship application process and interactions with current and future award recipients. 

Bohan holds a BSc. and a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Wales, Swansea, UK. As a postdoctoral researcher, she coordinated large multidisciplinary investigations in the areas of health psychology, circadian rhythms, and medical genetics. Bohan has over 20 years of volunteer experience working with various school and youth athletic programs.

Located in Pittsburgh, PA, Bohan enjoys working with students and sharing her industry knowledge. She looks forward to interacting with students interested in pursuing a career in the graphic communications industry and sharing the many opportunities available in a market segment that is innovative and growing.  

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. 

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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FROM THE BACK COVER

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.

ADDITIONAL NOTES

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.

CLICK HERE to purchase on AMAZON!

 

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.