PIA Announces 2012 Officers and Board of Directors
Printing Industries of America (PIA) announced the election of its 2012 Officers and Board of Directors. The installation ceremony took place on Nov. 13 at Printing Industries' Fall Administrative Meetings held in Miami Beach, Fla.
Chair of the Board: Laura Lawton-Forsyth of Lawton Printing, Inc., Spokane, Wash.
Laura Lawton-Forsyth is president of Lawton Printing, Inc., and File-EZ Folder, Inc., both located in Spokane, Wash. A fourth-generation printer, she joined her family business in 2001. Lawton-Forsyth's industry involvement is extensive. She has served the Pacific Printing Industries Association (PPI) since 2002, most recently becoming board president in 2008. She has been affiliated with PIA since 2001, serving as an R&D Committee Member in 2001; Board Member 2002–present; Chair, Young Print Professionals Group, 2004–present; Chair, Education Committee and Executive Committee member 2006–present; and Finance Committee Member, 2008–present. She also has been a Kodak Commercial Printing Advisory Group Member, serving from 2004 to 2007.
First Vice Chairman: Timothy J. Burton of Burton & Mayer, Inc., Menomonee Falls, Wis.
Timothy Burton currently is the president and chairman of the board for Burton & Mayer. He served as the chairman of the Association Relations Committee of PIA from 2008 to 2010 and has been in the officers ranks nationally since 2007. A Premier Print Awards judge for many years, he also has judged local affiliate contests for PICA, PAF, PIAS, PGAMA, PII and PINE. In addition, he is involved in several local civic organizations, including Friends of Milwaukee Public Television, Institute for Graphics and Imaging, the Work Services Committee of the Milwaukee Center for Independence and Paws with a Cause.
Second Vice Chairman: Jeff Ekstein of Willow Printing Group, Concord, Ontario.
Ekstein is the third generation in his family to own Willow Printing Group in Concord, Ontario. He has worked in the family business since he was 10 years old, having carried out mostly every task one could possibly do in a print shop. Ekstein graduated from York University in Toronto in 1983 with a degree in Economics and Business and then went on to attend the Graphic Arts Certified Executive program from York University and NAPL. Currently the president and CEO at Willow Printing Group, he has spearheaded the acquisition of several printing companies over the years and has most recently acquired a mailing shop. Ekstein also is the current co-chair of Canadian Printing Industries Sector Council, has chaired the Printing Industries Education Committee for two years and is a Premier Print Awards judge.