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Benny Landa to Receive 2018 Franklin Award for Distinguished Service

August 7, 2018

Idealliance and Printing Industries Alliance Foundations to honor industry luminary at the annual Franklin Luminaire Awards event in New York City on Oct. 17.

The Idealliance and Printing Industries Alliance Foundations are pleased to announce that the 2018 Franklin Luminaire Committee has selected Benny Landa, visionary inventor, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and “Father of Commercial Digital Printing,” as the recipient of the 2018 Franklin Award for Distinguished Service — the highest honor given an individual by the graphic communications community.

The coveted award has been presented for over 60 years to renowned leaders in the military, politics, business, journalism, and communications, for their outstanding achievements and contributions to American society. The award, named for Benjamin Franklin, a printer by trade, will be presented to Landa at the annual Franklin Luminaire Awards on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 (5:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.) at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers in New York City. The gala is jointly presented by the Print Drives America Foundation and the Idealliance Foundation. Event sponsorships are available and are offered at early bird rates through August 31.

A pioneer of digital printing at Indigo, Landa continued his visionary pathway as Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of the Landa Group—pioneering futuristic nanotechnology applications in the fields of imaging, energy, and health. His vision for the future also includes investment in promising Israeli technologies and philanthropic activities that enable underprivileged youth to gain access to higher education. Landa has a portfolio of over 800 patents worldwide and is the printing industry’s and Israel's most prolific inventor. Recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the imaging industry's prestigious Edwin H. Land medal, he has also received numerous lifetime achievement awards and honorary doctorates.

“We are delighted to salute Mr. Landa with this prestigious honor and acknowledge his achievements in front of more than 300 prominent CEOs and senior executives from the printing, publishing, digital, advertising, and graphic communications community,” says Franklin Luminaire Committee Co-Chair Steve Drew, Sales Executive-Magazine Group at LSC Communications. “The exciting evening carries on a long-standing tradition of offering close networking opportunities with new and potential clients, building professional relationships, and most importantly, developing our industry.”

Franklin Luminaire Committee Co-Chair Meghan Milkowski, Vice President of Business Operations-Print Group at Dow Jones, agrees. “Our Committee members are working diligently to make the program a spectacular gala which no one will want to miss. This is now the most prestigious awards program in what is arguably the most important visual communications market in the world,” says Milkowski.

In past years, the Franklin Award for Distinguished Service has been presented to nationally known luminaries that include several United States Presidents, New York State Governors George Pataki and Mario Cuomo, New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, as well as notables such as Martha Stewart, Norman Rockwell, Armen Keteyian, and Walter Cronkite.

Event Platinum sponsors to date include Allied Printing Services, Inc., Canon Solutions America, LSC Communications, and Quantum Group. Xerox Corporation is a Gold sponsor.

The deadline for early bird sponsorships has been extended to August 31. Platinum sponsorships (table of 10) are available at the early bird rate of $5,500 ($6,500 after August 31); Gold sponsorships (half-table of five) are $2,750 by August 31 ($3,250 after). Sponsors receive recognition in the printed program and signage, and during the evening’s program. Individual tickets are also available at $400.

To become a sponsor or register, click here or visit https://pialliance.org/franklin-luminaire-awards/ to download the registration form, or contact Kim Tuzzo of Printing Industries Alliance at (716) 691-3211 or [email protected].

About the Print Drives America Foundation

The Print Drives America Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation sponsored by Printing Industries Alliance. The Print Drives America Foundation is a national advocacy initiative established to meaningfully increase the market share of print. Printing Industries Alliance represents graphic communications firms in New York State, northern New Jersey and northwestern Pennsylvania. Printing Industries Alliance provides a variety of consultative, informational, advocacy, and cost-cutting services for member firms throughout its territory.

About the Idealliance Foundation

The Idealliance Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization established by Idealliance in 2005 to advance global educational, technical expertise, innovation, and transformative initiatives that prepare graphic communications professionals for the next generation of technology, workflows, standards, specifications, and global market trends to help guide them as they prepare to make their imprint on the industry. The Foundation develops a vast depth of curricula, training materials, programs and the most recognized certifications in the world to help propel the future leaders of our industry. As part of its core offering it publishes the globally and multi-lingual published and definitive Guide to Print Production and directs the annual Franklin Luminaire Awards with Print Drives America Foundation of Printing Industries Alliance.

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