Karen Krigsman, Traci Lucien, and Joe Schick To be Honored with 2017 Luminaire Awards
Printing Industries Alliance and Idealliance will recognize industry leaders at Annual Franklin Luminaire Awards event in New York City on Oct. 18.

Printing Industries Alliance and Idealliance have announced that Karen E. Krigsman of J.Crew Group, Inc., Traci L. Lucien of AARP, and Joe Schick, recently retired from Quad/Graphics, will be honored with 2017 Luminaire Awards. The awards, which recognize exceptional professionals for their positive contribution and service within the media and visual communications industries, will be presented at the annual Franklin Luminaire Awards event on Oct. 18 at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers in New York City. Event sponsorships are available at early bird rates through July 31.

"Our annual Franklin Luminaire Awards event brings hundreds of professionals from every branch of our industry together to recognize and honor the outstanding achievements of leaders such as Karen, Traci, and Joe," says Steve Drew, sales executive at LSC Communications and Co-Chair of the 2017 Franklin Luminaire Awards. Meghan Milkowski, 2017 Franklin Luminaire Awards Co-Chair, added, "Our Awards event is a wonderful opportunity to show our Honorees the industry's appreciation for their commitment to excellence and the contributions they have made throughout their careers to move our industry forward."

Karen E. Krigsman, Senior Director, Print Production, J.Crew Group, Inc., oversees print purchasing and production for retail companies Madewell and J.Crew. She is responsible for the manufacturing and distribution of all catalogs, marketing collateral, store signage, direct mail, print and out-of-home advertisements, as well as the prepress, press approvals, paper purchasing, and packaging purchasing and execution for the companies' domestic and international entities.

Traci L. Lucien, Vice President, Print Center, AARP, leads a production management group that serves the organization with print and mail expertise. She and her team manage the production of approximately one billion pieces of print each year. Lucien also provides oversight and direction for operational management of workflow systems that support the enterprise. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Idealliance and the Alliance of Non-Profit Mailers and is an advocate for foster care and adoption, serving as a media spokesperson for

Joe Schick, recently retired as Vice President of Postal Affairs, Quad/Graphics, Inc., served as the company's primary liaison with the U.S. Postal Service and represented Quad/Graphics on the Direct Marketing Advisory Board at the Universal Postal Union in Switzerland. A long-time member of the Postmaster General's Mailers' Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC), where he represented the Gravure Association of America and served as Industry Chairman, he was also a member of the Idealliance Board of Directors, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Association for Postal Commerce (PostCom), and Chair of the Idealliance Addressing & Distribution Committee.

Franklin Luminaire Awards Platinum sponsorships (table of 10) are available at the early bird rate of $5,500 until July 31 ($6,500 after that date); Gold sponsorships (half-table of five) are $2,750 by July 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. Proceeds from the Franklin Luminaire Awards support the programs of the PIA Graphic Communications Foundation and the Idealliance DEER Foundation.

For more information about sponsorships or tickets, please contact Kim Tuzzo of Printing Industries Alliance at (800) 777-4742 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

Tim Freeman, President
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Inaugural Innovation Excellence Award Recipients Announced; Darlow to Receive Zenger Medal

Printing Industries Alliance and Idealliance have announced that Dianne Kennedy, XML & Metadata Evangelist Emeritus, Idealliance, Paul Nowak, Director of Customer Experience,  QuadPackaging  and Canon Solutions America, for their thINK: Inkjet Networking and Knowledge Community, will be honored with the inaugural 2016 Innovation Excellence Awards, and that Mark Darlow, Founder/Lifetime Trustee/Past President, Graphic Communications Scholarship Foundation, has been selected as recipient of the 2016 Zenger Community Service Medal.

The awards will be presented at the annual Franklin Luminaire Awards gala at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers, New York, NY, on October 19th, 5:30 pm-10 pm. As announced previously, also to be honored at the event are Chris Dunn of American Express, Jerry Faust of Time, Inc., and Steve Zenger of the Zenger Group, who will receive 2016 Luminaire Awards, and noted journalist and author Armen Keteyian, who has been named recipient of the 2016 Franklin Award for Distinguished Service.

“We are pleased to inaugurate our new Innovation Excellence Award with such worthy recipients as Dianne, Paul, and Canon Solutions America,” says Steve Drew, Co-Chair of the 2016 Franklin Luminaire Awards Committee. “The Innovation Excellence Award was established to recognize a company or individual in graphic and visual communications who is pioneering, pacesetting, and advancing new technologies—innovators who are moving our industry into the future, and that is certainly true of our first three recipients.

“The Zenger Medal, named after Colonial-era printer and freedom of the press trailblazer John Peter Zenger, honors a graphic communications professional who has demonstrated exceptional community service, making our community a better place to live or serving our country in ways that make us proud,” says Meghan Milkowski, 2016 Franklin Luminaire Awards Co-Chair. “Mark’s decades of service to the industry and his extraordinary volunteer work on behalf of numerous charitable causes, both within and outside the industry, exemplify the ideals of the Zenger Medal.”

Platinum Sponsors (as of 9-9-16):
Canon Solutions America, Conde Nast, EarthColor, Hearst Magazines, HudsonYards, Konica Minolta, Publishers Press, Quad/Graphics, RR Donnelley, Time Inc., Trend Offset Printing, Unimac and Xerox

Gold Sponsors (as of 9-9-16):
Blanchard Systems, Canon Solutions America, Case Paper, Dalim Software GmbH, Design Distributors, Dolce Printing, Fry Communications and Veritiv

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