68th annual franklin event

* Two Franklin Awards to be presented at the 68th Annual Franklin Event on November 17th in NYC   

Please join Printing Industries Alliance and the Print Drives America Foundation for the 68th Annual Franklin Event, the highlight of the year for the printing industry and the only event where the who’s who of the industry will be found in a single venue. The Franklin Event is the most prestigious gathering in what is arguably the most important visual communications market in the world. The Franklin Event will take place on Wednesday, November 17th 2021 at Club 101, a private club located at 101 Park Avenue in New York City.

The Franklin Award, the highest honor given an individual by the graphic communications industry, will be presented to two individuals, Michael Duggal, CEO of Duggal Visual Solutions (2021 recipient) and Thomas Quinlan, former CO of LSC Communications and RR Donnelley & Sons (2020 recipient).  The award, named for Benjamin Franklin, a printer by trade, has been presented for over 60 years to renowned political, business, journalism and communications leaders, for their outstanding achievements and contributions to American society.

Michael Duggal has propelled Duggal Visual Solutions into one of the largest imaging service providers in the nation. The company was started by Michael’s late father Baldev Duggal in NYC in 1961 and it has grown exponentially under his watch. Today the company has nine facilities; two on the west coast, and seven more on the east coast with its headquarters in Brooklyn, NY. Duggal provides upscale visual solutions for iconic retailers, museums, galleries, sports leagues, venues and corporations around the world. 

While 2020 was a challenging year for the print industry, our country and the world at large, few individuals or companies outside the medical community rose to the challenge the way Michael Duggal and the team at Duggal Visual Solutions did. When the lockdowns began in March of 2020, Michael quickly pivoted his company to become an essential manufacturer of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for first responders, eventually producing 3 million protective face shields, medical garments, partitions and intubation units for hospitals and first responders.  Read the complete press release detailing Michael Duggal’s accomplishments here.  

Thomas Quinlan, the 2020 Franklin recipient, is currently the former CEO of LSC Communications and was the former CEO of RR Donnelley & Sons from 2007 to 2016. Mr. Quinlan has had a long and auspicious career in our industry. He held various senior level positions with Moore Wallace and World Color Press as well as finance positions with March & McLennan and Kidde Peabody. Mr. Quinlan was first announced as the 2020 Franklin recipient in November 2019. 

This year’s Frankln Event will be special with two Honorees, a new Park Avenue private club venue, a sit-down dinner and a two level atrium foyer for cocktails with music from Jazz at Lincoln Center.  Table sponsorships are $6,500 for a table of eight, $3,500 for a half-table of four.  Purchase a ticket for $350.  To sponsor a table, download the Franklin Event registration form or sponsor online

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