Industry Mourns the Loss of H. Howard Flint II
The chairman and retired chief executive officer of Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Flint Ink Corp., H. Howard Flint II, passed away on June 14 after a brief illness. He was 66.
Born in Detroit, Flint was the grandson of the corporation's founder, H. Howard Flint. He worked at the company during college and graduate school, and began full time in 1964.
Three years later, he was elected to the company's board of directors, and in 1972, he was named vice president and branch manager of the ink manufacturing operation in Chicago.
In 1976, he returned to Detroit to assume the position of executive vice president with responsibilities in finance and manufacturing. He was elected president and chief operating officer of Flint Ink Corp. in 1988, and chairman and CEO in 1992. In January 2005, Flint retired as CEO, assuming the position of nonexecutive chairman of the board of directors.
Under his leadership, the corporation expanded into the international marketplace, and moved into digital and printed electronics technologies. The company currently serves customers throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa.
Throughout his career, Flint was a respected leader in ink and printing-industry trade associations. He served as treasurer of the Gravure Association of America and as a trustee of the Gravure Education Foundation. He was named Gravure Person of the Year in 1998 by the Gravure Association. A past president of the National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers, he received NAPIM's Printing Ink Pioneer Award in 1991. In 1999, he received the Ault Award, the highest honor bestowed by NAPIM, in recognition of his many contributions to the ink industry.
He was a member of the Western Michigan University Foundation Board for five years, he served on the board of trustees of the Michigan Colleges Foundation and was a current member of the board of directors of the Detroit Institute of Art.