Seven Printing and Production Executives Inducted into 2009 Hall of Fame
STEVE HAYES, CEO, Omaha Print
Mr. Hayes has spent the last 37 years continuing a proud tradition at Omaha Print, which traces its business roots back more than 150 years, before Nebraska had even been admitted to the union. After toying with the idea of going to law school, Mr. Hayes attended the University of Northern Colorado, where he played football on a scholarship, then joined the ranks of Omaha Print. In his early years, he worked in the office products division. Mr. Hayes took the helm of the company in 1991, and made several strategic moves. First, he divested the company of its office products division, mindful of the emergence of superstores such as Staples. Then he invested in sheetfed, followed by web, technology. Described as both a maverick and a visionary, Mr. Hayes has been an active participant with the PIA, Printing Industries of the Midlands and NAPL.
HERB ZEBRACK, President, Lithographix
Mr. Zebrack, for more than 50 years, has strived to take the quality of printing to a higher level. He's certainly done as much during his tenure with Lithographix; a $1.6 million a year performer when he took the reins in 1980, the company now registers sales of roughly $125 million. Still, Mr. Zebrack refuses to take all the glory for Lithographix's accomplishments, saying, "Our growth is not a tribute to me, but a tribute to we." Mr. Zebrack took printing class in high school and honed his skills at L.A. Trade Tech, an industrial arts college. After stints at a few smaller shops, he arrived at Lithographix in the early 1970s.
PUBLISHING EXECUTIVE HALL OF FAME Inductees:
SHONA BURNS, Executive Director of Production, Chronicle Books
Ms. Burns, in the course of her 23-year career, has demonstrated how a willingness to learn, coupled with an innovative spirit, can translate into success. Rather than resisting the technological and workflow developments that have transformed publishing over the past 15 years, Ms. Burns has embraced them to maximum strategic advantage. Her formal training at Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland included ink technology, editorial, copy editing, language, art history and graphic design, and afforded her a big-picture view of publishing operations.