While overseeing production and manufacturing operations has never been easy, its difficulty level has seemingly increased tenfold in recent years. Not only are meeting deadlines and quality standards paramount today, but cost-cutting, managing an ever-increasing workload with fewer and fewer resources (i.e., automating anything and everything), and adapting to the realities of digital publishing are now neck-and-neck for first priority.
From computer-to-plate to conceiving ad portals to workflow automation and beyond, he has the smarts, the charm and the energy to do whatever it takes," says Alan Snyder, prepress operations manager at Fry Communications Inc., of 2009 Publishing Executive Hall of Fame inductee John Blanchard. "He has no fears of what-ifs, and can easily asses a value in a process—or opportunity."
Publishing Executive, Printing Impressions and Book Business magazines have announced this year's Hall of Fame inductees for their respective publications.