The Robert F. Reed Technology Medal was established in 1974 by the Ben Franklin Society (formerly the Society of Fellows) of the Printing Industries of America/Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (PIA/GATF).
Marc Olin, senior vice president and general manager of EFI’s Professional Printing Applications, has been awarded the Technical Leadership Award by NAPL, the trade association for excellence in graphic communications management.
Olin was presented with the award during the NAPL’s 2006 Top Management Conference in Orlando, Florida in recognition of his longstanding and ongoing dedication to the development of innovative technical solutions to enhance the graphic communications production process.
The NAPL Technical Leadership Award is presented annually to an individual in the graphic communications industry who personifies the principles of craftsmanship. It recognises definable achievement in some area of technical endeavour that can be broadly characterised as technical leadership. This leadership may be demonstrated through work in associations, through practical technological achievement and/or invention including the unique application of technology, or in graphic communications education.
The NAPL Technical Leadership Award is part of the NAPL Awards program, which also includes an Industry Award and, this year, a Lifetime Achievement Award.
EFI is a world leader in digital controllers, superwide format printers and inks, and print management solutions.
Mr. Dziesietnik has been awarded Robert F. Reed Technology Medal because of his major contribution to technical and scientific development within the graphic arts industry, namely his many patents particularly in the area of variable data printing and technological advances in the digital printing and variable data-printing arenas.
Dziesietnik’s leadership and technological insight has been instrumental in EFI’s achieving and maintaining its position as a world leader in digital imaging and print management solutions for commercial and enterprise printing, the awards cited.
Dziesienik has greatly contributed to many EFI technology breakthroughs, including the innovation that produced the Fiery, one of the fastest and most advanced servers in the digital production market today. The Fiery server delivers a high level of performance for producing complex documents, and is used for mission-critical, high-speed, commercial, and variable data printing production environments.
Since his appointment in 2000, Dziesietnik has served as chairman of PODi, a non-profit strategic initiative focused on evangelising digital printing technology and services, leading the evolution of digital printing infrastructure by promoting interoperability through standards. He has delivered numerous presentations on unified digital workflow, printing standards, and variable-data printing technologies. He holds an E.E. and M.S.C. in electrical engineering from the University of Tel-Aviv, Israel.
On handing the award to Olin, Joseph Truncale, NAPL president and chief executive officer said: ““The graphic communications industry has benefited greatly from Marc’s visionary leadership and innovation, which have enhanced all phases of print production, dramatically improved workflow efficiencies, and contributed to greater industry profitability.”
“Throughout his career, Olin has pioneered technology that has impacted the very core of the printing business, and his contributions have resulted in greatly improved printing efficiencies and significant cost savings.”
He was CEO and co-founder of Printcafe Software, Inc., before its sale to EFI. Before that Olin served for eight years as president of Prograph Management Systems. He was the co-founder of Prograph, the predecessor company to Printcafe. In addition to developing the first system, which supported publisher-to-printer job specifications, the team at Prograph also contributed to all of the major buyer-to-printer transaction standards for the magazine publishing industry. Olin has also served as a director of the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation and the Graphic Communications Association.