The Alexandria, Virginia-based International Digital Enterprise Alliance, better known as Idealliance, and the Printing Industries Alliance, a trade association representing graphics communications firms in New York state, northern New Jersey and northwest Pennsylvania, announce that the 2018 Franklin Luminaire Committee has selected print industry veteran Benny Landa to be the recipient of the 2018 Franklin Award for Distinguished Service—the highest honor given an individual by the graphic communications community.
In their announcement, the two organizations refer to Landa as a “visionary inventor, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and ‘Father of Commercial Digital Printing.’”
The coveted award has been presented for more than 60 years to renowned leaders in the military, politics, business, journalism, and communications, for their outstanding achievements and contributions to American society. The award, named for Benjamin Franklin, a printer by trade, will be presented to Landa at the annual Franklin Luminaire Awards on Wednesday, October 17, 2018, at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers in New York City. The gala is jointly presented by the Print Drives America Foundation and the Idealliance Foundation. Event sponsorships are available and are offered at early bird rates through August 31.
“A pioneer of digital printing at Indigo Digital Printing (which he founded in 1977 and is now a division of Hewlett-Packard), Landa continued his visionary pathway as founder, chairman, and CEO of the Landa Group—pioneering futuristic nanotechnology applications in the fields of imaging, energy, and health,” reads the announcement of the award. “His vision for the future also includes investment in promising Israeli technologies and philanthropic activities that enable underprivileged youth to gain access to higher education. Landa has a portfolio of over 800 patents worldwide and is the printing industry’s and Israel’s most prolific inventor.” Recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the imaging industry’s prestigious Edwin H. Land medal, Landa has also received numerous lifetime achievement awards and honorary doctorates.
“We are delighted to salute Mr. Landa with this prestigious honor and acknowledge his achievements in front of more than 300 prominent CEOs and senior executives from the printing, publishing, digital, advertising and graphic communications community,” says Franklin Luminaire Committee co-chair, Steve Drew, Sales Executive-Magazine Group at LSC Communications. “The exciting evening carries on a long-standing tradition of offering close networking opportunities with new and potential clients, building professional relationships, and most importantly, developing our industry.”
In past years, the Franklin Award for Distinguished Service has been presented to nationally known luminaries that include several United States Presidents; New York State Governors George Pataki and Mario Cuomo; New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman; New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg; as well as notables such as Martha Stewart; Norman Rockwell; Armen Keteyian; and Walter Cronkite.
To become a sponsor or for more information on the October gala in New York City, visit https://pialliance.org/franklin-luminaire-awards/ to download the registration form, or contact Kim Tuzzo of Printing Industries Alliance at 716-91-3211 or ktuzzo@PIAlliance.org.