Industry Leaders from Eastman Kodak Co., Esko-Graphics, Inc., The Graphic Communications Association/Taiwan & Ryerson University

Alexandria, VA (October 29, 2020) – Each year Idealliance recognizes professionals in the graphic communications industry for their innovation and advancement of the industry. Richard D. Ryan, Idealliance CEO, said, “We want to extend our appreciation to the industry professionals who selflessly dedicate their time, energy, and expertise to advancing the global printing and packaging industry. Our success and the future of the print and packaging supply chain depends on the extraordinary contributions from people like those whom we are honoring for this year’s Circle of Excellence Award.”

The Idealliance Circle Award of Excellence was established in 2005 to recognize extraordinary contributions by Idealliance Members who have transformed the graphic communications industry. These professionals—from brands and creators, to print service providers, to suppliers and technology partners—have improved the industry through new innovations across the print and packaging supply chain.

Idealliance Acknowledges Industry Achievement with 2020 Circle of Excellence Award Honorees

The Idealliance Board of Directors honors the following professionals with the 2020 Circle of Excellence Award:

Fred Hsu
Managing Director
The Graphic Communications Foundation
Taipei City, Taiwan
Development of global quantitative evaluation protocols and adoption

William Li
Color & Content Product Manager
Eastman Kodak Co.
Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Advancement of graphic communications and color standards and best practice

Jason Lisi
Professor, School of Graphic Communications Management
Ryerson University
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Advancement of graphic communications education programs

Mark R. Samworth
Senior Product Specialist – Color
Esko USA
Miamisburg, Ohio
Advancement of color management best practices and innovation for industry standards

The Award Honorees are nominated by Idealliance Working Group Leaders and Staff and chosen by the Idealliance Board of Directors. Over the fifteen-year lifetime of the Award, fifty-six industry professionals were honored with the Circle of Excellence Award


For additional information, please contact David Steinhardt, Managing Director, Idealliance, at 703.887.7680 or


Idealliance is a global graphic communications industry association. With its legacy reaching back to 1896 Idealliance is a catalyst for workflow transformation and connector for supply chain partners in the broad spectrum of print and packaging. We seek to provide an environment where, together, supply chain partners can innovate the way print is created and produced around the globe. Our specifications have changed the graphic communications supply chain by creating state-of-the-art architectures for production workflows. Our education and certification curriculum is the world’s foremost certifying platform to energize professionals, systems, and facilities. Idealliance members encompass brands, content and media creators, creative agencies and design teams, material suppliers, OEMs, print service providers, and technology developers.

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