Star Awards

The PIM Star Awards honor every aspect of the graphic communications supply chain, from content creation to print distribution in every way imaginable. Awards honor our member’s capabilities through the Best of Show, People’s Choice, and other categories, as well as recognize the hard work of employees through our CSR, Production Professional and Outstanding Team of the Year Awards. In 2019, we add two new awards of recognition; Creative Production and Young ProfessionalsThe awards are judged by a panel of independent experts from the education and creative fields, not other print providers.  Over 300 members attend the Star Awards. We hope you and others from your company will attend and celebrate the Power of Print with industry leaders from throughout the Midwest!

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The following individuals have risen to the top of our industry and are recognized for their accomplishments and contributions. These prestigious awards are presented during the annual PIM Star Awards dinner each year or at regional golf tournament awards banquets.

Graphic Arts Industry Leader Award

2018 Jim Andersen IWCO
2017 Al Hillmann Standard Dynamics
2016 Peter Jacobson Daily Printing
2015 Michael Nahan Nahan Printing
2014 Howard Siewert Ideal Printers, Inc.
2013 Ed Engle Ambassador Press, Inc.
2012 Charles Bolger Bolger Vision Beyond Print
2011 David Baumgardner Smyth Companies
2010 Mark Carlson The John Roberts Company
2009 Dan Thornton RR Donnelley – Twin Cities
2008 Gary Garner GLS Companies
2007 Michael Keene The John Roberts Company
2006 Mark Kuzma Flaire Print Communications
2005 Mark Jessen Jessen Press, Inc.
2003 Monica Murphy Japs-Olson Company
2002 Thomas Kluge Thomson Reuters
2001 Craig Jilk Thomson Reuters
1999 Sabra Otteson J-C Press
1997 Stan Hildestad Riverside Color Corp.
1996 Jack Anderberg Anderberg-Lund Printing Co.
1993 Ed Kelly 3M
1991 Robert Murphy Japs-Olson Company
1990 Hal Holden Jr. Holden Business Forms
1973 Fred Schulz Buckbee Mears

Nebraska Distinguished Printer Award

2018 Scott Peterson Peterson Printing
2017 Ken Packett Midlands Packaging Corporation
2016 Fred Arnold McBattas Packaging and Printing
2015 Phil Mentzer Color & Coating Services
2014 John Barnhart Barnhart Press
2013 Phil Crews Publication Printing of Nebraska
2012 Dave Brown Regal Printing Company
2011 Eilene Peter Interstate Printing Company
2010 Chuck Kinzer Omaha Print
2009 Tom Nicholson Wright Printing Company
2008 Steve Hayes Omaha Print
2007 Harvey Sankey
2006 Rob Caulk Barnhart Press
2005 Steve Martin Pacific City Graphics, Inc.
2004 Jim Bosco Regal Printing Company

Iowa Distinguished Printer Award

2018 Humza Igram Cedar Graphics, Inc.
2017 Doug Freeman Adi Group
2016 Jon Troen Mittera Group, Colorfx
2015 John Lynch Woolverton Printing Company
2014 Perry Klein Colorfx-Des Moines
2012 Brad Eslick Record Printing Company
2011 Greg Ortmann Feiereisen, Inc.
2009 Jim Slife Pioneer Communications
2008 Hassan Igram Cedar Graphics, Inc.
2005 Tom Sheehan Elanders Americas
2004 Ron Hoyt Carter Printing Company, Inc.