Wytheville, VA – March 17, 2009 - For the first time ever, a Virginia business has won the William K. Marrinan Management Plus Hall of Fame Award, sponsored by the National Association for Printing Leadership (NAPL). Wordsprint received the printing industry’s top honor for its outstanding management performance as compared to established professional standards.
Bill Gilmer, company president, accepted the award along with chief financial officer Kathy Matheny and marketing director Kim Haga (pictured on left) at a special banquet on March 17th, during the NAPL Top Management Conference at the J.W. Marriott Starr Pass Resort in Tucson, Arizona. Chartered in 1933, NAPL is a not-for-profit management association representing companies in the $120 billion printing and graphic communications industry.
The Hall of Fame honor is awarded after a company has won numerous Management Plus awards over a period of years. Wordsprint has consistently earned Management Plus awards each year since 1993, including four Gold awards.
Wordsprint was cited for its superior financial record, its emphasis on employee participation in management, and its consistency in producing quality printing. The firm employs 26 people in its two facilities in Wytheville and Christiansburg, and specializes in Design, Print and Mail services for area businesses and organizations.
“Being selected as one of the industry’s best managed companies is a tremendous honor,” says Bill Gilmer, “and our entire staff deservedly shares in the credit.”
This 2009 Hall of Fame Award follows a 2008 Platinum RAVE Award, where Wordsprint was ranked #1 in the nation in customer satisfaction, scoring an unprecedented 21% superiority over its competitors. In 1995, the Company was named #1 in the nation in management excellence by PrintImage International, another trade association representing the graphic arts industry.
Hall of Fame inductees have the honor of designating two $1,000 scholarships in the Company’s name to 4-year graphic arts schools of the Company’s choice. Wordsprint has chosen Emory & Henry College in Emory, VA and Bluefield College in Bluefield, VA to receive these scholarships.