Industry Awards Gala – Thursday, April 11

Don Hutcheson to Receive Industry Influencer Award; Awards of Excellence Winners Announced

The Industry Awards Gala is an evening of networking and celebration, highlighting award-winning print. The Gala will be held this year at the Boston Marriott Burlington, Burlington, MA, Thursday, April 11. Starting at 4 p.m., there is a Student Awards of Excellence reception, with a gallery of award-winning pieces created by students, and presentation of awards. Come see what the future of the industry is learning! At 5 p.m., join us for a cocktail reception, view the gallery of award-winning pieces, and cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award.

The Industry Influencer Award, sponsored by Heidelberg since 2003, honors the contributions of an individual whose vision and energy have impacted our industry in a profound and indelible way. It recognizes the entrepreneurial spirit and foresight to create new business models, develop market shifting technologies and improve our industry in a permanent and sustained manner.

This year, Don Hutcheson will receive the prestigious Industry Influencer Award. With over 40 years’ experience in photography, design, prepress, printing, and color science, Don has pioneered many techniques we now take for granted, like RGB workflows, soft proofing, extended-gamut printing, and digital proofing. In 1995 he started the world’s first color management consultancy, HutchColor, LLC, to bring the concept of ICC color management to professional graphic users. Today he continues to train the world’s top printers, publishers, agencies, photographers, and designers through private consulting and public conferences. In 2006 as chair of the IDEAlliance GRACoL committee, Don used his own Proof-to-Press calibration method (now known as “G7®”) to produce the current GRACoL and SWOP data sets. Since then G7 has made standardized printing and proofing easier and more accessible to thousands of printers and print buyers worldwide.

An exciting part of the evening is the presentation of the Awards of Excellence. Second place Awards of Recognition and third place Awards of Merit will be announced, while the first place Pinnacle Award, signifying the very best entry in a particular category, will be presented to the winners. Entries that earn Pinnacle designations will be entered in the 2019 Premier Print Awards, the largest international competitive print awards program, hosted by Printing Industries of America. Specialty Awards will also be presented for Best Digital Piece, Best Offset Piece, Best Use of Substrate, Best Use of Color, Best Use of Photography, Most Creative Use of Paper and Most Imaginative Design. In addition, the judges will share why they chose a particular piece for the Judges’ Choice Awards, and the People’s Choice Award will be revealed. Finally, a stunning crystal award for Best of Show Award winner will be presented.

Thank you to Canon Solutions America, CardConnect, Heidelberg USA, HP, International Paper Co., Kodak – Print Systems Division, Koenig & Bauer, Komori America Corporation, NorthStar Insurance Services, Partners Benefit Group/CBA Companies, Ricoh USA – Production Printing Division, and Sappi Fine Paper for their sponsorship of the Gala.

Visit for more information and to purchase tickets. Interested Gala sponsorship? Contact Jocelyn Gregory, Program Coordinator at or 508-804-4123.

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