World-renowned author, consultant, speaker, and professor Frank Romano will receive Graphics of the Americas’ (GOA) 2013 Man of the Year Award for North America. Established in 1982, the annual GALA Award is one of the printing industry’s most prestigious honours. It is given to professionals who excel in management, technology, business and quality; and those who significantly contribute to the graphic arts industry as well as back to the community.
Members of the Printing Industry of America and CONLATINGRAF associations nominate the award recipients – one representing Latin America, and the other, North America .
Romano will receive the honour in an official ceremony to be held during GOA’s evening GALA taking place in Orlando on 21 February 2013 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort.
George Ryan, GOA President, said, ‘I speak for all of us in North America when I say I am proud that the man known throughout the world as a hero of print technology progress is one of our own. Frank’s positive yet straightforward analysis and opinion on our industry, always delivered with warmth and humour, has been instrumental to hundreds, if not thousands; who have wondered, struggled, and prospered. Frank is a gentleman, a scholar and a friend. I look forward to celebrating this honour with him at the dedication ceremony.’
RIT Professor Emeritus Frank Romano’s career has spanned 54 years in the printing and publishing industries. Many know him as the editor of the International Paper ‘Pocket Pal’ for 30 years, or have read one of the thousands of articles he has written. He is the author of 52 books, including the 10000-term Encyclopedia of Graphic Communications (with Richard Romano), the standard reference in the field.
Romano lectures extensively and was the principal researcher on the landmark EDSF study, ‘Printing in the Age of the Web and Beyond.’ He has been quoted in many newspapers and publications, as well as on TV and radio. He appeared on the History Detectives PBS program and serves as president of the Museum of Printing in North Andover, MA.
Romano’s distinguished career in education has resulted in a generation of students who advance the printing and publishing industry worldwide.
 Latin American GALA Award Recipient – Sr. Gustavo Adolfo Morales Velilla