The Association for PRINT Technologies (APTech) regrets to announce the passing of longtime APTech member and board member Ronald Joseph Rose, who died Tuesday, March 2, 2021, at Baptist South Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida. He was 75 years old. Rose was a co-founder and president of Nova Pressroom Products in Jacksonville and was a “dynamic presence in the printing and graphic arts industry for more than 40 years,” according to APTech.
Throughout a long career with Fujifilm, Rose served in several sales and business management positions, including VP of new business development at Fuji Hunt Chemical. In 1998, he relocated to Jacksonville to become VP of sales and marketing for Anchor Fuji Hunt, a pressroom chemicals supplier. In his various positions over the years, Rose achieved expertise directing channel operations in Asia Pacific, Europe, and North America.
Rose’s top career achievement was co-founding Nova Pressroom Products in 2007 with longtime business partners. With the loss of Rose, his son Gregory will continue to help lead Nova Pressroom.
In addition to his leadership role as president of Nova Pressroom Products, Rose was an advocate for and a member of APTech, also serving as chair of the government affairs committee, where he testified before Congress on behalf of the print industry.
APTech president Thayer Long remembers, “Ron was a huge personality who would light up a room and a board meeting with his great sense of humor, which was often needed!” He was also a longtime exhibitor at the association’s trade shows GRAPH EXPO and PRINT.
He dedicated his time to the association in many capacities, including committees and other activities. His board involvement included:
- NPES board member involvement from 2009–2018
- NPES executive committee involvement from 2011–2018
- NPES nominating committee involvement from 2015–2018
APTech remembers Rose as an advocate, a mentor, an accomplished business leader, and a friend to many in the printing and graphic arts industry.