The Southborough, Massachusetts-based Printing Industries of New England (PINE) announces that Guy Gecht, CEO of Fremont, California-based wide-format printer manufacturer and workflow software developer EFI, will receive the group’s top individual honor, the Industry Influencer Award.
The award will be given at PINE’s 10th annual industry awards ceremony on April 5 in Worcester, Massachusetts.
The Industry Influencer Award, which has been sponsored by Heidelberg USA since 2003, is meant to honor the contributions of an individual whose vision and energy have impacted the printing industry in a profound and indelible way, according to the nonprofit. “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,” the organization says in its announcement.
Gecht joined EFI in 1995 and has been CEO since January of 2000. A graduate of Ben Gurion University in Israel, Gecht served five years as an officer in the Israel Defense Force and, after retiring from the military, worked for Apple Israel, serving as chief technology officer of a joint venture between Apple’s Europe and Israel subsidiaries.
Since he took over the reins of EFI Gecht has helped redefine the ways printing companies pursue new markets and refine their production operations, according to a bio produced by PINE. Under his leadership, EFI has grown to become an extremely successful publicly traded company, although, as PINE notes, “In every presentation he gives, Gecht shares how important it is to help an industry overwhelmingly comprised of small to mid-sized, family-owned businesses.”
Over his career Gecht has picked up numerous awards, including being named a “Legend of Silicon Valley” by the Frost & Sullivan Institute.