Idealliance Announces 2018 Luminaire Awards Winners

The annual Franklin Luminaire Awards celebrate the best of the best in terms of contributions to the graphics communications industry.

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The Alexandria, Virginia-based International Digital Enterprise Alliance, better known as Idealliance, and the Printing Industries Alliance, a trade association representing graphics communications firms in New York state, northern New Jersey and northwest Pennsylvania, announce their 2018 Luminaire Award winners.

Chris Harrold of Mohawk Fine Papers; Dr. Samir Husni-“Mr. Magazine”-of the University of Mississippi; Rebecca Pappas of BizBash Media; and John Sommers Jr.; will receive their honors at the annual Franklin Luminaire Awards event in New York City on Oct. 17.

The awards recognize exceptional professionals for their positive contribution and service within the media and graphic communications industry, the two organizations say.

Harrold is vice president and creative director at Mohawk Fine Papers in Cohoes, New York. His responsibilities include brand management, strategic market development and creative direction for the company’s product and marketing campaigns. He has been with the company since 1990. He is a author and speaks extensively on the role printing and paper play in design.

“Mr. Magazine,” Husni’s trademarked nickname, is a Ph.D. and founder and director of the Magazine Innovation Center at The University of Mississippi. He is also professor and Hederman Lecturer at the university’s School of Journalism and New Media. As Mr. Magazine, he engages in media consulting and research for the magazine media and publishing industry in the United States and across the globe. His latest book, “Print Proud Digital Smart: The Book of Quotes,” was published in March of this year.

Pappas is vice president of production, customer service and audience development at BizBash Media in New York, a B2B company focused on industry trade shows and events.

Sommers, Jr. is president and CEO of Allied Printing Services of Manchester, Connecticut. According to Idealliance, Sommers grew up in and around his family’s printing business-which was founded by his father in 1949-learning the industry “from the ground up.” He was named president of Allied in 2011 and took over as CEO when his father died in 2013. The company has grown significantly and invested in much new equipment and technology since that time, Idealliance says.

“The annual Franklin Luminaire Awards event provides an opportunity for professionals from every sector of our industry to come together and recognize the contributions of incredibly talented and dedicated individuals who have proven their commitment to excellence,” says Meghan Milkowski, co-chair of the Franklin Luminaire Committee and vice president of operations-print group at Dow Jones.

The Franklin Luminaire Awards event will be Oct. 17 at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers in New York City. Event sponsorships are available and are offered at early bird rates through July 31. For more information about sponsorships or tickets, please contact Kim Tuzzo of PIA at (800) 777-4742 or

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Tony Kindelspire

Tony Kindelspire is the former digital content editor of Sign & Digital Graphics & WRAPS magazines.

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