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Book Manufacturers’ Institute Presents Rising Star Award to IPG's Clark Matthews

Tuesday, April 30, 2019   (0 Comments)
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(Ormond Beach, FL - April 30, 2019) -- The Book Manufacturers’ Institute (BMI), has announced that Clark Matthews of Independent Publishers Group (IPG) is the recipient of the first-ever Rising Star Award.

BMI Awards Committee Chair Joe Upton of Above the Treeline (left) with Independent Publishers Group's Clark Matthews (right) at the 2019 BMI Management Conference.

The honor was established to recognize book industry professionals who may not be long-standing industry veterans, but are making a positive impact on their companies, in their communities, and in the industry.

Clark Matthews was selected by the BMI Awards Committee from a pool of nominees which included:

  • Andrew Conway, LSC Communications
  • Philip Garner, R&R Bindery Service, Inc.
  • Mark LaCaria, Copywell
  • Matthew Leach, LSC Communications
  • Kirby Mathias, Bookmasters

The inaugural Rising Star Award was presented at the 2019 BMI Management Conference on April 29, 2019, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

In support of Clark Matthews’ nomination, an IPG colleague said, “He has helped small and independent publishers for years, creating software and systems that help ease the distribution process for our clients, allowing them to focus on publishing quality content…. He ensures that his team, the ones that will help sustain and carry on the process, is always included and well informed of the ever-changing climate in printing.”

Joe Upton of Above the Treeline and BMI Awards Committee Chair said, “Clark proved to be a quick study of the book manufacturing process and within a few months made IPG a viable source for quality book printing.”

Nominees were evaluated for their sustained excellent job performance; contributions to their company, community, and/or industry; continued training/education/learning within the industry; and demonstration of exemplary customer service, community service, and/or industry service.

About the Book Manufacturers’ Institute

The Book Manufacturers’ Institute is a not-for profit trade organization that supports book manufacturing leaders in their work to drive the promotion, efficiency, and growth of book markets for readers and educators in North America.

Since 1933, BMI has provided tremendous value to its member companies and others associated with the book manufacturing industry. BMI member companies range from full-service book manufacturers to those specializing in the digital print market, specialty binderies, component printers, packagers, equipment manufacturers, and suppliers of a variety of materials and services.

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