The Idealliance and Printing Industries Alliance Foundation has reported that industry veteran Benny Landa, a visionary inventor, entrepreneur, philanthropist, is the recipient of the 2018 Franklin Award for Distinguished Service.
Dubbed the ‘Father of Commercial Digital Printing’ and pioneer of digital printing at Indigo, Landa continued his visionary pathway as founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of the Landa Group, pioneering futuristic nanotechnology applications in the fields of imaging, energy and health.
His vision for the future also includes investment in promising Israeli technologies and philanthropic activities that enable underprivileged youth to gain access to higher education. Landa has a portfolio of over 800 patents worldwide and is the printing industry’s and Israel’s most prolific inventor. Recipient of numerous honours and awards, including the imaging industry’s prestigious Edwin H. Land medal, he has also received numerous lifetime achievement awards and honorary doctorates.
‘We are delighted to salute Mr. Landa with this prestigious honour and acknowledge his achievements in front of more than 300 prominent CEOs and senior executives from the printing, publishing, digital, advertising, and graphic communications community,’ said Franklin Luminaire Committee co-chair Steve Drew, and sales executive-Magazine Group at LSC Communications. ‘The exciting evening carries on a long-standing tradition of offering close networking opportunities with new and potential clients, building professional relationships, and most importantly, developing our industry.’
Franklin Luminaire Committee co-chair Meghan Milkowski, vice president of business operations-Print Group at Dow Jones agreed. ‘Our committee members are working diligently to make the programme a spectacular gala which no one will want to miss. This is now the most prestigious awards programme in what is arguably the most important visual communications market in the world,’ said Milkowski.
In past years, the Franklin Award for Distinguished Service has been presented to nationally known luminaries that include several United States presidents, New York State governors George Pataki and Mario Cuomo, New Jersey governor Christine Todd Whitman, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, as well as notables such as Martha Stewart, Norman Rockwell, Armen Keteyian, and Walter Cronkite.
Event platinum sponsors to date include Allied Printing Services, Inc., Canon Solutions America, LSC Communications, and Quantum Group. Xerox Corporation is a Gold sponsor.