2014 Soderstrom Award Winner Nigel Worme and Board Chairman Tom Duchene.
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The 2015 Awards dinner will be held on September 12, 2015 in Chicago, IL.
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The Soderstrom Society is AMSP/NAPL/NAQPâs honors recognitionÂ organization for graphic arts industry leaders. It is named after WalterÂ E. Soderstrom, one of the Associationâs founders and its first paid staffÂ executive. The Societyâs origins go back to spontaneous fellowship gatheringsÂ of NAPL leaders that typically followed conventions and AssociationÂ meetings. This group of loyal Association supporters came to be known asÂ âThe Old Timers.â On September 15, 1970, the organization was formalizedÂ and named The Walter E. Soderstrom Society in recognition of SoderstromâsÂ contributions to the Association and the industry.
In its early days, membership in the Soderstrom Society was limited to NAPLÂ members, and election to the Associationâs Board of Directors was almost a prerequisite to election in the Society. In October 1978, the Societyâs constitution was amended, eliminatingÂ automatic memberships, establishing membership criteria, and emphasizing a new Society mandate: to recognizeÂ and honor individuals in the printing industry who have significantly contributed to the development andÂ progress of the graphic arts, either through NAPL or through other industry activities and programs. With each passing year, The Walter E. Soderstrom Society has become a more broad-based honors society for leaders from allÂ segments of the world of graphic communications.
Walter E. Soderstrom
Walter E. Soderstrom was born in 1895 in Watervliet, N.Y., saw combat service in World War I, and later studiedÂ at the Packard Commercial School, the Harlem Evening High School, and Pace College. During the followingÂ years he began making his way in the lithographic industry and dreamed a dream. That dream materialized as heÂ guided an association that started as a local enterprise with 23 members and grew to one of national scope, withÂ more than 1,300 members at his retirement in 1966.
An early disciple of the benefits of cost accounting and cost finding, Walter Soderstrom was employed in thatÂ capacity by the New York Photo-Lithographers Association in the NRA days of 1933. Shortly thereafter, theÂ local group merged with the National Association of Photo-Lithographers, and Walter was appointed executiveÂ secretary. As NAPL grew to embrace all graphic arts processes, it was renamed the National Association of PrintersÂ and Lithographers, and in 1999 became the National Association for Printing Leadership. In 2014, it merged withÂ the Association of Marketing Service Providers (AMSP).
Walter Soderstrom was a gifted administrator and organizer. He established and taught courses in estimating andÂ selling, published technical and information bulletins, and wrote and lectured on pertinent topics, studiouslyÂ acquiring helpful information and willingly sharing it with all. One of Walter Soderstromâs greatest contributionsÂ was the research, editing, and compiling that resulted in the eminently authoritative Lithographerâs Manual, firstÂ published in 1937.
A permanent tribute epitomizing his achievements in the lithographic industry was formally established in 1961Â as the Walter E. Soderstrom Award, which is given to outstanding individuals in recognition of exceptionalÂ contributions to the graphic communications industry. Seldom does a man come down lifeâs road who makes aÂ notable contribution not only to his chosen field, but to mankind itself. The Soderstrom Society was named toÂ honor such a manâWalter E. Soderstrom.
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