FSEA Honors John Tinnon with the 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award
TOPEKA, Kan.—The Foil Stamping and Embossing Association (FSEA) announced that the recipient of the 2007 FSEA Lifetime Achievement Award is John Tinnon, Graphic Converting, Inc. A 35-year veteran in the industry, Tinnon is recognized for his significant contributions to the foil stamping and embossing industry; for his dynamic leadership in the development of the FSEA; for his commitment to industry growth through education and unification of industry members; and for his pioneering efforts to promote industry awareness among the graphic arts community at large. Tinnon founded Graphic Converting in 1976 in Chicago, Ill., and successfully grew the company to become one of the largest turnkey print finishers in North America. In 2005, the finishing operations were sold to JohnByrne Company, but the trade and game card divisions (Calif. and Texas) continue in full operation today.
Actively involved with the FSEA since its inception in 1992, Tinnon served on the FSEA Board of Directors for nearly 10 years, two of which were served as chairman. Over the course of those years, many notable projects and events came to light including a national seminar series, various survey results, the inaugural FSEA National Convention held in Chicago, a comprehensive glossary of terminology, the Pantone Foil Selector Guide, A Different Breed: The Designer’s Guide to Foil Stamping and Embossing, a formal membership directory, the inception of the Gold Leaf Awards Competition, and the introduction of InsideFinishing magazine. Today, Tinnon remains on the board of Graphic Converting, Inc. Tinnon will be honored at the Gold Leaf Awards Banquet on May 2, 2007, in conjunction with the IADD/FSEA Odyssey, Milwaukee, Wis.