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It's Time to Discover the Magic at the Graphic Excellence Awards Gala on April 16th


The judging is over so now it's time to find out which magical pieces amazed the judges.


On Wednesday, April 16th in the ballroom at the Doubletree Greenway Plaza, we will entrance you with all the stunning entries, senior students from the UH Digital Media Program, and a magician who has a few tricks up his sleeves.


Enjoy the seated dinner with the awards presentation to follow. There may even be a few lucky winners in the crowd.


Join us for this truly enchanting evening. Tickets are $65 per person; tables of eight for $520 or $650 for tables of ten. Reservations are required. Please call 713-522-2046 or 800-448-5930 for more information or to make a reservation.


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Don't let this opportunity disappear!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 04:36
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Jeff Birmingham Elected PI-Gulf Coast

Board of Directors President for 2014



It's official - Jeff Birmingham has been elected President of the PI-Gulf Coast Board of Directors for 2014.

Jeff has been a part of the industry since graduating from Texas A&M in 1985. In 2001, he and his wife purchased Piker Printing and merged it with Houston Paper Forms which became Alliance Graphics and Printing. He started his involvement on the Board of Directors in 2010. The following year he was elected to the Executive Committee as Vice-President. He now takes the reigns as President for 2014.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 December 2013 19:49
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Job Board Push Pin

The following positions are open for qualified candidates. Contact information is included in the job summaries.

Desktop Publisher/Designer: The Woodlands area. The candidiate needs to be able to build print ads from beginning to final PDF release. Will work directly with Print Production Manager to create, build and proof print ads.

     Desired Skills and Experience:

  • 2-4 years of Mac Page Production
  • Retail experience preferred
  • Proficient in In-Design (including shortcuts), Illustrator, Photoshop, Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Bi-Lingual a positive.
  • Creative a positive
  • Detail oriented and able to multi-task, with excellent time-management skills
  • Ability to work well with outside vendors/staff and maintain professionalism with clients
  • Layout Design/Page Productuion for weekly Division Ads
  • Must be self-motivated, able to work well under pressure and within specified deadlines

Candidates should contact Trudy Campagna at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Part-Time Letterpress Operator: NW Houston area company. Need knowledge of Kluge and Miehle vertical letterpresses. Please contact Fred Bubeck at 713.462.0600.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 December 2013 15:59
Best of Show Winners 2013 PDF Print E-mail
<strong>Best Inplant</strong>: Sally Rowland, University of Houston Printing and Postal Service and award sponsor Doug Phenix, Texas Printers Insurance Agency.
Best Inplant: Sally Rowland, University of Houston Printing and Postal Service and award sponsor Doug Phenix, Texas Printers Insurance Agency.
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<strong>Best Inplant</strong>: Sally Rowland, University of Houston Printing and Postal Service and award sponsor Doug Phenix, Texas Printers Insurance Agency.
<strong>Best of Show</strong>:David Rayburn, EarthColor Houston (l), Kim Calzada, Prestige Embossing and Chuck Talbot, Planning Solutions. Award sponsor –Planning Solutions
<strong>Best of Show – 1<sup>st</sup> Runner-up</strong>: Ken Drew with Clampitt Paper and Cindy Davis, CME Printing
<strong>Best of Show 3<sup>rd</sup> Runner-up:</strong> Debbie Briggs (left) and Rachael Shepherd with ImageSet<strong> </strong>and Gregg Parnell, PIGC president
<strong>Best of Show – Honorable Mention</strong> Gregg Parnell and Kim Calzada with Prestige Embossing
<strong>Best of Show 2<sup>nd</sup> Runner-up:</strong> David Shepherd, Southwest Precision Printers, and award sponsor Glen McClaugherty, Heidelberg.
<strong>Best Student Entry:</strong>Gregg Parnell presenting the Best Student Entry award to Katelyn Clasen with University of Houston, Digital Media Program.
<strong>Best Student Entry – Institution</strong> Gregg Parnell, PIGC (left), Dr, Jerry Waite, University of Houston, and award sponsor Norm Pegram with Premier IMS
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EarthColor and Prestige Embossing

Share Best of Show Honors


What a road trip! One piece, two outstanding companies. In an unprecedented move this year, the judges awarded Best of Show honors to two companies - one for the printing and one for the finishing.

EarthColor and Prestige Embosing shared the winners stage when the Graphic Excellence Awards Gala was held Last week at the Doubletree. Over 200 guests filled the ballroom as the winners were announced.


Before the presentation, guests had the chance to see all the spectacular pieces entered in this year's competition. From offset to digital to screen, it was all there to see.


Guests also had the chance to see and visit with eighteen seniors in the Digital Media Program at UH under Dr. Waite. In addition, the Peoples' Choice Award voting was going on as well as buying raffle tickets for a chance to win one of five awesome prizes. Since we were on a road trip, the tables had bumper stickers promoting the industry that guests could take home and display with pride (Choose Print, What Would Gutenberg Do?, My Other Ride is an Offset, Got Ink?, and If You Can Read This, Thank a Printer).

Top Show Winners
The following are the Best of Show Winners:
  • Best of Show - EarthColor and Prestige Embossing
  • 1st Runner-Up - CME Printing
  • 2nd Runner-Up - Southwest Precision Printers
  • 3rd Runner-Up - ImageSet
  • Honorable Mention - Prestige Embossing

Special Awards Winners:

  • Judges' Choice - Bart Nay Printing
  • Best Use of Paper - 1to1 Printers
  • Best Use of Ink - EarthColor
  • Best Inplant Entry - University of Houston Printing & Postal Services
  • Best Inplant Runner-Up - HISD Printing Services
  • Best of Bryan/College Station - Newman Printing Company
  • Best Student Entry - UH Digital Media Program
  • Students - Katelyn Clasen, Jessica Gann, Tanya Rehmtullah

Division I Awards:

  • Best of Division - Bart Nay Printing
  • Gold Award - Minuteman Press - Post Oak
  • Silver Award - Minuteman Press Northwest
  • Bronze Award - Minuteman Press - Post Oak

Division II Awards:

  • Best of Division - CME Printing
  • Gold Award - Texas Litho
  • Silver Award - Alliance Graphics/Printing
  • Bronze Award - Alliance Graphics/Printing

Division III:

  • Best of Division - EarthColor
  • Gold Award - Southwest Precision Printers
  • Silver Award - Southwest Precision Printers
  • Bronze Award - Southwest Precision Printers

Digital Division:

  • Best of Division - ImageSet
  • Gold Award - Southeast Media
  • Silver Award - CME Printing
  • Bronze Award - Minuteman Press - Post Oak

Finishing Division:

  • Best of Division - Prestige Embossing
  • Gold Award - Prestige Embossing
  • Silver Award - Prestige Embossing
  • Bronze Award - Southwest Precision Printers

See pictures from the Gala on the PIGC Facebook Page. Click on the Facebook icon below.



Click Here to Download the power point presentation. (45 mb)


Congratulations to all the winners!


Start Saving Those Entries for 2014: "Printing - Discover the Magic" It's never too early to start saving your entries. In fact, it will be much easier if you do start putting the samples aside. If you need one of our famous GEA Entry Drop Boxes, let us know.

Show Your Pride in the Industry Get Your Bumper Stickers As part of the show, bumper stickers promoting the industry were available. You can show your pride in the industry by displaying the stickers. We have (5) different stickers - "Choose Print", "My Other Ride is an Offset", "Got Ink?", "If You Can Read This, Thank a Printer", and "What Would Gutenberg Do?"

Give us a call at 713-522-2046 or 800-448-5930 to request the stickers. They are FREE! They were produced for the Gala courtesy of Alliance Graphics/Printing.

Want to be a Part of GEA 2014? We are looking for (4) enthusiastic, ready-to-roll-up-their-sleeves go-getters to particiipate on the GEA Commitee for the 2014 program and event. If you are interested, please give us a call. We will be getting the committee together in the next couple of weeks to start planning 2014.

Start Promoting Your Award-Winning Entries What are you waiting for? You and your staff worked hard on those piecesyou entered. Let them work for you now. Start promoting the recognition. There was a sheet with marketing ideas for your awards in the certificate order packet. And don't forget the Premier Print Awards competition. Many of the pieces may be entered at no charge. Give us a call for details.





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