Individuals who aid FTA in its myriad endeavors—as a judge in the Excellence in Flexography Awards, as a speaker at Forum or Fall Conference, as a contributor to FLEXO Magazine, as a member of an FTA committee, to name a few—do so not for recognition, but to further the Association’s goal of driving the flexographic printing industry. But there are some who go so above and beyond, who give so much of their time and energy, that calling attention to their efforts is well deserved. Those individuals are who comprise the FTA Hall of Fame.
The FTA Hall of Fame is the group of men and women who have most affected the Association. Its roster reads like a comprehensive list of individuals regularly seen not only in connection with FTA but also making waves within the flexographic industry.
Those inducted are nominated by and voted in by the pool of existing Hall of Fame members—the most qualified group to do so. The one or more individuals who have been selected to join the group are announced at Forum’s Awards Banquet and serves as the culmination of a slew of honorings, including the aforementioned Excellence in Flexography Awards, Technical Innovation Award, Sustainability Excellence Award and others.
The 2017 FTA Hall of Fame Inductee
Steve Smiley, a standards bearer who has fought for decades to drive their adoption in the pursuit of repeatability and consistency, was the 2017 inductee into the FTA Hall of Fame. “It takes a special person to champion a subject most find arcane and boring,” said fellow FTA Hall of Fame Member Mark Mazur, discussing the group’s newest member. “Compound that with an environment where you receive almost no positive feedback and you have to label that person a rebel.”
Recent FTA Hall of Fame Inductees
View the Entire FTA Hall of Fame
There are 55 members in the FTA Hall of Fame. View the full roster stretching all the way back to its inaugural member, Douglas E. Tuttle, who was inducted in 1962.