The PPN Distinguished Service Award Goes to One of Our Reps!

Mike JohnsonWe are happy to announce that Mike Johnson, one of our sales representatives , has been awarded the prestigious 2013 Publishing Professionals Network Distinguished Service Award at the PPN Scholarship Event held at Pearson Learning in San Francisco on June 5th. The award has been presented each year since 1983 to the person who has exemplified the highest standards of the book building profession and for distinguished personal commitment and service to the West Coast publishing community and to Publishing Professionals Network. The annual selection is made by a committee of former DSA recipients and PPN officers. Mike has been very active with the organization (formerly Bookbuilders West) since 2007 as a board member, Crash Course chair, and has served on the Book Show and Green committees.

The Distinguished Service Award signifies Mike’s involvement in the industry and dedication to the advancement of book publishing in the Bay Area.  “We’re thrilled for Mike and pleased that his peers recognize the passion, commitment and integrity that Mike brings to both his job and our industry, day in and day out,” said Joe Upton, VP of Sales and Marketing at Edwards Brothers Malloy.  When asked how he felt about being selected to receive the award, Mike says “I’m honored, flattered and humbled.  It’s a great honor.”

Mike Johnson

Mike Johnson receiving the Publishing Professionals Network Distinguished Service Award from the previous recipient Andrea Helmbolt at Wednesdays presentation at the PPN Scholarship Event at Pearson Learning in San Francisco.

We are extremely proud of Mike for his dedication to the book industry.  Congrats Mike!

BookBuilders West  (BBW) was started in 1969.  In 2012, the name was changed to the Publishing Professionals Network (PPN).  They are a non-profit association dedicated to providing educational resources for individuals involved in book and book-related publishing.

The PPN Scholarship Event is attended by book industry professionals representing all facets of the business: editors, production people, vendors, printers, and typesetters among others.  In addition to The Distinguished Service Award, the event also highlights scholarships that are awarded to students in the graphic arts industry who have submitted projects.  Submissions are chosen by a panel of local experts and given money toward furthering their education in book related fields.


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