NORTHVILLE, Mich. – The National Association for Printing Leadership (NAPL) recently announced Carl Gerhardt, president and CEO of Allegra Network LLC, as a 2010 inductee to the Walter E. Soderstrom Honor Society.
Gerhardt will accept the honor at NAPL's annual Soderstrom Society Dinner on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010, at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Chicago, prior to the opening of Graph Expo 2010 the following day.
"It's an honor to be inducted into such a prestigious society with an exceptional class of fellow inductees," said Gerhardt.
Named for the late Walter E. Soderstrom, one of the founders of NAPL, the Soderstrom Society is an honors organization that recognizes the contributions of graphic arts industry leaders, including printing company owners, equipment manufacturers, educators, journalists and consultants. Gerhardt is one of 10 such leaders to be inducted as members of the Society this year.
Gerhardt is an Honorary Lifetime Member and former chairman of the board of NAQP, the National Association of Quick Printers.
Allegra Network LLC is one of world's largest marketing, print and graphic communications franchises linking nearly 550 locations across North America. The company ranks in the top 200 among all franchise companies in the world and is considered a leader in franchise training, technology implementation and system profitability. Allegra Network was founded in 1976 and today supports three primary brands under its print division – Allegra, American Speedy Printing and Insty-Prints, and the Signs Now brand under its sign division. The company is privately owned by an investor group including Michael Marcantonio, former vice president of Domino's Pizza and Thomas S. Monaghan, the founder and former CEO of Domino's Pizza and founder of Ave Maria University.
NAPL is a not-for-profit business management association representing companies in the $80+ billion commercial printing and graphic communications industry in North America. NAPL's comprehensive slate of business-building solutions provides company leaders with the management tools they need to make informed business decisions in an ever-changing market environment.