The TLMI Awards Competition volunteer judging team brings broad expertise and more than 200 years of industry experience to the table.
Chairman Paul Teachout, Nilpeter, USA
Paul Teachout has been in the packaging industry for more than 30 years. Starting out in offset, he moved to flexo press manufacturing with Webtron/Aquaflex in 1986. Teachout has held numerous key positions including printing management, application specialists, sales support, engineering support, marketing and product development manager. March 2008 through March 2014 he supported Harper Corporation of America as Technical OEM Accounts Manager handling all Wide Web and Narrow Web accounts. Teachout currently holds the position of Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Nilpeter North America. He is also active on numerous industry committees and advisory boards, is an FTA Level 3 First Implementations Specialist, and was honored with the 2014 FTA Presidents Award.
Richard Black, All Printing Resources, Inc.
Richard Black has been involved with the printing and publishing industry for more than 30 years. Richard graduated California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic Communications.
Richard began his career by working for several large lithographic printers in the Southern California area. He held positions of Customer Service, Product Planning, Shift Supervisor, Plant manager and Sales. Prior to joining APR and the Flexo industry, Richard spent the past seventeen years working for major manufacturers such as Fujifilm and GretagMacbeth where he held positions of Technical Advisor, Product Manager, Director of Product Development and Business Development manager.
Richard joined All Printing Resources, Inc. (APR) in August of 2006 as Director Digital Solutions where he focuses on customer support and product development in the areas of color management, digital proofing, workflow & CTP solutions for Flexo.
Richard’s involvement with industry associations includes FIRST 4.0 Committee member, speaking at both the annual FTA Forum and Fall conferences, co-chairing the 2010 FTA Fall conference, and speaking and session co-chair at the TMLI Technical Conference.
Mike Buystedt, Flint Group
After attending Dunwoody Institute, Mike Buystedt accepted a position at Louis O. Werneke Company in Minneapolis, MN as a technical formulator. During his 34-year career in the printing ink industry at the same company, Mike has held positions as Formulator, Technical Management, Operations Management, Product Management, Technical Director, General Manager and is currently holds the position as Director of Sales for the Midwest Region for Flint Group Packaging and Narrow Web.
Mike has been involved in many trade associations: FTA, TLMI, EMA, PIM, FPA, and GAA. He is a past board member of the TLMI, and is currently the US Rep to the World Label Association. Mike has also spoken and or chaired sessions at several FTA Forums and TLMI Technical Conferences and other industry related events.
J. Page Crouch
A native of San Diego, CA, J. Page Crouch completed his doctorate at the University of Missouri in 1968 and moved to SC where he started the Graphic Communications program at Clemson University. This included all the printing processes and complete facilities in flexography. Among his students were many who entered the tag and label industry and some who benefited from TLMI scholarships. After 30 years Page retired from Clemson to continue in a wide variety of training and consulting activities, all associated with the printing industries. He has been a regular presenter on technical programs spanning the printing and converting world. The Clemson/TLMI relationship has resulted in many benefits to converters far and wide.
Jim Flynn, Gallus, Inc.
Jim Flynn has been involved in the printing industry for over 40 years. Jim began his career as an apprentice finisher with Beck Engraving Company. From there he moved on to Avery Dennison/Soabar Division where he spent 18 years as a press operator. Jim joined Gallus Inc. in 1995 and currently holds the position of Senior Print Technician. In this position Jim is responsible for on and off sight training, demonstration of equipment, troubleshooting, trade show exhibitions, etc. Through the years, Jim has also been involved in judging for the TLMI and Package Printing awards.
Jim Harris, ACTEGA WIT Inc.
Jim Harris began his career as a Manufacturing Engineer in the label and converting industry 27 years ago followed by a role as a Manufacturing Manager. Jim’s sales career began 21 years ago, first as a Technical Sales Representative for Water Ink Technologies in New England, then as their Northeast Regional Sales Manager, Water Ink Technologies was acquired by Altana in 2010 and became ACTEGA WIT Inc. where Jim assumed the responsibility of Eastern Regional Sales Manager.
Robbie King, Harper Corporation of America
Robbie King has been with Harper for 17 years and is currently the National Sales Manager for the Narrow Web division. During his tenure at Harper he held positions as Graphics Specialist and Southeast Technical Account Manager. He has worked within the flexographic industry for more than 34 years. Robbie began his career as a pressman at International Paper’s liquid packaging division. Before joining Harper he was the Production Manager at Wisconsin Label in Peachtree City, Ga where he was also a lead pressman, and production supervisor. He also recently completed FTA First Level 1 Certification. Robbie utilizes his hands on experience to assist customers with process improvement projects and offer solutions to their printing concerns.
Ray Mackura, Avery Dennison
Ray Mackura has been with Avery Dennison for 29 years. His many roles have included Customer Service Manager, Quality Manager, Application Engineer, Technical Manager and Technical Specialist. Ray is Avery Dennison North America’s printing go- to person having served as print judge for FTA, chaired multiple TLMI Technical Conference sessions, and conducted both internal and external training. He has written various articles regarding substrate use and application, and is often consulted about these areas across the industry.
J. Michael Rivera, K Laser Technology (USA)
J. Michael Rivera is the industry’s cold foil expert and author of Cold Foil for Dummies, the first cold foil process handbook. He is currently the Vice President of the Cold Foil Business Unit for K Laser USA, a publicly traded company and a global manufacturer of cold fold and holographic films. He has more than 15 years of experience in the flexography and converting industry and has been listed in Who’s Who in Flexography by the Flexographic Technical Association. He has written and contributed to many articles in trade magazines such as FLEXO, Inside Finishing, RadTech Report, and Conversion (a publication about the Latin American converting industry) pertaining to the cold foil printing process,. In addition, he has participated as a guest speaker for industry associations such as the Flexographic Technical Association (FTA), the Institute of Packaging Professionals, Taiwan Flexo, Label Summit Latin America and the Foil Stamping and Embossing Association (FSEA).
Steve Schulte, Mark Andy Inc.
Steve Schulte is responsible for the global sales and marketing efforts of Mark Andy Inc. As an active contributor to many industry associations including Tag and Label Manufacturers Institute (TLMI), Flexographic Technical Association (FTA), and the Flexible Packaging Association (FPA), Schulte keeps well informed on the latest trends and technologies in printing and converting. His more than 18 years of professional and managerial experience in the packaging and printing industry, including a background in digital production printing, give him a unique perspective and insight into the benefits and challenges of both flexo and digital print technologies. Mr. Schulte has a degree in Marketing from Missouri State University and an MBA from William Woods University.
Kent Wolford, Domino Amjet
Kent Wolford has been in the Label and Packaging market since the early 90’s starting with, Webtron then owned by Didde Web Press, as Director of Marketing. Kent’s initial role at Webton was to help formalize the acquisition of Aquaflex in to the US market place then oversee all marketing aspects of the entire Webtron/Aquaflex solution portfolio. Related to this experience Kent joined HP Indigo focused on the digital Label and Packaging and Commercial applications. During his tenor at HP Kent was involved in one of the first shrink sleeve applications done on a HP Indigo Label press. To further enhance his digital experience joined EFI Jetrion managing the Western and SW Regions focused on the Label and packaging UV Inkjet opportunities. Today Kent is with Domino Amjet as Business Development Manager supporting the companies initiatives for building their digital print business applications business through their UV Inkjet line of solutions.
Robert Wray, Gallus, Inc.
Robert Wray has worked within the packaging sector for over 30 years. Initially entering the journey as a pressman with an apprenticeship in the United Kingdom. Holding various managerial positions within both the narrow and wide wide manufacturing he then joined Gallus in 2000. Prior to and during this time Robert studied for his MBA before joing Headquarters at Gallus in St. Gallen, Switzerland. There, working in product management of the majority of the portfolio, he was responsible for the launch phase of the new Gallus ECS 340. Following the initial launch of that press in Europe, Robert was drafted to the USA to cover the launch in the US. Robert is now acting as sales manager for the US Midwest. He is married to Susan and they live in Cincinnati with their two boys.
Steve Lee (RotoMetrics), long-time chair of the TLMI Awards Competition, has retired. He was honored at the 2013 Annual Meeting and presented with a framed poster illustrating the many Best of Show winners during his tenure.