In recognition of demonstrated dedication and support to the association and positive contributions throughout the previous calendar year and beyond.
May 3, 2022
Kearney, MO – The In-Plant Printing and Mailing Association (IPMA) is thrilled to announce the IPMA Board of Directors has selected John Sarantakos to receive an IPMA Outstanding Contributor Award. He will be honored at IPMA’s 2022 Educational Conference and Vendor Fair June 12-16, 2022 in Buffalo, NY.
“John Sarantakos is one of the giants within in-plant operations and we are fortunate to have such an individual. His knowledge and leadership has benefitted us all and will for many years to come. The Board is proud to honor John for all his contributions to the organization,” said Kelly Hogg, IPMA International President.
“Recognition from one’s peers is the highest honor any professional can receive. I have been a member of IPMA since the late 80’s and was given the opportunity to lead this group many years later. I consider my time on the Board to be one of my major career successes.’ IPMA is without a doubt, the premier organization of our industry and being named its Outstanding Contributor is a great honor,” said John Sarantakos, Director of Print and Mail Services at the University of Oklahoma.
About John Sarantakos
John Sarantakos is the Director of Print and Mail Services at the University of Oklahoma. His operation is one of the largest university in-plant printers and mailers in the country with over sixty full time staff members and a budget of more than $16 million in annual sales. The staff at Printing and Mailing has earned over 260 awards for printing quality and innovative ideas. John has been with the university for 25 years and prior to that served as Director of Production at Indiana University. Before entering the in-plant management field, John was an Assistant Professor of Graphics at Central Missouri State University and taught and coached at Pontiac Township High School and Livingston Area Vocational Center in Illinois. He has over 50 years of experience in the printing field as a manager, educator, and craftsperson.
John received a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Industrial Education from Western Illinois University and a Master of Sciences degree in Graphic Arts Management from Central Missouri State University.
John is a Past President of the In-Plant Printing and Mailing Association, and he served on the Board of Directors for many years. The Franklin Stamp and Ink Society was his brainchild in 2012 after he earned his CGCM. He wanted to devise a method to elevate the CGCM/CMM members and provide leadership and mentorship opportunities to the that group.
He has written frequently and been featured in In-Plant Impressions/Graphics magazine, he writes a blog titled “The ravings of a mad printer” and speaks regularly on industry related topics.
About the Outstanding Contributor Award
The Outstanding Contributor Award was created to recognize an IPMA member or supporter in good standing for at least six months who has demonstrated dedication and support to the association and made positive contributions throughout the previous calendar year and beyond.
Founded in 1964, the In-Plant Printing and Mailing Association (IPMA) is the only professional association dedicated exclusively to meet the needs of all segments’ in-house printers and mailers. The nearly-700 members of IPMA are managers and directors from in-plant printing and mailing facilities throughout the United States. IPMA is headquartered in Kearney, MO. For more information, visit www.ipma.org and follow IPMA on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn and Instagram.