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Steve Johnson to Lead Rotary Group Study Exchange to Japan

Steve Johnson, president of Copresco, will lead a team of four young business and professional men and women on a Rotary Group Study Exchange in Japan next month.
The group will spend four weeks in Japan studying the country’s institutions and ways of life, observing their own vocations as practiced abroad and developing personal and professional relationships.

An executive with over 28 years of experience in the graphic arts field, Johnson has extensive skills in business management, marketing and sales—and is an award-winning writer. He co-founded Copresco, a pioneer in digital printing technology and printing on-demand, in 1987.

He is a founding member of the Digital Printing Council of the Printing Industries of America and serves as a director of the Printing Industry of Illinois/Indiana Association.  He has been active as an author, consultant and speaker on a variety of business and technological topics for the graphic arts and technical communications industries and writes a monthly column for American Printer magazine. He has won numerous awards for publications excellence, marketing communications, newsletter editing and website creation and development.

Johnson serves on the College of DuPage graphic arts technology advisory committee. The group serves as a liaison between the college and the business community on curriculum development, employment opportunities and technological advancements in the graphic arts industry.

A member of the Wheaton Rotary club since 1991, Johnson has served on the board of directors and has been active in international service, vocational, youth exchange and youth leadership training programs, and literacy projects. He was honored as the club’s Rotarian of the Year in 1999. He is Sustaining Paul Harris Fellow. The designation reflects a continuing financial commitment to the Rotary Foundation, a trust that funds educational, health care and humanitarian projects throughout the world.

Johnson served as the Wheaton club’s youth exchange officer for seven years and has hosted two Japanese high school exchange students for one-year periods. He has traveled extensively in Tokyo, Hiroshima, Kyoto and other major Japanese cities. In 1994, he officiated at the wedding of a former youth exchange student in Yamanashi.

“I have always been enthusiastic about Japanese culture, customs and history. This Group Study Exchange program is an exceptional once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to share a unique cultural and vocational experience with these young men and women and help them develop the skills necessary to meet the needs of their communities in an increasingly global workplace.”

Group Study Exchange is an international professional development program of the Rotary Foundation.

Copresco specializes in digital on-demand printing of publications, books and manuals for clients in the general business, printing trade, technical and institutional fields.


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