Steve Johnson, president and CEO of Copresco, has been named a 2018 C-Suite of the Year Awards honoree by the Daily Herald Business Ledger.
The awards program recognizes chief executives who demonstrate outstanding corporate and community service leadership and significantly contribute to the region's economic growth and stability.
An executive with 40 years of experience in the graphic arts industry, Johnson has extensive skills in business management, marketing and sales—and is an award-winning writer. In l987, he founded Copresco, a pioneer in digital printing technology that specializes in the overnight printing of books and publications. The company celebrated its 30th anniversary last year.
Copresco was one of the very first companies to use digital imaging technology for book manufacturing. The company's digital presses produce millions of pages for a diverse range of clients. Projects include books, publications, catalogs, manuals, textbooks, directories, calendars, cookbooks, planograms, workbooks, booklets, yearbooks and reference guides.
Johnson 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. Over 50,000 readers enjoy his popular monthly column "Johnson's World" in Printing Impressions magazine (and previously in American Printer and Printing News magazines) for which he has won several APEX Awards for Publications Excellence (APEX) and Society for Technical Communication (STC) awards.
In addition to monthly magazine columns, Johnson has been published in the journals Graphic Arts Technical Foundation World, Printing Industries of America Technology Forecast, Inland Press Association Inlander and Print+Promo magazine.
He serves on the College of DuPage Business/Management/Marketing Advisory Committee. He previously served on the college's Graphic Arts Technology Committee as well as on the Technology Center of DuPage Graphic Communications Advisory Committee and the Illinois State Board of Education Graphic Communication Task Force.
Johnson was a founding member of the Digital Printing Council of the Printing Industries of America. He has also served on PIA's Sales & Marketing Executives council. He served on the board of directors of the Printing Industry of Illinois/Indiana Association and has been a member of the finance committee.
He has presented on the state of the industry for organizations including Chicago Book Clinic, Nat'l Printing Equipment Association, Graphic Arts Show Company, Illinois Institute of Technology, Printer's Guild, Technology Center of DuPage, Society for Technical Communication, and Printing Industries of America. He has been a featured speaker at such renowned events as Graph Expo, Variables Conference and Offset & Beyond. He serves as a judge in the Inland Press Association's Annual Print Quality Competition.
Johnson was recently installed as president of the Wheaton Rotary Club for the 2018-2019 Rotary year. A Wheaton Rotarian since 1991, he 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.
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