Master Print Group Awarded "The Benny" in International Print Competition

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Susan Ishmael (left) and Jon Wilbanks (right) accepting a "Benny" award from Michael Makin (center) at the International 2011 Premier Print Awards.
Sewickley, PA — [September 2011]Master Print Group of Jonesboro, Arkansas was awarded a Benny, the highest honor in the International 2011 Premier Print Awards, for their entry “Hairdreams Product Catalog”.

The Premier Print Awards, the graphic arts industry’s largest and most prestigious worldwide printing competition recognizes outstanding achievement in print production. Master Print Group received their “Benny” for Product Catalog. 

The Premier Print Awards are the printing industry’s oldest and largest worldwide graphic arts competition, hosted by Printing Industries of America. In its 62nd year, the annual contest recognizes those responsible for the creation and production of superior print communications. The event promotes excellence in print communications and rewards companies and individuals who produce the very best in print media.
Master Print Group Wins Benny

This year, more than 3,200 entries were received from printing and graphic arts firms from around the world, and judges awarded the Benny to the top entry in each category. “Knowing that hundreds of companies throughout the world enter this competition makes winning a Benny very special,” said Jon Wilbanks, president of Master Print Group. “The quality of print today is really quite amazing. To have won such a prestigious award for print quality is exciting for us. The entire team at Master Print Group works on every project as if it were an award-winning piece. To actually win a Benny is just the icing on the cake! It’s an honor to be recognized by the industry as a company that produces award-winning print.”

Comments from the judges about the catalog submitted by Master Print Group included: “Perfect Printing.”  “Perfect Margins.” “Exceptional Flesh Tones.” “Perfectly Matched Crossovers.”  “This is what we strive for, to exceed the customer’s expectations by holding our team to a higher standard that will afford us an opportunity to prove our ability,” according to Wilbanks.

Michael Makin, president and CEO of Printing industries of America, agrees. “The Benny winners represent the best our industry has to offer. This year’s entries were outstanding. There were entries from companies in 13 countries. Despite the fierce competition, Master Print Group, through hard work and dedicated craftsmanship, produced a piece worthy of the Benny.”

Master Print Group received their Benny at The Premier Print Awards Gala, which honored all the companies that had the top award conferred upon them. The 2011 Gala was held Sunday, September 11, 2011 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown, Magnificent Mile, Chicago, IL.

For more information about Master Print Group contact Jon Wilbanks, President or Susan Ishmael, Vice President at 888.881.9921 or by email For more information about the Premier Print Awards, contact Chrystal Senay at 412-259-1736 or

Printing Industries of America hosts the Premier Print Awards. Headquartered in Sewickley, PA, Printing Industries of America is the world's largest graphic arts trade association representing an industry with approximately 1 million employees. It serves the interests of more than 10,000 member companies. Printing Industries of America, along with its affiliates, delivers products and services that enhance the growth, efficiency, and profitability of its members and the industry through advocacy, education, research, and technical information.