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

Susan, Eddie, Jon

Jon Wilbanks (left), Susan Ishmael (center), and Eddie Wilbanks(right) accepting a "Benny" award at the International 2013 Premier Print Awards.
Sewickley, PA — [September 2013]Master Print Group of Jonesboro, Arkansas was awarded a Benny, the highest honor in the International 2013 Premier Print Awards, for their entry “Camfil Farr Gold Series 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 the “Benny” in the Product Catalog division. 

“Some people work a lifetime with the one goal of earning this ultimate award, which is known in the industry as an ‘Oscar’. We are now accepting our second. We are very proud of our team and appreciate the trust and latitude our customers give us which allow us to produce work of this caliber,” spoke Susan Ishmael, Vice President of Master Print Group.  “This piece had difficult folds, multiple crossovers, various types of coatings and scented ink. It was a fun project to work on and even more rewarding to see it get the recognition it deserved on an international level.”

Master Print Group Wins Benny

This year, more than 2,800 entries were submitted from graphic arts firms from around the world. Judges awarded the Benny to only 84 pieces, representing the top entry in each category. “It’s an honor to be recognized by the industry as a company that continues to produce award-winning print,” said Jon Wilbanks, President of Master Print Group. “Our team works very hard to give every project the same attention and care, which results in a strong reputation for giving 110% day in and day out. This award is proof of our dedication.”

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.”
The Premier Print Awards are the printing industry’s oldest and largest worldwide graphic arts competition, hosted by Printing Industries of America. In its 64th 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 received their Benny at The Premier Print Awards Gala, which honored all the companies that had the top award conferred upon them. The 2013 Gala was held at the Chicago Marriott Downtown, Magnificent Mile, Chicago, IL in September.

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 Michael Packard at 412-259-1736 or

Printing Industries of America hosts the Premier Print Awards. Headquartered in Sewickley, PA, the PIA 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.