“This year’s event was fierce!” touts the latest Pacific Printing Industries (PPI) newsletter recapping their jungle-themed awards gala, Print Rocks, held in Portland on September 21st. More than 180 people came from near and far to celebrate, honor great print and witness a new class of Hickey Pickers. Our very own Dan Cavanaugh was surprised by this lifetime achievement award presented for his leadership and many years of service to the industry.
PPI is a non-profit, membership-based trade association, serving members that design and produce print, visual and graphic products. Their geographic reach includes Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah and Washington, and they are affiliated with Printing Industries of America, the largest graphic arts trade association in the country.
The Hickey Picker award was created to acknowledge and celebrate those in the industry who have established and earned a reputation deserving of recognition. In considering candidates, PPI looks at longevity, reputation, service to the NW industry, teaching and training, and contributing to the PPI Association.
This honor was years in the making. It all began in 1977 when Dan took over the helm of a small printing shop in Klamath Falls, Oregon. More than 41 years later, he has transformed SmithBates from that small print shop serving the regional timber industry and local business community to a large multifaceted operation, responsive to the modern marketing needs of both large global and smaller regional companies.
Dan comes from a long-line of family whose blood type is CMYK. His great grandfather, CW Dryden, moved to Klamath from Oregon City in the early 1920s. CW was the first linotype operator for W.O Smith Printing Company – the genesis of SmithBates Marcomm Solutions – beginning a four-generation family tradition that Dan continues to this day. Read Dan’s Bio here.
Dan reflected on SmithBates’ history and his part of it, “It’s been interesting to look back and see the changes that have occurred in the graphic arts industry since my great grandfather’s time. And what’s really remarkable is what has changed just in my generation. I can’t say it has always been easy, but truly, navigating and transforming a company though the digital printing and internet revolution has made it a fascinating life’s work and something I’ve been proud to be a part of.”
One of the secrets to Dan’s success is always looking out for the customer’s best interest. Always looking for new ways to accomplish their goals or taking something they had and improving on it. He was an early adopter of new workflows and online ordering systems, and he continues to look for ways to incorporate innovations that will give SmithBates’ clients and customers a winning advantage.