Making Better Happen: IWCO Shines at Printing Industry Midwest’s Star Awards

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Missy Smutny

Missy brings human resource innovation to IWCO through authentic, selfless leadership that empowers teams to exceed expectations and achieve unprecedented results. As a progressive HR executive and military Veteran, she combines inspirational coaching, strategic disruptions, and collaboration with senior leaders to advance our output. She most recently served as Director of Human Resources for Renewal by Andersen and held HR positions at Andersen Windows. She started her career at Target Corporation where she held roles in Operations and Human Resources.

At IWCO, we take immense pride in our talented team members and their dedication to excellence. On June 15, 2023, we had the pleasure of celebrating our team’s outstanding achievements at the Printing Industry Midwest’s (PIM) Star Awards ceremony. This event showcases commitment to excellence and innovation within the print industry. Among our many nominations, we are thrilled to announce that Siri Prax, Director of Marketing and Account Services, was awarded the coveted title of 2023 Marketing Professional of the Year, while our remarkable Operation Santa IT Team, secured the Outstanding Team of the Year award.

A Night of Celebration

The Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis, Minnesota, served as the backdrop for the 2023 Star Awards banquet and awards ceremony, where more than 200 print professionals gathered. Hosted by Printing Industry Midwest (PIM), the not-for-profit trade organization representing leading print service providers in the Midwest, the event showcased the best the region has to offer. With numerous member companies submitting around 150 projects for evaluation, the competition was fierce. Nominees had to demonstrate exceptional skills, creativity, and a commitment to delivering outstanding results.

Siri Prax Marketing Professional of the Year

In today’s business landscape, effective marketing is crucial for driving success and propelling our clients to new heights. At IWCO, we are proud to have Siri Prax, Director of Marketing and Account Services, leading the way. Siri embodies the qualities needed to harness the power of marketing and has consistently demonstrated exceptional skills, innovative strategies, and unwavering dedication that set her apart in the industry. Winning the prestigious 2023 Marketing Professional of the Year award is a well-deserved recognition of Siri’s ability to connect with audiences, guide compelling campaigns, and deliver tangible results. She truly sets the standard for marketing excellence.

Operation Santa IT Team Outstanding Team of the Year

IWCO’s Operation Santa IT Team has been spreading holiday magic in partnership with the U. S. Postal Service since 2017. Our team played a pivotal role in building the database and developing data and web services that support the Operation Santa website. Initially launched in New York in 2017, the website allowed residents to select letters to Santa received by the USPS and respond online. In 2019, this experience was expanded nationwide, enabling all U.S. residents to participate in spreading holiday joy. The Operation Santa IT Team’s exceptional efforts and technological expertise earned them the well-deserved Outstanding Team of the Year award. We celebrate their collaboration, innovation, and dedication to delivering a magical experience during the holiday season.

Congratulations to the entire Operation Santa IT Team:

  • Jerrod Reynolds
  • Jane Mahon
  • John Klimekoski
  • Priya Palani

Setting the Standard: IWCO’s Nominations Showcase Industry Expertise at PIM Star Awards

IWCO had a total of ten nominations across various categories, showcasing the depth of talent and expertise within our organization. We are immensely proud of each team and individual who were recognized for their remarkable contributions. The nominations themselves serve as a testament to the passion, skill, and dedication of our entire team.

We extend our congratulations to the following individuals:

  • Dana Ohnsorg – HR Professional of the Year
  • Hillary Serbus – Outstanding Production Professional of the Year
  • Ken McDonald – Manager of the Year
  • Jon Motl – Young Professional of the Year
  • Rochelle Maus – Outstanding Customer Service Representative of the Year

Additionally, we celebrate the following nominated teams:

Epic TeamProduction Planning TeamMail-Gard Client Services Team
Frank Sellner
John Byers
Brad Elmore
Salin Chhay
Rachida Nassour
Thomas Loidolt
Jim Jones
Paula Printz
Trina Stiely
Shirley Kulp
Irvenia Noecker
Roxanna Bonawitz
Jennifer Wannamaker
Jackie Price
Stacie Mugovero
Wendy Hess
Edmund Parry
Todd Schmidt
Thomas Lamb

Looking Ahead: Pushing Boundaries and Making an Impact in the Print Industry

These accolades reinforce our commitment to excellence, creativity, and delivering exceptional results for our clients. The PIM Star Awards provide us with a valuable opportunity to showcase our capabilities, honor our hardworking team, and inspire our continued growth and success. As we move forward, we remain committed to fostering a culture focused on our core values of integrity, commitment, teamwork, and innovation. Together, we will continue to push boundaries, exceed expectations, and make a positive impact in the print industry.

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