Jim Coleman Receives NAPIM's Ault Award, MNYPIA's Man of the Year Honors

By David Savastano, Ink World Editor | 05.18.06

Mr. Coleman received the Ault Award, the most prestigious honor in the ink industry, for his 42 years of service and leadership in the printing ink industry

The last month has been a very interesting time for Jim Coleman, National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers’ (NAPIM) executive director. During the NAPIM Convention in late March, Mr. Coleman received the Ault Award, the most prestigious honor in the ink industry, for his 42 years of service and leadership in the printing ink industry.

From left, Cal and Sandy Sutphin of Braden Sutphin Ink enjoy a conversation with Jim and Sue Coleman during the MNYPIA dinner.
“I’m truly honored and very appreciative,” Mr. Coleman said. “Receiving the Ault Award was a pleasant surprise. I’m very honored to be part of such a distinguished group of people.”

Mr. Coleman’s record of leadership in the ink industry is exemplary. Mr. Coleman entered the ink industry in 1961, when he joined the product development laboratories of Borden Chemical. After holding several technical and plant management positions including vice president manufacturing/technical, he moved to J. M. Huber’s Printing Ink Division in 1984 to become its president one year later. In 1996 he joined NAPIM as assistant executive director, and was made executive director in 1997.

Industry leaders were delighted that Mr. Coleman received the awards, and also noted that Mr. Coleman and his wife, Sue, are a great team

“Jim’s been a friend for many years, and he and Sue work diligently for NAPIM,” said Michael Murphy, 2004 Ault Award honoree. “I’m very pleased he’s getting the recognition he deserves.”

Above, Jim Coleman receives the Ault Award from NAPIM president Dave Frescoln at the NAPIM Convention. Below, he receives the MNYPIA Man of the Year Award from Michael Brice.
“I am thrilled for him,” said Cal Sutphin, president of Braden Sutphin Ink and 2002 Ault Award honoree. “The fact that he has been an executive in the industry before heading NAPIM says a lot about the kind of people he and Sue are, that they have such great affection for the industry.”

“Jim’s a deserving recipient,” said Urban Hirsch III, founder and ex-president of Ink Systems and the 2003 Ault Award recipient. “He knows all sides of the industry.”

“It’s fantastic,” said Harvey Brice, managing director of Superior Printing Ink and 1998 Ault Award recipient. “It should not be a surprise. It was a wonderful tribute to him. We could not have chosen a better candidate this year.”

“I was very happy to see Jim get the award,” said Jimmy Sutphin, retired NAPIM executive director and  the 1997 Ault Award honoree. “He and his wife are great people. They are very much a team.”

Less than a month after receiving the Ault Award, Mr. Coleman was again the recipient of an honor, as the Metropolitan New York Printing Ink Association (MNYPIA) honored Mr. Coleman with its Fourth Annual Man of the Year Award.

“Jim is a man of integrity whose work ethic is exemplary,” said Michael Brice in presenting the MNYPIA award. “His receiving the Ault Award is a testament to his  career.”

“Jim was the kind of fellow you’d like to have every time at a business meeting,” said George Willock, a longtime Neville Chemical leader who is now a consultant. “He is a straight shooter, and I am proud of him.”

“Jim is certainly deserving of the Ault Award and the Man of the Year award,” said Larry Lepore, vice president of operations for US Ink. “He is a man of integrity who knows this business and he has the courage of his convictions.”

“It’s been quite an honor,” said Mr. Coleman at the MNYPIA dinner. “It’s been a fabulous few weeks. I’ve had  a nice career, although hopefully it’s not ended yet.”