Cal Sutphin Named MNYPIA's Man of the Year

By David Savastano and Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Editor and Ink World Associate Editor | 06.17.09

This year, Cal Sutphin, president of Braden Sutphin Ink, was the recipient of the club’s Man of the Year award.

Each April, the Metro New York Printing Ink Association (MNYPIA) selects an ink industry leader to receive its Man of the Year award. It is a distinguished list of honorees: to date, Ken Collins, George Dunn, Harvey Brice and Jim Coleman have received this honor.

Mr. Sutphin receives the MNYPIA award from Jim Coleman of NAPIM and MNYPIA president John Rutledge of Sun Chemical.
This year, Cal Sutphin, president of Braden Sutphin Ink, was the recipient of the club’s Man of the Year award.

“It’s a pleasure, and I want to thank the MNYPIA,” Mr. Sutphin said. “I was shocked to find out I was being honored, and it is a greathonor.”

“One of the unique things about this industry is that it is a small industry,” said Mr. Coleman, National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers (NAPIM) executive director and master of ceremonies for the event. “The advantage of this is you get to meet people and make friendships. Cal is a people person, and his contributions to NAPIM have been tremendous.”

“I’ve known Cal since day one,” said Allan Weissglass. “I am greatly honored to speak about him. I believe he deserves an award for his boundless energy and competitive nature.”

Cal and Sandy Sutphin.
“Cal and I were competitors,but we are also great friends,” Mr. Brice said. “That friendship goes back 35 years. There is no one in this industry that has been more of a gentleman and personifies this industry more than Cal.I would like to say thank you and congratulations.”

Mr. Sutphin’s career is indeed distinguished: after he attended John Carroll University, he joined Braden Sutphin in 1960, working his way through manufacturing and marketing, serving as plant and operations manager, marketing vice president, executive vice president, and in 1981, he was elected president. In 1977, when Braden Sutphin expanded its operations to the East Coast, Mr. Sutphin and his wife Sandy moved to the Baltimore-Washington D.C. area to open the plant and continue to live in the area while focusing on national accounts.

Mr. Sutphin’s record of service to the industry is exceptional. For the PIA/ GATF affiliate in Washington,

The MNYPIA’s officers include, from left, Peter Botzenhart of D.B. Becker, John Rutledge of Sun Chemical, Chris Verillo of Var-Chem Products, Tony Mauriello, Dan Shevkun of Superior Printing Ink and Dale Pritchett of Ink World. Not pictured: Bill Teto of Ciba Specialty Chemicals.
he served in all chairs, and served as chairman in 2000 – the first non-printer chairman in the association’s 85-year history. He received the club’s Distinguished Service Award in 2007.

Mr. Sutphin joined the board of the NAPIM in 1986. He earned the prestigious Pioneer Award in 1992, was elected treasurer and a member of the Executive Committee in 1993. After serving as vice president, he was elected president of NAPIM in 1995, and served for two years.

Mr. Sutphin received the 2002 Ault Award, the most prestigious honor in the U.S. ink industry, from NAPIM. He certainly fits the criteria for the award. He has been an ambassador for the industry, and he is truly liked by all throughout the industry. His willingness to help out whenever he is called upon is sincere, and his remarkable ability to remember seemingly everyone he meets comes from his genuine compassion for people.

On hand for Superior Printing Ink were Dan Shevkun, Stan Hittman, Sal Moscuzza and Jim Larocca.
Cal and Sandy Sutphin have seven children and 12 grandchildren.