The award has been presented for more than 60 years to renowned leaders in the military, politics, business, journalism and communications for their outstanding achievements and contributions to American society. The award, named for Benjamin Franklin, a printer by trade, will be presented to Landa at the annual Franklin Luminaire Awards on Oct. 17, 2018 (5:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.) at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers in New York City. The gala is jointly presented by the Print Drives America Foundation and the Idealliance Foundation.
A pioneer of digital printing at Indigo, Landa continued his visionary pathway as founder, chairman, and CEO of the Landa Group—pioneering futuristic nanotechnology applications in the fields of imaging, energy and health. His vision for the future also includes investment in promising Israeli technologies and philanthropic activities that enable underprivileged youth to gain access to higher education. Landa has a portfolio of more than 800 patents worldwide.
“We are delighted to salute Mr. Landa with this prestigious honor and acknowledge his achievements in front of more than 300 prominent CEOs and senior executives from the printing, publishing, digital, advertising, and graphic communications community,” said Franklin Luminaire Committee co-chair Steve Drew, sales executive-Magazine Group at LSC Communications.
In past years, the Franklin Award for Distinguished Service has been presented to nationally known luminaries that include several United States presidents, New York governors George Pataki and Mario Cuomo, New Jersey governor Christine Todd Whitman, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, as well as notables such as Martha Stewart, Norman Rockwell, Armen Keteyian and Walter Cronkite.