The Printing United Alliance (PUA – Fairfax, Virginia) has announced that Michael Makin, who was born in Montreal and was currently serving as EVP since the merger of SGIA and Printing Industries of America (PIA) formed the PUA, will depart on January 1, 2021 after a successful transition of the combined organizations. On May 1, 2020 the SGIA and PIA officially merged to become the PUA – the largest, most comprehensive printing and graphic arts association in the U.S. As former President and CEO of the PIA, Makin was instrumental in this important unification.
Makin has served in leadership roles in the printing industry worldwide since 1995, where he served as President and CEO of the Canadian Printing Industries Association (CPIA), followed by his tenure with PIA in 2001. He’s championed many successful initiatives and transitions, including representing the industry in important legislation and regulatory victories in the U.S.. His vision and commitment in his role in the SGIA and PIA merger was greatly valued. “I have enjoyed traversing this vital journey of the SGIA and PIA merger, in being involved in helping make the transition a smooth one,” Makin recalled. “I’ve been in the printing industry a very long time and am thrilled with the direction that Ford and the Alliance are taking the association. The plans that the Alliance has to serve and lead this great industry are exciting, and I wish the team nothing but the best.”
“We are extremely grateful to Michael for not only his years of service to our industry and the membership of PIA, and for representing the industry from international venues to the halls of Congress, but most recently for his embrace of the vision of Printing United Alliance and a coming together of the industry in body and spirit,” said Ford Bowers, President and CEO of the Printing United Alliance. “Without Michael, this would not have happened, and we are all better off for his taking the opportunity to bring two significant organizations together. We are certain he’ll contribute to whatever he puts his mind to, whatever that might be. Our well wishes go with him, and we look forward to hearing of his continued success.”