NAPL Management Plus Awards Program Adds New ‘Masters’ Competition

By Epicomm
In January 11, 2011

‘Retired’ Hall of Fame Award Winners Now Eligible to Vie for the Industry’s Premier Business Management Honor

Paramus, N.J. – 01/11/2011 – The National Association for Printing Leadership (NAPL) announces the expansion of its Management Plus Awards Program™ with the addition of a new “Masters” category that will enable previously “retired” William K. Marrinan Management Plus Hall of Fame Award winners to compete for a new management distinction in one of the industry’s most prestigious competitions.

“In the past, companies that were selected as members of the Management Plus Hall of Fame were no longer eligible to enter the competition again, but their executive staffs and employees continued to excel in their business management practices,” explains NAPL President and Chief Executive Officer Joseph P. Truncale. “We thought it only right to give them an opportunity to continue to gain the acknowledgement they so richly deserve for their ongoing management excellence,” he continues, “and our new ‘Masters’ category will enable them to compete each year for ‘best-of-the-best’ recognition.”

Companies taking part in the NAPL Management Plus Awards Program submit an NAPL Best Practices Assessment™ as part of their entry. In turn, they receive a detailed outside evaluation of their management strengths and weaknesses and become eligible for NAPL Management Plus Gold, Silver, or Merit Awards.

Each year, one company is also honored with the Hall of Fame Award for consistent excellence in the program, including having garnered at least five previous NAPL Management Plus awards.

Electronic Entry
The new Masters competition is only one of the changes in the Management Plus program for 2011. In addition, entries may now be completed electronically, using templates available on the NAPL website,; and the competition entry deadline has been moved to June 1, so that entrants may assemble and provide a full calendar year of data for the awards competition.

The annual Management Plus awards ceremony, previously part of NAPL’s Top Management Conference, will be made at NAPL’s Best in Business Conference in November. NAPL’s Management Plus Awards program is sponsored by manroland.

Comprehensive Diagnostic
The comprehensive NAPL Management Plus Best Practices Assessment diagnostic tool asks company executives to answer questions about their strategic planning, sales, marketing, finance, operations, human resources, leadership, and community/industry relations. Based on an analytical evaluation of management competencies, NAPL industry experts can help company leaders pinpoint areas of opportunity and develop a plan for maximizing their effectiveness.

For three decades, hundreds of companies have taken advantage of the assessment, a free benefit for all NAPL corporate members, and more than 150 businesses have won NAPL Management Plus Awards. “We hope these new enhancements to our Management Plus program will encourage even more companies to take part in both the assessment process and the awards competition,” adds Woods.

For more information about NAPL’s Management Plus program or to receive a free copy of the NAPL Management Plus Best Practices Assessment, contact David Fox at (770) 675-3249 or, or visit

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