Message from a GEF President

GEF PresidentMessage from GEF President Rod Sosa

In 1998 while studying at a Gravure Resource Center, I was awarded a GEF scholarship with an invitation to participate at one of the GAA conferences.  The award, the invitation, and the network from the event propelled me to have a career in this incredible industry.  If you are a student, I encourage you get involved with the foundation and actively participate in programs and conferences; it will accelerate your career. If you are an industry leader, your participation and contribution guarantees a secure future for the Gravure industry.

Gravure Education Foundation (GEF) seeks to build strength for a segment of industry that has served and is serving us all well.  Gravure delivers communication to millions each day, builds packaging that help marketers sell better products, adds beauty and functionality to many products we use today and into the future.

Over the years the GEF has distributed more $3.6 million and currently engages over 300 students/year in “Gravure Days.”  On average, the GEF awards 11 scholarships and 8 grants per year.

GEF was founded in 1970 through the commitment of industry leaders. These leaders knew that in order to thrive in the future; the industry would require Gravure specialists that could lead the industry for generations to come. In short, they made an investment.  We, in turn, now make investments in students who express interest and excel in printing and the graphic arts.  Using the funds that others endowed to us, along with the contributions you make today, we bring Gravure into the future. 

Today the GEF helps students, universities, colleges, and the Gravure industry by:  Communicating the benefits of Gravure around the globe using teaching aids, providing financial assistance to universities, and providing scholarships to worthy students. We appoint board members to liaise with each Gravure Resource Center, which includes:

  1. Promotion, dissemination, and cooperation of technical education towards the Gravure learning community. This includes, active participation in Resource Center’s annual “Gravure Day”
  2. Communication with students to promote career growth, industry networking, and resources to improve technical research
  3. Collaboration to engage students in annual Association meetings.

GEF also develops and provides training materials used on-line, on-site, and off-site courses for Gravure professionals. Revenue from these events helps sustain the foundation and maintain a repository of training and educational materials.

Please take a moment read our mission, find a way that you and/or your company can contribute to the future of Gravure.

Thank you for visiting us.

Rod Sosa, GEF President