After serving nearly 19 years as the company's leader, Gecht stepped down as CEO on October 15.
“Guy is the rare visionary who has the ability to drive innovation, change direction when needed, and find new ways to create business success. In his time with EFI, he also showed extraordinary skill in inspiring and empowering those working for him to succeed and lead,” says EFI chief financial officer Marc Olin. “Establishing this scholarship in Guy’s name is a fitting tribute to him and will encourage and support promising students destined to be future leaders and innovators in print.”
“PGSF has had the opportunity to work with EFI on many educational initiatives over the years, and several PGSF scholarship recipients have gone on to continue their careers at EFI,” says John Berthelsen, PGSF’s vice president of development. “We are excited that the company has chosen to help continue creating opportunities for deserving students with this new scholarship, as well as providing a permanent endowment honoring one of print’s most respected CEOs.”
The new scholarship will present up to $2,000 annually to a student studying in a graphics communications program at a technical school, college or university within the United States. PGSF, which works with donors and sponsors to help build the future workforce of the industry, will manage application judging, with the first scholarship award scheduled to be presented for the 2019-20 school year. Students interested in applying for the scholarship online can do so at www.pgsf.org.
The deadline for applications is March 1.
Supply chain partners, companies and individuals can contribute to the endowment by making direct contributions to PGSF in Gecht’s name by contacting PGSF’s John Berthelsen.