2023 ProPrint Awards: Easy Signs wins top gong in Printer 50 category

Easy Signs directors Adam Parnell and Andy Fryer have won the Printer 50 category in the 2023 ProPrint Awards, held on 3 November at Shangri-La Sydney with over 350 guests in attendance.

Formerly known as the Power 50, this peer-voted award was run for the first-time last year and recognises senior print leaders. Full details on the criteria for this award can be found here.

MC Sam McCool, who confirmed Parnell and Fryer as winners in the Printer 50, said the duo were recognised for their commitment to efficiency and innovation; and for delivering a repeatable and exceptional experience for their clients.

Printing and signage company Easy Signs was launched in Sydney in 2006 and since adopting an online sales model, has been transformed from a humble start-up into a thriving industry leader.  Under their visionary leadership, dedication to quality, and customer-centric approach, the company operates out of an impressive facility in Sydney, and has expanded to the Phillipines and more recently to Pennsylvania, USA, which has celebrated its first year in business.

With a strong technical background, they continually invest in the latest state-of -the-art machinery to ensure that Easy Signs supplies consistent, high-quality products to its customers at the lowest cost. Their aim is to reduce the cost of local manufacturing to return work to Australian shores. 

The duo has been recognised outside of print, notably in the Australian Financial Review’s Fast100, Smart Company Smart50 and the AFR’s Most Innovative Australian Manufacturing Award in 2019. 

Adam Parnell accepted the trophy from Durst Oceania managing director Matt Ashman, explaining that business partner Andy Fryer was away at that time.

Winners 2 to 5

All Printer 50 winners were announced by McCool, with those in the two to five winning slots receiving trophies from Ashman. These are: 

2. Keith Ferrel, General Manager – Operations, CACTUS IMAGING

3. Matt Aitken, CEO, IVE GROUP

4. Abbie Graham, Designer/Printer, KWIK KOPY NEWCASTLE

5. Andrew Hall, Managing Director, FACTORY ONE

Runner-up in the Printer 50 award category – Keith Ferrel from Cactus Imaging
Matt Aitken from IVE Group earned third place in th Printer 50 category for 2023
2022 ProPrint Awards Emerging 50 recipient Abbie Graham came fourth in this year’s Printer 50

Winners 6 – 25

FUJIFILM Australia division manager, graphics systems Troy Neighbour handed out trophies to the winners of slots six to 15, while winners of slots 16 to 25 received trophies from Ball & Doggett’s head of marketing Tony Bertrand.

These are:

6. Aaron Lusch, General Manager, PLATYPUS PRINT PACKAGING 

7. Angelo Varnakulasingham, Senior Overseer, CORRECTIVE SERVICES INDUSTRIES

8. Adam Middleton, Director, MINT IMAGING

9. Dayne Nankervis, CEO, CMYKHUB

10. Nigel Spicer, General Manager, CACTUS IMAGING

11. Frank Mezo, Managing Director, MEZOGRAPHIC

12. Andrew Reynolds, Specialist Technical Trainer, NOTE PRINTING AUSTRALIA

13. Baden Kirgan, Managing Director, PLANET PRESS

14. Aleisha Gill, Owner, KWIK KOPY EAGLE FARM

15. Cliff Brigstocke, CEO – Production and Distribution, IVE GROUP

16. Bianca Martin, Commercial Manager, IVE GROUP

17. Jamie & Jason Xuereb, Founders, MEDIAPOINT

18. Nina Nguyen, Founder, PAKKO

19. Rodney Frost, CEO LAMSON GROUP

20. Leon Wilson, Director/Passionate Print Geek, REVOLUTION PRINT

21. Kirsten Taylor, Creative Print Director & Owner, TAYLOR’D PRESS

22. Yianni Moratidis, Director, GENR8 PRINTING

23. Debbie Burgess & John Bright, Joint Managing Directors, BRIGHT PRINT GROUP

24. Kenneth Beck-Pedersen & Peter Musarra, Founders and Directors, CARBON8

25. Romeo Sanuri, Managing Director, NEXT PRINTING

Printer 50 winners (alphabetical order)

These winners received their trophies from HP Large Format Print Australasia’s head of marketing Jehan Tabet. These are:

  • Ben Browning, Managing Director, 1800 FOR PROMO 
  • Ben Carroll & Mandy Oliver, Director & General Manager, VELFLEX AND VICON TRANSFERS
  • Calli McCool, QLD State Sales Manager, MMT PRINT
  • Christian Middleton, Managing Director, CLOUDPRINT GROUP
  • Christopher Dean, Group Training Officer, MULTI-COLOR CORPORATION
  • Clinton Daley, Managing Director, VALIANT PRESS
  • Cory Hall, Group CEO, PRECISION GROUP
  • Dan Bodey, Operations Manager, BOOM STUDIOS
  • Daniel Edwards, Founder, POSTERBOY PRINTING
  • Darren Delaney, General Manager, ALLKOTES
  • Darryl Meyer, CEO, Print Web Offset, IVE GROUP
  • Dean Langford, General Manager – Brand Activations, IVE GROUP
  • Dominic Borrello, Co-Founder, IMAGEBOX GROUP
  • Ewen Donaldson, Director, VIVAD
  • Glenn Moffatt, Production Manager, CACTUS IMAGING
  • Jason Turvill, Operations Manager, EASY SIGNS
  • Kirsty & Luke Woodhead, Directors, BREEN PRINTING
  • Marcus Marchant, CEO, VISTAPRINT
  • Paul Wilcockson, Production Director, JCDECAUX GROUP
  • Samantha Bailey-Jensen, Director, BAILEY GROUP
  • Samantha Faye Rogers, Director and Co-Owner, DRIVE CREATIVE
  • Simon Carmody, Managing Director, SPOT PRODUCTIONS
  • Sonia Shwabsky, CEO, KWIK KOPY AUSTRALIA
  • Stephen Lamont, Managing Director, LAMONT SUSTAINABLE SIGN SOLUTIONS

Congratulations to all the winners!

Note: All category winners will be published in the December 2023 issue of ProPrint.

If you would like more information about the ProPrint Awards, including sponsorship enquiries for 2024, email: carmen@proprint.com.au or call 0410 582 450.


Massive thanks to our sponsors – without them we could not run these awards!

Platinum Sponsor – Durst Oceania

Gold Sponsors – Ball & Doggett, FUJFILM Australia, HP, IVE Group, Kwik Kopy Australia, Pozitive and Visual Connections

Silver Sponsors – Böttcher SystemsBright Print GroupCactus ImagingCanon Production Printing AustraliaGraph-PakKonica MinoltaKURZLamson ParagonOKIPAKKORicoh, and Spicers

Auditing Partner – PFK

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