Topeka, Kansas — The Foil & Specialty Effects Association (FSEA) is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award – Nelson Stevens. The award honors Stevens for his four decades of leadership in the print finishing industry.

Stevens started his career in the industry in the late 1960s, working with BOBST as a sales manager for 12 years. In the early 1980s, Stevens formed his own company, Independent Machinery, Inc., where he sold used equipment and began refurbishing machinery from BOBST and other manufacturers. Among other successes, in 1991, Stevens signed an agreement with Gietz to bring its line of foil stamping equipment to North America. Through his efforts, 62 Gietz foil stamping machines were placed in North American print finishing companies. Many of these presses were sold for the foil stamping and embossing production of wine and spirit labels, where a foil stamped label became a mark of a premium product.