Mark Sparks Inducted into the 2016 Graphic Arts Council Hall of Distinction

by Austin Johnson February 23, 2016

Tap’s Business Development Manager, Mark Sparks, was inducted into the 2016 GAC (Graphic Arts Council) of Cleveland Hall of Distinction at the PIANKO (Printing Industries of Ohio • N.Kentucky) Awards Dinner on February 4 at the 100th Bomb Group in Cleveland.

“My goal has always been to work hard and learn as much as possible,” Sparks said.

“Consequently, I have been involved in a wide range of the industry from publication to commercial printing in several market segments,” he said. “I feel this has contributed to the well-rounded experience that I have achieved in the graphics and print industry today.” 

According to the GAC of Cleveland, inductees are selected based on:

  • Their widely recognized success as members of the industry
  • Their activity in trade and professional organizations
  • Their help and encouragement in providing educational opportunities for students considering a career in graphic communications
  • Their advice and counseling to those seeking employment in the graphic communications industry
  • Their activity in the Greater Cleveland community outside of industry-related charity work in fund raising, volunteer support and promotion of civic pride


Mark Sparks, Business Development Manager

The GAC of Cleveland inducts new members annually, and one other person was inducted along with Sparks on February 4, 2016. Common inductees include CEO’s, presidents, plant managers, sales people, and business owners within the printing industry.

Sparks is the first employee from Tap Packaging Solutions to be inducted into the GAC of Cleveland Hall of Distinction. He often mentors college students through PIEF (Printing Industry Educational Funding), the PIANKO program that hands out scholarships. He has spent the last 37 years in the printing industry and this is his 10th year with Tap Packaging Solutions.

At the awards ceremony he gave an acceptance speech and received a medallion with the face of Ben Franklin.

“I continue to be amazed at the technological changes this industry has gone through and really think this is what keeps me still driven today,” Sparks said. 


Austin Johnson
Austin Johnson