New York’s Advertising Production Club Recognizes Pantone’s Buzz Apostol with Prestigious APPY Award

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Award recognizes leadership within his company and commitment to the advancement of the industry

Over the many years I have worked in this industry, it has been a joy to contribute even in a small way -- Buzz Apostol

X-Rite Incorporated, a global leader in color science and technology, and its subsidiary Pantone LLC, today announced that William “Buzz” Apostol, X-Rite Pantone’s Vice President of Sales for the Americas, has been honored by New York’s Advertising Production Club with a prestigious APPY Award. Apostol has been named Advertising Production Person of the Year – Vendor/Service Industry. This award is presented annually to a Vendor or Service professional that embodies passion for the advertising community and for his or her work in the graphic arts/communications industry. The award will be presented a cocktail reception to be held November 13th.

“I am humbled to be recognized with this prestigious award,” Apostol said. “Over the many years I have worked in this industry, it has been a joy to contribute even in a small way. To join the distinguished group of individuals that have received this award since its inception more than a decade ago is quite an honor.”

To be nominated for the APPY Award –Vendor/Service Industry, the proposed recipient must meet a number of criteria, including longevity in the industry, being a member in good standing of the APC (or the nominee’s company being a corporate member), and be exemplary in education and/or innovation. Recognition is given to innovative, impactful individuals who exhibit a positive influence, creative excellence and a combination of professional and personal attributes that demonstrate leadership and contributions to the graphic arts/communications community.

Apostol has been in the industry since 1976 and has held a number of executive sales roles at X-Rite Pantone since joining the company in 2004, including his current role as Vice President Sales – Americas. Prior to joining X-Rite Pantone, Apostol held executive roles at UNIMAC Graphics and Agfa Corporation. He is an Adjunct Professor at New York University and Board Chair for the New York University School of Professional Studies, as well as a former APC board member. Apostol graduated from California State University Fullerton with a BS in Business Administration Marketing and holds an MBA degree from the New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business.

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About X-Rite
Founded in 1958, X-Rite, Incorporated is a global leader in color science and technology. With its wholly owned subsidiary Pantone, X-Rite employs more than 800 people in 11 countries. The company’s corporate headquarters are located in Grand Rapids, Mich., with regional headquarters in Europe and Asia and service centers across Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and the Americas. X-Rite Pantone offers a full range of color management solutions used by manufacturers, retailers, printers, photographers and graphic design houses to achieve precise management and communication of color throughout their processes. X-Rite Pantone products and services are recognized standards in the printing, packaging, photography, graphic design, video, automotive, paints, plastics, textiles and medical industries. For further information, please visit For the latest news, information and conversations, connect with X-Rite on LinkedIn, Vimeo, Twitter, and Facebook.

About Pantone
Pantone LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of X-Rite, Incorporated, has been the world’s color authority for nearly 50 years, providing design professionals with products and services for the colorful exploration and expression of creativity. Always a source for color inspiration, Pantone also offers paint and designer-inspired products and services for consumers. More information is available at For the latest news, trends, information and conversations, connect with Pantone on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

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