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Fun and Appreciation

Friday, March 8th, 2019

We gathered the team up recently and headed to Brewport for an Employee Appreciation and get together to celebrate the successful results of a busy production challenge. We celebrated the hiring of 22 new employees in the past year and several work anniversaries. The evening was filled with trivia where staff won all types of prizes (think grills, chairs, speakers and more).  We celebrated with music, pizza and some choice craft ales. Warm thank you to the staff of Brewport. Thank you all for another great year!

9 Times Makes An “Impression”

Thursday, December 20th, 2018

We are pleased to announce that for the 9th year in a row we have made the Printing Impressions 400 list. Premier continues to climb the list thanks to our growth in areas of high-speed inkjet digital printing, direct mail, variable card printing, and fulfillment. Premier has seen 100% growth since 2010 and that number continues to rise.

This list is the industry’s most comprehensive listing of the leading printing companies in the United States and Canada ranked by annual sales volume.

The PI 400 provides recognition to the companies that are included in the rankings, along with offering a glimpse at how the industry is changing each year. This year a major trend in 2018 has shown that companies that have targeted specialties like packaging, direct mail, wide-format digital printing and inkjet printing have grown the most organically.

For more information on how Premier can help you, email us at Better yet, send us some examples of your current work and we will provide ideas for effective enhancements and redesign at no cost!

2018 Valor Awards Ceremony

Monday, November 5th, 2018

Premier Graphics received a 2018 Valor Award from The Work Place & Port 5 Naval Veterans on Nov.1st. The award was for Outstanding Employer for hiring veterans. The 6th annual Valor Awards recognized and honored outstanding individuals and organizations that make up and support the veteran community in Connecticut. The program was put on by The WorkPlace’s Support Services for Veteran Families program and Port 5.

 Opening remarks were made by the Mayor of Bridgeport Joe Ganim, State Representative Steve Stafstorm, and The WorkPlace’s Joe Carbone. After opening remarks the Port 5 Rifle Squad entered the ceremony and Senator Carlo Leone gave thoughtful remarks on the meaning of Veterans Day afterwards Tom Long of The WorkPlace welcomed the Keynote Speaker, Colonel Jennifer Hicks-Mcgowanfrom the U.S. Military Academy West Point.


 Awards and citations from the Connecticut General Assembly and the United States Senate.

Representatives of Premier Graphics accepting the Outstanding Employer Award for hiring local veterans.

Valor Award recipient Zofia Szwarc being recognized for making strides through a successful career change and making significant strides towards her personal goals.


Premier is committed to the enrichment and growth of the surrounding community and strongly believes providing jobs to the community encourages growth.  We are especially proud of our veteran employees who work hard day in and day out, and certainly, perform their jobs with a sense of pride.  We look forward to these employees having long, fulfilling careers in our organization.

Premier Expands Customer Service Team

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

We are pleased to announce that Annie Cantilena has joined Premier Graphics as Senior Project Manager. Annie brings more than thirteen years’ experience in project management and creative operations.

Annie is looking forward to learning all the steps in the project lifecycle at Premier. She hopes to use this knowledge to help identify areas of the process needing improvement.

Annie lives in Greenwich, CT with her spouse and 2 year old son.

“We are excited to have Annie join our growing team. She brings talent and experience that we need to achieve our aggressive plans for the years ahead. The addition of this new position will allow us to better serve the growing needs of our clients” – Cesar Garcia, President of Premier

Premier Expands with New Team Members

Friday, September 14th, 2018

Jorge Rojas has joined Premier as Director of Production.  Jorge brings more than 15 years experience in electronic engineering, printing, manufacturing and operations management.

Jorge earned his MS of Industrial Engineering at Polytechnic Institute of New York University; Graduate Studies in Operation Management at the Institute of Higher Administration Studies, Caracas, Venezuela; and, a BS in Electronics Engineering at the National Polytechnic University of the Armed Forces, Caracas, Venezuela.

Jorge lives in Long Island NY with his family.



Marco Colon has joined Premier Graphics as 2nd Shift Manager. Marco brings more than twenty-five years of experience in leading planning, logistics, inventory control, cost savings, time optimization, ERP System, GMP, ISO, Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma accreditations.

Marco is looking forward to engaging with the family of Premier and with his experience work together to move the operation to the next level.

He lives in Waterbury, CT with his wife Jackeline. He enjoys sports, arts and working with the community to offer opportunities and improve quality live in his surroundings.


“We are excited to have Jorge and Marco join our growing team. They each bring the talent and experience we need to achieve our aggressive plans for the years ahead” – Cesar Garcia, President of Premier

Premier Partners For Good!

Thursday, July 26th, 2018

Premier Graphics has recently partnered with the Kennedy Employment Services and Goodwill Employment Services. These non-profit programs specialize in offering programs and services to individuals with a wide range of disabilities, and their recruitment assistance programs help individuals gain a successful job placement to fit with their unique skills set. The Kennedy Center and Goodwill strive to offer programs and services across the age spectrum to individuals with unique talents, interests and goals. While working with these companies it is a coordinated effort between us and their support staff to train and acclimate these new employees to their position and provide them with the training they need to be successful.

Over the years Premier has been involved with giving back to the surrounding communities along with being proactive in creating a diversified workforce. Premier hires people of all nationalities as well as those with special needs. We also have a long history of partnering with local community organizations and programs such as the Bridgeport Rescue Mission, Miracle House, Bethel Recovery Center, Mary Magdalen House, and Women in Crisis to name a few.

As Premier continues to grow, we will continue to partner with our community by providing opportunities to those in need.

For more information on how Premier has partnered with the local community contact us at

Premier Expands with New Team Members

Friday, May 4th, 2018

Premier is once again adding new talented members to our growing team. Join me in welcoming:



Donald LaClair –  has joined Premier as an Account Executive. Donald will be focused on developing new business for Premier. Don brings more than thirty-five years of experience with several well-known print companies in the region. He lives in West Nyack, NY with his wife Margaret. They have five grown children.




Andrew Cooke – joins the team as Operations Manager. Andrew has ten years of warehousing and logistics experience, having worked for one of the largest food distributors in New England, and successfully navigating them through several periods of growth and the acquisition of new business. With experience in every phase of warehousing and having worked with various major carriers, he plans to use his talents and experience to help take Premier to the next level. Andrew is a graduate of ECSU and currently lives in Middletown, Connecticut.



Claudia Marin –  has joined Premier as Implementation Manager for Major Accounts / Quality Control. Claudia comes from an Operations background and has a focus on continuous improvement of standard operating procedures. She lives in West Haven, CT with her husband, Michael.



“We are excited to have Joe, Donald, Andrew and Claudia join our growing team. They each bring the talent and experience we need to achieve our aggressive plans for the years ahead” – Cesar Garcia, President of Premier

Mary Wade Family

Monday, April 30th, 2018


Meet Jack Flaherty, Vice President of Sales for Premier. Recently Jack was interviewed by the Mary Wade Home. Jack’s history with the Mary Wade Home goes back longer than the 7 years that he has been working side by side with them on all their printing needs. His history with the Mary Wade Home goes back to his maternal grandparents and to when he himself lived on the same street as Mary Wade on Clinton Avenue with his parents.

Mary Wade’s mission is to provide high-quality medical care, social programs, and supervised residential services to those in need. The Mary Wade Home supports the New Haven Community with live in residents, day programs, and employment opportunities. They employ about 275 people and work with many vendors in the area, and Premier is one of them. Jack reconnected with the Mary Wade Home years ago when he met a rep at a convention in New Haven. The two spoke after the meeting and Jack shared his family’s story which you can hear all about in the above video. He met with David Hunter the President & CEO for a tour of the expanded buildings and facility along with the building and entrances his grandmother would have used when she worked for the Mary Wade Home. Recently Mary Wade reached out to Jack asking him if he would like to be interviewed for their video project on “How Mary Wade Continues to Support Families and Community” which was debuted at their Gala event.

Premier is proud to be with Jack supporting Mary Wade’s efforts and we value our relationship.

Premier Expands with New Support Team Members

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

As part of our expansion and growth, we have added more talent to our support staff.

Phil Macary – Phil joins Premier as a full-time Estimator.

He will be supporting the sales team by providing them with estimates and helping to develop the best production methods and materials for customers projects.

Phil has been in the commercial printing business since 1975 and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to Premier.He has worked in receiving purchasing and estimating in his career in printing.

His favorite project here at Premier has been learning our new Pace estimating system. Phil lives in Prospect, CT with his family. 


Michelle Palmer – Michelle joins Premier as a Product Manager.

Michelle will be supporting the sales team, communicating with our production team ensuring that our client’s expectations are met. Michelle brings to Premier more than 15 years of marketing and customer service experience.

She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Bridgeport and lives in Naugatuck, CT with her family.


“Our project managers and estimators are key players in our customer’s experience with Premier. We are excited to have Phil and Michelle on our growing team.” – Sean Huban, Chief Revenue Officer

Premier Continues Expansion and Announces New Additions To The Sales Team

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

Premier Continues Expansion and Announces New Additions To The Sales Team.

Robert Sternau – Rob joined Premier Graphics in July 2017 as Senior V.P. Business Development.

In his new position at Premier, Rob will be responsible for helping grow overall sales by developing sales and marketing initiatives, recruiting additional sales reps, and direct selling.

Rob has successfully managed sales and marketing departments for major metropolitan New York City area printers over the past 25 years.  Most recently, Rob has served as VP Sales for Hennegan – An RR Donnelley Company.  Additionally, he has served in sales and marketing leadership positions with Kay Printing in Clifton, NJ and Allied Printing in Manchester, CT.

He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Cold Spring, New York with his wife and son.

Bob Carr – Bob recently joined Premier as VP of Sales.

In his new position at Premier, Bob will be responsible for helping grow overall sales. Bob has two distinct areas that he works well in.  He loves coming up with creative solutions to difficult projects as well as helping clients get the best value from their print spend. He has been in the print industry for over 38 years and has worked at a ½ dozen printers over 30 plus years in NY/CT/ME and also owned a mid-sized printing company.

Most recently, Bob was a National Account Manager for Allied Printing and held sales roles at JS McCarthy and Thames Printing. Bob lives in Thomaston, CT with his wife Pam.


Mark Lee – Mark joined Premier in January 2018 with the goal of bringing new business relationships to Premier

In his new position at Premier, Mark will be responsible for helping grow overall sales and delivering targeted, personalized direct mail solutions to clients.

Mark’s background in print sales goes back 35 years.  He joined a very large printing company’s sales training program after graduating from Indiana University in 1982.  His first sales assignment was working on the JC Penney Catalogs, they were about 1,000 pages, with print runs over 10 million. No internet in 1983!

Most recently, Mark worked at RR Donnelly, and Bedwick and Jones Printing.

Mark is originally from a small-town in Indiana and he and his wife have lived in Fairfield, CT with their three children since 1995.

 Tom Meehan – Tom joined Premier in December 2017 as VP Solutions – Print & Mail Specialist.

In his new position at Premier, Tom will be responsible for helping grow overall sales by developing long-term business relationships.

Tom loves our new HP Inkjet Web Press and is excited about bringing high-speed variable color solutions to Premier’s clients.

Tom has worked in the printing industry since graduating from Northeastern University (winners of the 2018 Beanpot!).  Most recently, Tom worked in sales at Frye Communications and RR Donnelly. He lives in Orange CT with his wife JoAnn.


“We are excited about the potential that this group of talent brings to Premier” says Sean Huban, Premier’s Chief Revenue Officer.  “They have already hit the ground running and have recently added more than 25 new accounts”.

Based in Stratford, Premier is a single source provider of transactional and marketing communication solutions.

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