Local businessman to receive hall of fame award
HUNTSVILLE - Don Spring Jr. and Howard Baker Jr. have a few things in common.
Aside from the fact both were named after their fathers, the two men share a hometown.
Spring’s family is well known in Huntsville as a strong community supporter. Don Spring started Cavalcade Color Lab with his brother, Bill, in the 1970s.
Baker, who was a U.S. Senator and served for one year as the chief of staff to former president Ronald Reagan, is also from Huntsville – the one located in Tennessee, according to his biography.
Similarities aside, come the new year, the two men will share one more thing, the highest honour anyone can receive from the photographic/imagery industry.
PMA – formerly known as Photo Marketing Association International – has named Don Spring as the recipient of the 2013 PMA Hall of Fame Award.
PMA is recognizing Spring for his many years of service to the association and to the imaging industry as a whole.
Spring has served PMA in many capacities and roles. From 1997 to 2000, he was the group’s national chair for Canada. He joined its board of directors as a trustee-at-large in 2000, and became vice-president in 2001 before assuming the president’s role in 2003.
He became a PMA Life Member in 2004, and received the PMA Distinguished Service Award in 2010.
“In his service to PMA, Spring follows in the footsteps of his father, Don Spring Sr., who had a 40-year career with Kodak and then spent 15 years as director of Canadian Activities for PMA,” said the group’s executive director Jim Esp. “Don Spring Jr.’s contribution to PMA and our members over several decades in the industry has been truly invaluable. It is an honor to present this award to Don for his unwavering dedication to growing the imaging industry.”
Spring has also served the imaging industry in other capacities. He was a founding member of the buying group Foto Source Canada, now with over 150 locations across the nation. Previously chair of the board, Spring is now president of Foto Source Canada.
He was also chair of the Buck Rogers Photo Finishing Group, a member of both Independent Photo Imagers and the Photographic Research Organization and is a Canadian Imaging Trade Association Canadian Retailer of the Year Award recipient.
Spring said he felt honoured when informed two weeks ago of his award win.
“It is the highest award in the industry, especially when you see the other recipients in there. This is something that you never dream or even think about,” he said.
The award has been presented over the years to a number of pioneers in the photography/imagining industry, including officials from Kodak-Eastman, Olympus, Fuji and Nikon to name a few.
The award was presented to Baker in 1994, who was well-known in circles for his photography skills.
Spring said this award will hold a special place among his career achievements, along with starting Cavalcade Color Lab and co-founding Foto Source Canada.
“Running the business here and all the challenges with technology that we had to contend with and manage ... to be able to ride that out and survive that was sort of a challenge but also a reward to be able to do that.”
Spring will be presented with the PMA Hall of Fame Award in early January at a special ceremony in Las Vegas.