As part of its journey to becoming a World Class Organization, Custom Direct started the Team Excellence Award Program

Custom Direct has presented the Team Excellence Award to project or process improvement teams for three years. Receiving this award is the highest honor that an employee can receive while working at Custom Direct. Teams are eligible for this award if they have completed a specific project or process improvement that supports an organizational strategic objective. If the team has met these criteria, then those employees can be nominated by the team sponsor. This year, the three finalists were the QA Work Standardization Team, the Light Print Reject Reduction Team, and the MPEA Application Writing Team. These finalists presented to the Executive Team to determine which one would win the Team Excellence Award for 2008.

The 2008 winner of Custom Direct’s Team Excellence Award was the QA Work Standardization Team. The team members included, Gloria Griffin, Fran Harris, Teresa Jones, Jen Sanches, Vicki St. Clair, the team leader, and Sherry Jordan as facilitator. The set of objectives for this team were to develop standard work instructions for the QA process in order to improve workflow and minimize the number of defects. Since their new process was put in place, the team members have seen productivity improve as much as 35% and reduced cross shipments by 81%. These winning team members will receive a letter of recognition from the CEO, trophy, cash award, and a lunch with the Executive Team. Congratulations to everyone on the QA Work Standardization Team! Your hard work is very much appreciated as Custom Direct continues on its journey to becoming a World Class Organization!

About Custom Direct:

Offering an array of products, Custom Direct is an environmentally friendly company that has been operating since 1992. Initially only producing checks, Custom Direct has grown to produce other stationary products, custom designed and printed products, and anti-fraud services. With so much to offer, Custom Direct truly has something for everyone.


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PRPro, the new online media contact service from Gebbie Press

PRPro, the new online media contact service from Gebbie Press, includes US Daily and Weekly newspapers, Radio and TV stations and Trade and Consumer magazines, as well as Black and Hispanic media.

Gebbie Press, provider of industry leading media directories since 1955, announced that it is now offering PRPro, the new powerful online version of their Gebbie Press All-In-One Media Directory. Because the information is now delivered online, customers have a complete solution to act on the media contact information without needing to export to a spreadsheet, database, or various “point” solutions.

“We pride ourselves on being one of the longest continuously operating, privately held media directory publishers in the U.S.,” said Mark Gebbie, president and owner of Gebbie Press, Inc. “Online delivery of our content to our customers is something that we’ve considered for several years. But we didn’t want to offer only a limited online application, as many of our competitors have done. We wanted to provide a true turnkey solution for our customers to view the information, search it, and then to act on it, all through the same application”.

Features include the ability to create targeted email campaigns, export fax numbers, print mailing labels and reports. US Daily and Weekly newspapers, Radio and TV stations and Trade and Consumer Magazines may be selected by state, metro market rank, circulation, station format or network and zip code radius. Black and Hispanic media are included.

The new Gebbie Press online PRPro version is available now and a free trial version may be found at

Gebbie Press has been in business since 1955 and has earned a reputation for providing a high quality media directories at a value price. Gebbie media directories are in use at thousands of universities, PR, marketing and advertising firms, public libraries, all branches of local, state and federal government, major corporations, associations, hospitals, non-for-profit organizations and many other organization that need to publicize products or services. For more information, see

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