Richard Gebbie Honored With NAPM Sue Foster Award


ANNAPOLIS, MD — Feb. 21, 2022 ― The National Association of Presort Mailers (NAPM recognized Richard Gebbie, CEO, Midwest Direct, Cleveland, OH, with the prestigious NAPM Sue Foster Award at its recent 2022 Annual Conference.

“Rich has supported the NAPM for over 30 years and helped the association become what it is today,” said NAPM Executive Director Bob Galaher. “Rich’s company, Midwest Direct, was one of the founding members of NAPM back in 1984, and he has personally guided our association over many years and through good times and hard times for our members.”

“When the pandemic began and the impact on our industry ensued, Rich immediately thought about how NAPM could help and along with the NAPM Board developed support initiatives – not only for NAPM members, but for all in the mailing industry,” Bob said. “Rich is also one of our more strategic thinkers,” Galaher said, “often looking into the future and helping the association establish directions and initiatives that benefit all members.”

Gebbie serves as elected President on the NAPM Board and also chairs the association’s Governance Committee. He is active on NAPM’s Strategic Planning Committee and the Finance & Operations Committee.

Gebbie co-founded Midwest Presort Mailing Services, Inc. with his brother James Gebbie in 1982 and is now Chief Executive Officer. Midwest Direct is a marketing and communications company focused on helping marketers deliver engaging messages, delivering over 2 million messages every day that land in mailboxes, inboxes and in online ads. He has led the technical, logistical, and digital innovation efforts internally and consistently strives to elevate the entire industry to learn and adapt modernization techniques. Throughout his career, he has held positions of increasing responsibility in sales, production, and executive management. He has managed operations with multimillion-dollar budgets, in multiple states. Midwest Direct is now one of the largest mailing service providers in Ohio.

Gebbie is industry co-chair of the USPS Central Area AIM, a past member of the U.S. Postal Service Mailers Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC), past co-chair of the Cleveland Postal Customer Council and has been an active member for 35 years, and also serves as director on one of the boards for fundraising of the City Mission in Cleveland Ohio.

As a hobby, he designs and builds “one off” custom cars. Rich lives in Mentor Ohio, and has 3 children, and 6 grandchildren.

The Sue Foster Award was created by NAPM as its highest award of distinction, named in memory of Sue Foster who worked for the NAPM for many years. Sue was the stalwart matriarch of the NAPM who often kept the Association functioning in the earlier years of its growing pains. She demonstrated complete dedication, passion and commitment to the organization and its members.

Sue had unparalleled loyalty and passion for the NAPM and her contributions to the organization helped make it what it is today. In developing the Sue Foster Award, nominees are individuals who have made significant contributions in support of the NAPM and should exemplify the dedication and loyalty to the association exhibited by Sue Foster.

About the National Association of Presort Mailers

The National Association of Presort Mailers (NAPM) is an association of firms concerned with postal programs, particularly those that support streamlined automated mail. Representing a significant percentage of the presort mailing industry, the NAPM is currently comprised of over 90 corporate members operating over 140 locations in 38 states. Our members interact with tens of thousands of postal customers, advising them on mailing benefits and standards, and providing services that facilitate consumer business mailings.

The NAPM plays a significant role in representing the interest of our membership to the executive management of the U.S. Postal Service including its Board of Governors, the Postal Regulatory Commission, and appropriate members of Congress. We do this through direct interaction, written filings and communications, and collaboration with other industry associations and advocates. For information, click here or call (800) 500-6276.

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