About Imlay

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Our History – Ten Years and Counting

In the early 2000’s the printing industry was changing dramatically. 2001 and the months following 9/11 were particularly challenging economically, and the situation was further complicated by the expanding role of communication via email and the internet. As a result, family-owned print shops that had populated the Mid-Atlantic region for decades were consolidating and closing their doors at an alarming rate.

Lincoln Imlay was an experienced commercial printing sales representative who had worked for DC-area commercial offset printers for 20+ years. Lincoln saw the changes occurring and wanted to be able to offer his clients more. The same technology that was causing the printing industry to contract was changing the way printing would be sold in the years to come. High-speed internet connectivity, software and file formats, and proofing technology were all evolving, opening the door for greater efficiency and productivity using manufacturing facilities outside the DC area. In 2004, with all of this in mind, Lincoln founded Imlay International, LLC.

David Orgel began working with Lincoln that first year, creating an effective partnership that combined Lincoln’s sales skills and printing knowledge with David’s editorial background and technical design, production, and prepress expertise.

In January 2007, Shawn Paxton joined Lincoln and David, expanding sales and complementing the team with his experience in the paper business and print estimating.

In April 2007, Imlay International tragically lost its founder, with Lincoln’s untimely passing. Today, Lincoln’s vision and name live on, as Imlay International continues the tradition of providing the highest level of personal service and value to its clients.

The Imlay Staff

C. Lincoln Imlay

Founder

Lincoln Imlay entered the field of commercial printing in the early 1980’s. His work consisted primarily of selling high-quality sheet-fed and web offset printing, consulting with designers and clients, and preparing estimates and proposals. His tenure in printing saw a number of sweeping changes, both in technology and business structure. In 2004, Lincoln founded Imlay International, LLC. His vision was to establish a network of the finest vendor/partner companies available, with the goal of offering clients the highest quality at the lowest prices. Lincoln was a graduate of Bowdoin College. He died suddenly in April 2007.

David H. Orgel

Partner, Operations

David Orgel has more than 35 years’ experience in a range of areas related to printed and electronic communications. Most of his career has focused on the editing and production of technical publications, books, journals, magazines, and other printed materials; in the last decade he has also devoted time to Web design and production and other paperless forms of communication. In 2004, with the idea of focusing on associations and other non-profits as clients, David helped Lincoln Imlay found Imlay International, LLC. David is a graduate of Vassar College.

Shawn T. Paxton

Partner, Sales

Shawn Paxton comes from a three-generation printing family. Early in his career, he held a position in customer service and sales for a local paper merchant. In 1996 Shawn moved back to the printing side of the business, where he spent time working in various departments, including bindery, prepress, customer service and estimating. He moved into a sales role starting in 1999 before partnering with the Imlay team in 2007. Shawn has a BBA in Marketing from Radford University.

Joseph A. Tierney

Account Rep

Joe Tierney is our customer service expert and shipping manager. He has worked directly with the public in a variety of roles since 1996 and excels at interpersonal and business communication. In 2003, he began working for a small Arlington print shop and by 2007, became its production manager. A year later, he proudly joined the Imlay team. Joe has experience with prepress, bindery, estimating, and design. In 2013, he became certified by the USPS as a Mail Design Professional.