President, Record Printing Co.
Brad Eslick is President at Record Printing Company. Currently in his 32-year tenure he oversees all company operations. Brad has been one of the employee owners of Record Printing Company for the last 18 years. Brad is currently the Chairman of the Board of PIM and has been actively involved with the association for over 20 years.
President, J-C Press
Patrick McDermott is President and owner of J-C Press, a 159-year-old printing company, located in Owatonna, MN. Patrick entered the commercial printing industry in 2011 bringing more than 15 years’ progressive sales and manufacturing operations leadership experience from diverse global operations. Patrick is an active member of the community, he serves on many boards including the Printing Industry Midwest Board of Directors.
President, Barnhart Press
I was born in 1957 and starting working part time for the family business shortly after graduating from second grade. Printing has been in our family since the late 1880’s, and there was always something to do or help out with all through my formative years. I attended the University of Nebraska and graduated with a business degree in 1980; during the same years I also attended the University of Pittsburg, Kansas for additional graphic arts and printing education during the summer months. In 1981, I started full time with Barnhart Press as a sales representative, became a vice president and then president in 2007. I directed the sales, marketing and equipment acquisition during my tenure with a lot of help from family and dedicated employees. I was named the Distinguished Printer of the Year for Nebraska in 2014 and in 2016 merged and moved the company to our new central Omaha location. My job now mostly involves working with new and existing clients, to guide and educate them with the old and new technologies and processes the we have to offer. There are many non digital processes that the younger client is not aware of, and many new digital processes that the older client is not aware of. The Circle of Life!
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President, Ideal Printers
Lana Siewert-Olson is President of Ideal Printers in St. Paul, MN. Prior to joining the family business in 1988, she worked for another printing company in the Twin Cities. At Ideal Printers she started in Customer Service and then on to Sales and has been president since 2002. She is a past board member of NAWBO and past chair of the board at PIM and is currently our national board rep at the Printing Industry of America.
CEO, American Spirit Graphics Corp.
Darren grew up in the printing industry, working summers and breaks in the company’s bindery and maintenance departments. Immediately after college, Darren began working full time for American Spirit. He oversaw the integration of American Spirit’s first acquisition, its Des Moines facility, over 20 years ago. The Carlson Print Group and American Spirit Mailing additions came in the next few years. He took over running the companies nearly 15 years ago. Since then American Spirit has added a database marketing firm (American Spirit Data Solutions) and their own technology development company (American Spirit Technology Group). Darren continues to lead these 5 companies and has been active on the PIM Board for the past several years.
President, Forum Communications Printing
Dennis has worked within the Newspaper Publishing and Printing profession for a period spanning forty-one years. He has worked in nine different Daily Newspaper markets in Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, South Dakota and North Dakota. Newspapers with circulation ranges of 86,000 to market sizes of 18,0000. He has held various positions in Sales and Marketing along with Publisher and Director of Daily Newspapers for Forum Communications Company. As Vice President of Forum Communications Printing Hall oversees five Commercial Printing Plants. These facilities print and produce Newspapers, Magazines, Ad Inserts along with Direct Mail material.
Director of Strategic Analysis, The Mittera Group
As Vice President of New Business Development, Perry brings more than 30 years of experience in communications technology, printing, mailing, and fulfillment to Mittera and its customers. He began his career as a systems analyst with Meredith Corporation, quickly working his way up to IT Fulfillment Manager before launching out as an entrepreneurial partner-owner of Des Moines-based Devan Direct Marketing. He sold the business to Colorfx in 2000. Perry holds a BA from Central College and an MBA from Drake University and was named 2014 Iowa Distinguished Printer of the Year by Printing Industry Midwest. At work, he currently works with customers to bring quality products and services that generate new revenue to Mittera. Perry have been involved with multiple acquisitions over the past 15 years.
CEO, Anchor Paper
Brooke Lee is the CEO and the 4th generation family owner of Anchor Paper Company located in downtown St. Paul. Brooke began working at Anchor in 2006 as a Purchasing agent. She spent her first seven years in various roles in the Fine Paper, Industrial & Packaging, Seed Solutions & Converting divisions. Since becoming the CEO in 2014, Brooke has been recognized by the National Association of Women Business Owners with an Achieve Award for leading a company into the fourth generation of business. She was also chosen as a 2017 recipient of the (Real) Power 50 Award. Brooke serves on several industry, Community & non-profit Boards, to include the National Paper Trade Association, the Association of Independent Printing Paper Merchants, Minnehaha Academy, and Spare Key. When Brooke is not slinging Paper & Packaging, she can be found enjoying outdoor activities and spending time with friends & family at her cabin on Big Sandy Lake. She is an avid MN sports fan and enjoys Curling at the St. Paul Curling Club.
President/CEO, Bang Printing
Tom’s first paying job involved racking sheets from a letterpress at a Bloomington MN printer in 1973. His actual printing career began in 1981 when he joined CARDSource (then called Plastic Products) as part of the sales team. Toms philosophy of “Making a Positive Difference” helped the company grow, to become one of the largest card personalization sites in the country. Tom became President of CARDSource in 1985, completed the Carlson School MEP program, and became a certified life coach. Tom has owned CARDSource since 2003, and has served as a PIM board member since 2016.
President, Graphic Finishing Services
Rick started working in the printing business in 1970. In the 1980’s and 1990’s he worked for The John Roberts Company. Started Graphic Finishing Services Inc. in 1998. Graphic Finishing Services specializes in Soft cover and Lay-flat PUR Perfect Binding and other bindery services. Rick has been a PIM Board member since 2013. He truly enjoy serving as a PIM board member.
President, Feiereison, Inc.
Greg started in the printing industry in 1983 working as a letterpress operator. Greg has over 35 years of experience in the industry all the way from sweeping to running a 40” Foil stamping Press. Greg purchased the business in 2006 when his father John Ortmann retired. Greg previously served on the Printing Industries of the Midwest board in the early 2000’s, and has recently rejoined the board for the Printing Industries Midwest.
Founder and CEO, Northstar Converting LLC
Nico Wyrobek is co-founder and President of Morris Packaging Minnesota (MPM). Nico sits on the Board of Printing Industry Midwest and is the Past Chapter Chair for the Twin Cities Chapter of the Young President’s Organization. She is a member of Children’s Council, which supports Children’s Hospital’s mission by creating lifelong relationships for the next generation through awareness, engagement and action. Nico serves on the Board of the Edina Hockey Association. She is also a member of C200, a community of the most successful women in business, representing companies with more than $1.2 trillion in combined revenue and employing more then 2.5 million people. Nico holds a Masters in Business Management from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, a Juris Doctor from the University of Minnesota, and a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota. She completed her undergraduate degree at Middlebury College where she was a two time National Champion in Women’s Hockey. Nico’s most difficult and favorite job title is Mom to two sons (6 and 4), a daughter (2) and three stepdaughters (21, 19, and 17).