2011 Hall of Famers: In A Class by Themselves –Michelson
Finding a perfect partner was also critical in the rise of Classic Graphics, co-founded by David Pitts and Bill Gardner. Pitts credits Gardner’s strong people and motivational skills as the perfect complement to his technical and financial management strengths. The tandem have successfully grown the company from a fledgling business with a used camera, press and paper cutter in 1983 into a $50 million performer known for its financial discipline, process controls and best practices.
And don’t forget Joel Quadracci, chairman, president and CEO of Quad/Graphics—the fourth member of the Quadracci clan (his father, grandfather and uncle) to enter the Hall of Fame. When I notified Joel that he had been chosen by the judges to be inducted, he responded, “At age 42, aren’t I too young?” I reminded him how he has already faced a lifetime’s worth of challenges and victories in his two decades spent working at Quad. Joel has admirably filled the shoes of his late father, Harry V., who was bigger than life. Last year alone, he engineered the biggest acquisition (Quebecor/Worldcolor) ever made within the U.S. printing industry and took the 25,000 employee-strong company public. If that doesn’t qualify for wisdom gained beyond one’s age, I don’t know what more could. PI
–Mark T. Michelson