Belcher Came Prepared
"As CEO of a public company, I have the opportunity to talk to the financial community—current and potential shareholders—about Banta. That is a lot of fun for me, because I believe so much in this company, its people and what we're doing. It's great to be able to tell the Banta story to other people."
After meeting in Germany more then 40 years ago, Donald and Marie Belcher remain a strong team.
His is most proud of Marie, his wife, friend and partner of 40 years, whom he met during his military stint in Germany. She has backed his every move—supporting the family while he was in graduate school and managing the 20 relocations the Belchers have endured thus far.
"She's always been a great partner and an incredible supporter for everything that I do," he says. "I do not leave a lot of minutes in the day unoccupied, yet she's always there for me, for our family and for our friends. Marie is the light of my life, as well being a terrific mother and grandmother to our three children (Devon, Eric and Kristin) and two grandkids."
It is Belcher's hope that part of the legacy he has left is the understanding that future opportunities for printers will be driven by the ability to add value to customer requirements. "I hope to have had some influence on reinforcing the importance of talent," he says. "Of having the right organization, with people of great integrity—people you can respect—who believe that this business, this industry, is all about serving the customer."
Although he promises to remain busy after retiring from Banta in 2004, Don Belcher will surely have more time for some of his favorite leisure pursuits—such as piloting helicopters.
In 2004, when Belcher winds down his Banta career, it will only mean a reallocation of his activities. The Belchers have traveled to exotic locales from Antarctica to Mongolia, the Amazon River and the Galapagos Islands. They both enjoy scuba diving and ocean sailing. He is a helicopter pilot to boot.