Women in Printing — It’s a Man’s World (Not!)May 2008 By Cheryl Adams
For some women, infiltrating the “Good Ol’ Boys Club” long associated with printing has been extremely challenging. For others, gender hasn’t been that much of a factor when breaking into (and rising up in) this traditionally male-dominated business.
However, like most businesswomen (no matter what the field), being female in a corporate world of suits and ties often requires women to be intuitive, intelligent and wise.
Not so long ago, many women in printing were either part of a family owned business or were wives of print shop owners. Today, there are many independent women who start and run their own companies, or who have ascended the leadership (and ownership) ladder of their family’s firms—and are achieving great success on their own.
Below is a small sampling of these amazing ladies. May they stand up and take a bow!
Carol Stream, IL
Tina Tromiczak didn’t grow up dreaming of landing a high-powered career in printing. In fact, she happened upon it.
In 1983, she joined RR Donnelley in the human resources department at one of its largest manufacturing facilities. She didn’t know much about HR, and she knew little to nothing about printing; she just answered a help-wanted ad in the newspaper.
By 1989, a career in printing had found Tromiczak, not the other way around. She moved from HR to a management position in manufacturing at Donnelley and came face-to-face with her destiny.
In her 21-year stint at RR Donnelley, Tromiczak held the positions of HR manager; bindery manager; pressroom manager; international HR director; vice president of operations for central region Financial; vice president of strategy, Financial Business Unit; and senior vice president of operations, Donnelley Financial Print Business. Tromiczak was the first female to serve in the last three positions mentioned above.
Tromiczak says the biggest milestone of her career happened in 2001, when she landed the position of president of Berlin Industries—a single-source provider of web offset commercial printing, digital one-to-one solutions, database management, direct mail services, custom fulfillment and distribution. The company employs 400 people and reported $70 million in sales in 2007.
On a personal note, Tromiczak is a member of the Advertising Women of New York and the Women Presidents’ Association in Chicago. She also serves on the board for Christopher House, a not-for-profit family resource center for low-income children and families.