1998 Hall of Fame--The Son Also Rises
"Next year, the Web Offset Association has set aside $40,000 in scholarship money," Spenlinhauer says. "I hope the registration form for next year's meeting will have a place for companies to make a donation to the scholarship fund, and maybe we can raise another $40,000 or $50,000 from the various web offset printers.
"I believe we need to help young adults come into this industry."
Michael and Eric are living proof of that belief. One day, Spenlinhauer hopes to pass the torch to his son and nephew—with Brad Pelletier, Spencer's COO, there to aid in the transition. In the meantime, selling out is not an option.
"If you talk to any independent printer today," Spenlinhauer says, "you'll find an entrepreneurial spirit who will say, 'If I'm going to sell, I need to get out.' "
And John Spenlinhauer isn't ready to get out just yet.