2013 Hall of Fame : Bill Fitzgerald - It Was Love at First Sight
"Bill didn't want to not do anything. He problem-solved it pretty impressively," Shipman says. "He was from a sheetfed shop and we were more web-based, so Bill really helped us plan out our projects to make them the most efficient. It was obvious that he knew all aspects of printing, and the value for our side was just huge."
Brian Lane has known Fitzgerald since they were in high school, and the two remain best friends (and served as the best man in their respective weddings). Lane, who has spent his 35-year career with a number of printing companies, describes Fitzgerald as "a giving guy with a heart of gold. He'd give you the shirt off his back, but he wouldn't want anyone else to know that he did that. Bill doesn't flaunt it when he helps somebody.
"He's my best friend and I think the world of him."
Away from the office, Fitzgerald enjoys golfing (he boasts an 8.0 handicap index). While he's not much of a traveler, he's hardly a stay-at-home person, either, spending time with his adult kids (Mike, 27; Sean, 24; and Heather, 22) and friends when his schedule allows. Sean works at Universal Wilde, as does Fitzgerald's ex-wife, Sharon, who remains good friends with her former husband.
Suffice to say, there are few nights where you'd find Bill Fitzgerald plopped in front of the television set.
"I'm not the type that lets life pass by," he admits. PI