20-40 Visionaries — Young Turks Set the Pace
A cabinetmaker in his spare time, Kluetz and his wife of 17 years, Brenda, have two daughters: Kayla, 11, and Abagail, 7. The family cat, Bobby, enjoys spending time with the girls. A dog, Leah, was adopted by the Kluetzes, or vice versa. The dog jumped into the family van while Brenda was picking the children up from school. “That dog laid down in the seat and has never left my wife’s side,” her husband reports.
Wes Menefee, 29
President, Metropolitan Printing, Bloomington, IN
The youngest member of our young executives club, Menefee is a proud product of Consolidated Graphics’ Leadership Development Program. The Texas A&M graduate took part in the training program at San Antonio-based Clear Visions in 1999, and cut his teeth on such fundamentals as purchasing, estimating, accounting and planning. In his final year in the program, Menefee served as production manager for Clear Visions.
The climb at Metropolitan Printing was swift for Menefee, who came aboard as vice president in August of 2002 and became president in October of that year.
“I liked the opportunity to excel and succeed in a very challenging and changing business,” Menefee remarks. “The Leadership Development Program gave me this opportunity to progress and become a positive leader and contributor of a substantial company. I looked at several other vocations, but this offered everything I was seeking.”
What has helped Menefee along the way is the ability to adapt to any business situation or climate. “Each problem or opportunity has its own dynamics,” he says. “Finding the right solution in each is the key.”
His mentor at Clear Visions, President Ned Steck, imparted on him the importance of taking a big-picture approach to problem solving. What has helped Menefee is his own penchant for never being satisfied and yearning to climb the “endless mountain.”