20-40 Visionaries — Young Turks Set the Pace
Wicka’s career has come full circle in one respect. In signing on with IWCO Direct in 2002, he was reunited with Jim Andersen, CEO and president—the same man who hired Wicka right out of college as a sales rep working for Banta. He credits Andersen with instilling in him the sense of responsibility for the good of the group as opposed to the individual.
“Going from straight sales to being responsible for the overall sales results for the company as I did, the lessons Jim taught me really made a positive difference both in my decision-making skills as a manager and as a person outside my ‘day job,’ ” he remarks.
Wicka enjoys working out and spending time with his family—wife Angie, son Nash, 5, and daughter Coco, 2. “I try to appreciate every moment of life, here and now, and not wait for tomorrow too much,” he adds.
David Wacker, 35
President and CEO, Intech Printing and Direct Mail, Naples, FL
For a time, David Wacker pictured himself pursuing a career in professional golf. But deep down he knew it would be difficult to compete against players who had been on the links since they were small children, as was the case with Tiger Woods. And whatever career he would take, Wacker knew that he wanted to be the best performer that his skills would allow.
“I feel that my talents lie within managing people,” he says. “Whatever my career decision, I knew that it would involve management.”
Wacker’s family moved from McLean, VA, to Naples, FL, so that his parents, Norman and Noreen Wacker, could enjoy the sunshine. Norman Wacker sold printing, but soon became bored upon arriving in the Sunshine State and purchased a small printing company, Naples Graphics. Dave, meanwhile,