20-40 Visionaries — Young Turks Set the Pace
“I found myself exposed at an early age to an industry that captivated and energized me,” he remarks.
He set out on his own in 1992 by opening World Class Mailing, a mailing services company he sold in 1996 in order to join Valco Graphics and launch its mailing services division. Loken has held titles including general manager, executive vice president and COO. Valco was recently acquired by Cenveo (formerly called Mail-Well).
Loken relishes integrating technology into the industry and counts planning and execution as strong suits toward his goal of creating a results-based organization. He finds it important to be able to call audibles and remain stride for stride in a fast-paced business environment.
“It would be easy to get caught up in my work life excessively,” he admits. “I strive hard each day to strike a healthy balance between my personal and professional life.”
Loken and wife Janis have three daughters—Chelsea, 13, Brianna, 10, and Jessica, 7. When he’s not coaching one of his girls’ soccer teams (or playing himself), he tries to convince his nearly 100-lb. Bernese Mountain canine that she is not a lap dog.
Joel Quadracci, 35
Senior VP of Sales and Administration, Quad/Graphics, Sussex, WI
If the last name sounds familiar, it should. The Quadracci family is U.S. printing royalty, the largest family owned commercial printing operation in this country—maybe the world. Even more renown than its wildly successful operations is the company’s base core values of honesty, integrity and trust, set forth by its founder, the late Harry V. Quadracci, and passed down by Joel’s grandfather, Harry R. Quadracci, himself a legendary print pioneer with the W.A. Krueger Co. Harry V. built a printing empire while establishing a common-man rapport with his employees, who he viewed as family. Larger than life, the Quad/Graphics founder once entertained a company function by riding in on an elephant.