20-40 Visionaries — Young Turks Set the Pace
Joel and his wife, Caran, are the parents of two daughters, Meghan and Halle. He enjoys golfing and partakes in downhill skiing during the winter. He is currently sailing competitively with two of his cousins on a lake near his home.
Mark Angstrom, 39
Senior VP of Sales, St Ives Hollywood, Hollywood, FL
The fork in the road for Mark Angstrom came after an internship with the investment banking/brokerage firm of Drexel Burnham Lambert. The stock broker trainee, touting a degree from the University of Connecticut, was weighing a job offer to work for that company. He also interviewed with Maxwell Graphics, and they offered him a job at their Chicago sales office.
Commercial printing won out, for the ties that bind were a little too strong to ignore. His father, Wayne Angstrom, had forged a name for himself in the industry.
“Deep down, I knew I’d like to follow in my father’s footsteps,” Angstrom says. “I felt that the people in the printing industry were a different breed, and I enjoyed that. And being able to work in Chicago was also a factor, since it’s home for me.”
Maxwell Graphics wasn’t Angstrom’s first venture into the printing business. He worked in the bindery department at RR Donnelley over summers and Christmas breaks, unloading mail bags off trucks, and eventually moving to the mailing portion of the bindery line.
Working in the bindery gave Angstrom a better understanding of “what it takes to do the work. It gives you appreciation for what you have to control to produce the perfect product for customers.”
Angstrom worked at Maxwell from 1989 to 1992, following the company’s acquisition by Quebecor Printing. In July of 1992 he left that organization to join his father at St Ives as a sales representative—first in Chicago, then in Hollywood, FL.