20-40 Visionaries — Young Turks Set the Pace
In his early days with the company, Oliver worked in various departments, including hand bindery, conventional prepress and estimating. “During this time period, I saw the advances being made in electronic prepress and spearheaded our entry into that area,” he notes. “Before becoming president, I was mostly involved in sales, marketing and estimating.”
Among his strengths as a manager are flexibility and objectivity, and he feels his style is one of reason and fairness. Ethics are important to him, as is communicating expectations in an open manner. It is also important, Oliver believes, to embrace new technologies.
“It is one thing to be a good hitter and another to understand the game of baseball,” he says. “I’ve worked hard to keep a finger on the pulse of the company and clients, while developing a more global understanding of industry issues and opportunities.”
Oliver has followed the basic tenets that have allowed Oliver Printing to succeed for more than 80 years—the same principles handed down to him from his father, uncle and grandfather. “There is no substitute for determination and hard work,” he says.
“Since our inception, our operation has been based on sound business and financial principles. But equally important are strong business ethics and what it means to continue what was started some 80 years ago.”
Aside from spending time with his wife of 13 years (Kim) and two daughters (Mackenzie, 8, and Madison, 5) Oliver enjoys traveling, reading and collecting wine.
Michael Murphy, 32
President, Japs-Olson, St. Louis Park, MN
When your family has more than 100 years of combined experience in the commercial printing industry, it is safe to say that ink flows through the arteries.
Michael Murphy was born to be a printer; his father, Robert, is an industry legend known for friendliness and efforts to give freely of his time to support industry associations. Michael graduated from the prestigious Rochester Institute of Technology in 1993 with a degree in print management, then joined the family business as a manager of desktop publishing the same year. He served stints as prepress manager, vice president of technology/operations and COO before becoming president.