2007 Printing Industry Hall of Fame — Building a Golden Dome - Tim Poole
“I was enrolled in a vocational school,” he says. “My mom had five kids, and my dad married into a large family. College was never really an option and, since I was a hard-working guy, I saw vocational school as my way into the work world.”
After the unofficial internship on the ATF Chief, Poole switched his vocational studies from electronics to printing. (“I liked taking components apart and putting them back together.”) After graduating from high school, Poole’s father asked him to join Dome Printing. Hesitant at first, a series of personal setbacks prompted him to pack up and head West in search of a career in the graphic arts.
When Poole first joined Dome in 1979, the company was generating only about $400,000 in annual revenues. While Ray Poole was comfortable with the size of the company, his son wanted to build an infrastructure that would support much more capacity. Together they bolstered Dome’s press arsenal within a five-year period.
“My Father Taught Me...”
Poole credits his father for guiding his print education. “I had aspirations to attend Cal Poly, so I could learn the business side and learn more about printing,” Poole says. “His [father’s] reaction was, ‘I’ll teach you everything you need to know.’ That was the foundation for my learning. I also had some incredible mentors, like Wallace Stettinius at Cadmus Communications. Along the way, I learned the value of networking. I have met some very good people with whom I’ve stayed in touch with over the years.”
He is also thankful of the opportunity Ray Poole provided in allowing him to assume a critical role at Dome Printing as a young man. It was certainly an investment that paid big dividends.
“He made sure that I had the tools to learn, and the opportunities to go places and do things at a young age,” Poole says of his father. “He afforded me the opportunity that other people might not have gotten. I was 21 and already going to trade shows to learn about new equipment. My father did a great job of making sure he had a good succession plan in place.”
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