Hall of Fame--Canzano - Riding Technology to the Cutting-edge
Yet, were it not for taking chances in the early stages, buying into ideas others may have deemed fly-by-night, Acme Printing may not have differentiated itself from the rest of the commercial printing crowd. Thus far, Canzano notes, the risk-taking has served Acme well.
"There are arrows, paths, you take along the way, and some things don't make it," he adds. "If you're not willing to try, not willing to take educated gambles, you will not be successful. Our gambles on Hell and Scitex were successful. However, it is essential that you have the right kind of personnel with you who buy into it and want it to succeed. I was fortunate enough to have people who would prod me, people who were deep into technologies. If you want it to succeed, 99 percent of the time you'll be successful. The rewards and benefits we reaped were incredible."
Willing to Share
Jim Middleton, the former president of New England Book Components (now retired), always admired how Canzano not only placed his company at the fore of technological endeavors, but also shared knowledge with contemporaries.
"Fran always tried to be active in various organizations, was always willing to speak regarding technology trends," Middleton notes. "He's been a good printing citizen, always willing to take the time and extend his efforts to help others understand what's going on."
Canzano has another long-time admirer in Bob McVoy, the senior graphics production manager with Polaroid. The two were classmates at RIT and their business paths have crossed over the past 35 years.
"Fran's been a leader in the printing industry for a long time," he remarks. "An important part of this industry is sharing knowledge, and Fran has always been willing to share his information."
It is Canzano's compassion for the men and women who have toiled over the years in his employ that led to one of his toughest business decisions. In April 1998, Canzano sold Acme Printing to the Commercial Division of World Color. He felt that to maintain Acme's standing within the printing community, substantial capital investments needed to be made.