Hall of Fame--Gillispie - A Survivor
Variety of Vocations
Born June 4, 1942, Gillispie opted for variety in his early vocations. He spent five years in the Peace Corps, from 1964 to 1969, before joining the Sterling Institute as a management consultant. After leaving Sterling in 1972, he became director for the National Drug Abuse Training Center/Abt Associates, a post he maintained until 1975.
It seems Gillispie sought out the diversity of different cultures, as well.
"There seems to have been several strong themes throughout my career," Gillispie notes. "First, I have sought to do things that would somehow make the world a better place in which to live. Second, I have had a strong interest in how and why different cultures work and have sought the stimulation of cultural, ethnic and religious diversity. At the same time, I have gravitated toward leadership and the management of change. The Peace Corps presented a natural avenue to pursue all of these themes.
"Later, as a result of my work with publicly funded enterprises, I decided to focus my energies on the value-added side of creating jobs and building the revenue and tax streams that are the underpinnings of any great quality of life," he adds. "This led me to business school at the University of Virginia, which led to a meeting that resulted in my joining the William Byrd Press in 1978—and a third career in printing with Cadmus."
Gillispie interned at the William Byrd Press while still a student at the University of Virginia Business School and took on a full-time role upon graduating. It was his duty of booking and workflow management that provided him with a good grounding in every aspect of the printing operation. Among the finer points he learned were the difficulties of selling a job and the challenges of getting it produced on time, making it profitable and ensuring it resembles the customer's original order.