HOF 05 Something to Prove -- Michael Marcian
"If Mike thinks there's market demand for roasting marshmallows on top of a flagpole, he'll buy a flagpole," Heyer quips.
Marcian's list of industry efforts include stints on various PIA/GATF committees and task forces. A past chairman of the PIA, Marcian served as the president of Printing & Graphic Communications Association (PGCA) in 1996 and 1997, prior to its merger with the Printing & Imaging Industries of Maryland that created PGAMA. He was a member of PGCA's executive committee from 1989 to 1993. He also served on the RIT advisory committee from 1988 to 1997.
In his spare time, Marcian is involved in land development, something he was turned on to by French. In the last eight years, Marcian and Chuck Cook (a Corporate Press executive) have sold 90 residential lots. He's also an ardent home builder, having specified six houses, and a motorcycle enthusiast.
And, as a farmer, he raises black Angus cows. The retirement plan calls for Marcian to expand his freezer beef business.
Although Marcian has proven the naysayers wrong, the counselor indignations wouldn't end. When his wife of 33 years, Carolyn, and Mike Jr. met with his high school counselor about 10 years ago, the counselor seemed concerned when Mike Jr. stated that his objective was to be a printing salesman.
"The counselor looks at Mike, looks down, looks at my wife, and said, 'You know, his grades are not that bad. He could do much more in life,' " Marcian recounts. "My son responded to (the counselor), 'My dad was a printing salesman and did quite well financially.' The counselor just had no idea about the printing world."