2008 HOF — A Year to Remember
The company currently posts sales of $13 million to $14 million per year. According to Mayes, ColorCraft did a good job of keeping pace with technology and following profitable trends for ancillary products and services.
“We were always a sheetfed printer. But we made the progression from being ‘just a printer’ to offering mailing, fulfillment, digital and variable data services,” he notes.
Over the years, Mayes has learned to divest himself from handling every aspect of the business. “I’m a hands-on person and, to be honest, letting go was difficult for me,” he says. “But as we grew, I had no choice.”
Mayes derives much satisfaction from planning the growth of his company, from purchasing equipment to recruiting and hiring. Similarly, his involvement with the PIA/GATF has been a rewarding experience.
“Attending PIA/GATF meetings, participating on their committees and being involved on their executive committee has been a richly rewarding experience,” Mayes says. “It provides a strong focus and enables me to make sound business decisions.”
Certainly, Mayes has left his imprint on the PIA/GATF. Just ask its president and CEO, Michael Makin.
“Jim is one of the finest individuals I have ever had the privilege to work with,” Makin notes. “He is a consummate professional whose attention to detail and customer service are legendary in Washington. No matter what project Jim is involved in, he gives it his full attention. He is also one of the most caring and principled people I have ever met, always putting family first. Jim is a prince of a man.”
Mayes has served as chairman for the PIVA local affiliate (1997-98 and 2006-07), as well as serving with the PIA/GATF at the national level (2005). He is currently chairman of the research committee and the Premier Print awards. Mayes also chairs the C.S. Monroe Technical Center’s graphic communications advisory board.