2009 Printing Industry Hall of Fame: A Forward Thinker
Hayes has also benefitted from the experiences gained through the Print America peer group. Visiting other printers' operations has provided immeasurable benefits for Hayes, who considers himself more of a "visual" person. He's forged longtime friendships with some of the biggest personalities in the industry, veteran printers such as Ralph Johnson, Tim Poole, Chuck Delaney and Bill Woods.
"Steve Hayes is a throwback in some ways and a visionary in others," notes Woods, a senior vice president with NAPL. "He's a maverick, a true entrepreneur. Steve makes his mind up where he is going, sets a course and takes everyone along with him for the ride. He is a leader and the kind of print CEO that employees love and rally around.
"On the other hand, Steve has built a state-of-the-art company and a competent, seasoned management team in a methodical and strategic way. I've known Steve for many years, and if I've learned one thing from him, it is to hold fast to your ideals and to weather the storms, knowing that by staying true to your vision and beliefs you will ultimately prevail."
In Poole's eyes, Hayes' passion permeates all aspects of his life, from work to his personal relationships. "He has a high level of compassion and energy, a love of life," says Poole, president of Dome Printing in Sacramento, CA. "He's a man of good character and, most importantly, a good friend."
A people person by nature, Hayes tends to look for the best in individuals. He surrounds himself with quality employees and encourages them to be creative, which allows for personal and professional growth. Profit-sharing enables employees to experience and take more ownership in their work.
Hayes has also been an active participant with the PIA, Printing Industries of the Midlands and NAPL. He's a past president and board member of the Print America peer group, and is involved with numerous organizations, including Ak-Sar-Ben, Boy Scouts of America and the Stephens Center. Outside the office, he enjoys golfing, fishing and gardening.
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