These 20-Under-40 Up-and-Coming Printing Industry Executives Share Their Success Stories
Becoming president was, in many ways, a trial by fire. "I've seen the ups and down," Kallas says. "I was involved on the production side with a lot of the ups, which is 14- to 16-hour days, sometimes. And I experienced the downs of a severe recession in 2008. There's no better opportunity to learn about business than in a down market."
During his 14 years in the industry, Kallas has developed a knack for working with people. He finds much satisfaction in watching their personal development, as well, and truly buys into the team concept of moving forward as a company.
"I wouldn't want to do this job if it was all about me," he says. "Getting everyone on our team motivated and building a business for growth for the future...it's all exciting and this is just the beginning for us.
"I feel very fortunate to be working with the people at MET and I attribute any and all of the successes we've had to them. It's a collaboration of everybody that has put us where we are today. We're not the biggest company, but I know the product we produce is the best."
Kallas owes much of his printing industry savvy to his father and MET founder, George Kallas, a firm believer in giving back to the community. The Kallas family has also held firm to an old Greek adage that, when roughly translated to English, says "I'd rather lose my eye than my name." A reputation for being fair, honorable and honest is highly valued; its loss is no small matter.
Three senior executives—Bob Faulkner, vice president of sales and marketing; Mike Winteringham, COO; and Scott Gray, vice president of brand—have all contributed to the younger Kallas' learning experience. He's been able to borrow a page from each of their books. "It's been a great ride working for them," Kallas adds.