These 20-Under-40 Up-and-Coming Printing Industry Executives Share Their Success Stories
In 2012, Gadd and a group of investors acquired Hotcards.com, an online postcard, flyer, and general commercial printing and design company. Today, Gadd still brings with him that unbridled enthusiasm and relentless energy that moved him to start a neighborhood landscaping company at the tender age of 10. Through all the ups and downs offered by the business world, he fully believes that the joy is in the journey and refuses to miss out on it.
"Optimism is critical," Gadd notes. "I work hard to infuse my team with energy. I also place a lot of trust in the people around me and let them do what they do best. I stay focused like a laser beam on our goals and plow through to completion—giving up is not an option. Luck helps, too."
A tireless community activist, he is a board member of Big Brothers/Big Sisters, sits on the 2016 Republican National Convention Advisory Council, co-chairs Cleveland Rocks New Year's Eve and was named to Crain's Cleveland 40-under-40 list for 2014. And, in October of 2013, he organized a charity event that saw 21 people (himself included) do a full-body burn that earned a "Guinness Book of World Records" entry while raising $10,000 for two local charities. Yes, 21 people were set on fire.
Gadd is single and living the dream in the Cleveland suburb of Chagrin Falls. He is known around town as Uncle John.
Mark Levenson, 36
Production Operations Manager
Thousand Oaks, CA
OK, let's get this out of the way. If the last name rings a bell, it should—Mark Levenson is the son of legendary professor Dr. Harvey Levenson, professor emeritus and director of the Graphic Communication Institute at Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, CA. Lest you think the younger Mr. Levenson has been afforded special consideration due to his obvious pedigree, let us quickly disabuse you of that notion.