These 20-Under-40 Up-and-Coming Printing Industry Executives Share Their Success Stories
"I will do anything to help my team be successful, with the caveat that they are giving it everything they have and are willing to receive feedback and bring new ideas to the table," Feickert says. "I bring creative solutions and outside-the-box thinking, and I certainly learned a hard work ethic growing up working on my uncle's dairy farm."
His father, company CEO Roger Feickert, has been in the printing industry for more than 40 years, and has a reservoir of experiences that are applicable to most scenarios that Justin encounters. The one constant in this ever-changing business, Feickert adds, is his dad's unwavering core values.
"We will maintain a sales-driven organization. We will never say 'no' to a customer. We will treat our people with respect and we will be the best," Feickert recites.
The key to success is progress, and inching forward in the printing industry is a win, he notes. By investing in automation, cross-media, its employee base and other initiatives that offer a positive ROI, Feickert believes Midstates can continue achieving that progress.
When he's not spending time with his wife of 11 years, Toni, and kids Jaidyn (8), Cambry (6) and Corbin (3), Feickert enjoys hunting and fishing, along with competing in triathlons. He's involved in several civic committees, as well as the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.
Rick Lindemann, 37
Total Printing Systems
There was little doubt that Rick Lindemann would somehow end up in the printing industry. After all, his parents—Rich and Wendy—founded Total Printing Systems (TPS) as a commercial shop in 1973, before it transitioned into a book manufacturing operation. Like many of his peers, Lindemann had spent time working in the plant at an early age, sweeping floors and hand collating papers.