These 20-Under-40 Up-and-Coming Printing Industry Executives Share Their Success Stories
Still, even though he wrote Excel spreadsheets and Access databases for TPS' scheduling and estimating while in college, Lindemann's master plan was to carve out a niche for himself in the paper industry. Following his sophomore year at Miami (OH) University, he did a co-op for Jefferson Smurfit, working at the firm's Alton corrugated paper mill and its Highland box plant.
"I was looking at going into technical support for paper sales," he says. "I ended up getting married right before my senior year of college. The paper mill where I had interned closed during my junior year of college and, with several other mills closing at the time, I thought I'd have a more stable, secure career in which to start a family in the printing industry."
When Lindemann graduated from Miami with a BS in paper science and engineering (plus a minor in statistical methods), he abandoned his plans to get into the world of paper and joined TPS.
One of the keys in becoming a successful manager is being well-versed with the equipment and software a company uses. "I'm a pretty quick study and always make it a point to get trained on every piece of equipment and software we buy," he says. "Once I know how everything is supposed to work, it's much easier to help our employees do their jobs better."
Lindemann is energized by new technologies. Knowing precisely what tools are available that could benefit one's company is paramount in staying ahead of the curve, and the competition. Lindemann is proud of the fact that TPS was the first U.S. book printer to install the Scitex VersaMark MPS Twin 22 high-speed inkjet web press for book production back in 2001.
"At that point, we thought we were about 18 months ahead of the market, but it took until 2008-09 for 'early adopters' to start bringing in inkjet," Lindemann notes. "By then, we were on our third inkjet press and looking for the next big thing."