These 20-Under-40 Up-and-Coming Printing Industry Executives Share Their Success Stories
He was transferred to Jefferson City, MO, and became a commercial lender at a UMB branch there. But with a move to St. Louis on the horizon, owners Darrell Moore (his uncle) and Greg Meeker approached Davidson about rejoining.
"(Moore and Meeker) didn't think I'd ever come back if I left for St. Louis," Davidson says. "It took a lot of convincing on my wife's end, but she saw the vision and believes in the family company, as well. So she was willing to take that leap from pharmaceutical lab/research chemist to stay-at-home mom."
Davidson came aboard as an estimator to get a feel for the business. In 2009, he was assigned to do business development for the digital side of the firm. The company had recently acquired an Indigo press, but it was underutilized, so Davidson focused on building the digital component. He delved into variable data printing, personalized URLs and generally integrating marketing technology into printing.
In 2010, he was named general manager of Brown Printing, a Modern Litho subsidiary.
Among his managerial strengths, Davidson lists team building and communicating. It helps, he says, to have a talented group of departmental managers, buffered by decades of experience, to help carry out the vision. "I rely on them to run their departments and to make day-to-day decisions, then to get me involved where it makes sense."
One of Davidson's biggest influences is his grandmother, Jeanie Moore, who has been both a source of knowledge and inspiration. Davidson notes that Brown Printing is now in the original Modern Litho facility, and that he occupies the same office that she did, 30 years earlier.
"She was one of the original strong women in printing," he says. "She did it through sheer determination. Although she wasn't formally educated, she made an amazing career as the leader of a company by taking and growing it to become what it is today."