These 20-Under-40 Up-and-Coming Printing Industry Executives Share Their Success Stories
There's an interesting subplot to the Envelopes.com domain name. It had once been owned by Mike Panaggio, owner of Daytona Beach, FL-based DME, and Newman longed to own it. During a six-year period, he met with Panaggio in an effort to acquire the name. Though his efforts were fruitless, Newman learned a wealth of information from Panaggio through the meetings and e-mails they shared. In fact, he counts Panaggio as one of his greatest influences within the printing industry.
The name ultimately changed hands via a third party and Newman was able to purchase its rights. "The experience of chasing this domain name taught me to never give up and go after what you want, even when people are telling you that you will never get it," he observes.
In 2009, Newman was named to Long Island Business News' 40-under-40 list. The company garnered Top 500 distinction from Internet Retailer and Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies honors from Inc. Magazine for four consecutive years.
Newman enjoys boating and fishing in his spare time. The professed tech junkie is married with three children, all under the age of seven. He is active in the Young Presidents Organization and has his hand in the activities of Printing Industries of America and The Envelope Manufacturers Association.
Tim Blackburn, 38
Santa Ana, CA
Speaking of Blackburns...Foster Printing has its share. Dennis Blackburn entrusted the future to his sons Tim and Kris. In hindsight, it appears to have been a shrewd decision.
Oftentimes, fate plays a role in the direction we ultimately take. In the case of Tim Blackburn, his goal was to become a professional baseball player. Perhaps he'd one day take his place alongside Hideo Nomo in the Los Angeles Dodgers pitching rotation. However, a shoulder injury during Blackburn's freshman year of college put an end to his baseball playing days. But, he still had a shot at making the big leagues, so to speak.