These 20-Under-40 Up-and-Coming Printing Industry Executives Share Their Success Stories
"After the injury, I decided I was done with school and ready to enter the workforce," Blackburn notes. "So I started my new education as an employee at Foster Printing."
He has worked in every department of the company, starting in shipping and ultimately making his way to the president's chair. The company had been a part of his life since age 12, when father Dennis first hung his shingle to do business. It became ingrained in his life experiences; he learned to drive a car by practicing on Foster Printing forklift trucks when his dad needed to come into the plant on weekends to finish up work.
"As kids, our parents taught us that commitment and communication are key elements to being successful in life," he says. "I've applied that wisdom to everything I do."
Blackburn takes pride in the team that has been assembled at Foster Printing. He also relishes every opportunity to build a new mousetrap.
"My best strength is my ability to problem solve," he adds. "I enjoy finding new and better ways for us to do things. I also feel that we have done a great job of hiring through the years. Our best strength at Foster Printing is the team we have around us."
Tim and Courtney Blackburn have two daughters, Makayla and Hayley. In addition to spending time with his wife and kids, Tim enjoys hitting the links with his father and brother.
Kris Blackburn, 36
Vice President of Sales
Santa Ana, CA
The world was Kris Blackburn's oyster. He had attended Cal State San Marcos on a golf scholarship and studied communications. He traveled abroad, then tried his hand at a number of jobs, including physical therapy.
"A friend's father was a head therapist and he was looking for a new assistant," Blackburn recalls. "I have always enjoyed working with others and meeting new people, so I saw this as a great opportunity to learn a new occupation and work with new people every day."