A Manager On The Move
John Weston has worked all over the country, but he's always managed stay in the in-plant environment.
by Bob Neubauer
John E. Weston III is an in-plant lifer. Now working in his sixth in-plant, the affable 53-year-old explains his dedication simply:
"That's the only thing I ever wanted to do," he says.
Weston's career path has led him all over the country, bringing him finally to Houston where he is now manager of Printing Services for the Metropolitan Transit Authority. He and his staff of seven have made great progress in bringing work back in-house and saving the organization money.
East Coast Beginnings
Weston grew up in Philadelphia, but soon after graduating from high school in 1966, his mother sent him to Ohio to live with family. He got his first in-plant job in Cleveland, at Ohio Bell. Weston took to printing immediately. He liked it so much he found an additional job working at the in-plant for Bobby Brooks Women's Fashions.
"It was a pretty good introduction into the printing industry," he says.
After a few years there, though, college called, and Weston followed a cousin's trail down to Bishop College in Dallas. To pay for his education, he took a job in the school's in-plant, where he became assistant director in charge of student workers.
Weston graduated in 1973 with a major in business administration and a minor in economics. He returned to Ohio where he was hired as a printing coordinator with the state's print operation. For 12 years he coordinated print buying there before leaving to do print consulting for four years.
The Ohio winters made him long for the south, though, and the urge to relocate hit once again. Since Weston's wife Jean was from New Orleans, the couple headed to Louisiana, where Weston became assistant director of campus services at Louisiana State University.