A Passion For Printing
A life-long printer, Mike Renn has found success through communication and industry involvement.
By Mike Llewellyn
BORN AND raised in Philadelphia, Mike Renn, assistant vice president of Corporate Services at Mellon Financial, is loyal to his hometown—and his employer.
On his sister's recommendation he took a job in the print shop at Philly-based Girard Bank in 1974, a decade before Mellon purchased it. Printing was a great fit for Renn even then, as he was a bit of an art aficionado, and he had taken printing in high school. The job put him close to his passion.
"What I like about printing is that it gives you the opportunity to see the tangible results of your work," he says.
Renn started out in Girard Bank's stock room cutting paper in 1974.
"I moved up basically because people would ask me if I would be interested in trying something and I would always say yes," he says. The wide-eyed young Renn took on a post as prepress supervisor and in 1984, after the shop was downsized to a quick copy shop, he was put in charge.
The Potential Of Color
From the start, Renn's fondness for the arts seems to have influenced his management strategy.
"I thought that we should make a greater move into color work," he says, explaining that the shop, back when he took the reins, focused almost exclusively on black-and-white forms printing. "At the time, color work really only made up about one or two percent of the work."
He gradually convinced the marketing department to utilize the print shop for color material. Renn persuaded marketing that, by using on-demand printing, the in-plant could get Mellon's message out more effectively than by using commercial vendors.
"With the money they were saving, they were able to do more communicating with the public," he explains.