Sustainability in the In-Plant
Welcome to my blog, “Keeping it Green - Sustainability in the In-Plant.”
First, I thought I should introduce myself by telling you a little bit about my background in printing. I started my print career in my stepfather’s printing company in Los Angeles, where at the time (the late '70s), in addition to a camera and vacuum frames, he still had two hot type machines. I also learned how to make color separations on camera. Boy, talk about the old days.
Always the rebel, I ventured out to become a rock star. That didn’t work out so well, so I went back to printing, taking a prepress position at my first in-plant, General Dynamics. I went from there to the in-plant operation for a large financial institution where I was promoted to prepress manager. While at this position I helped usher in the “digital age.” It was the early '90s, and we went from paste-up and camera to desktop publishing and imagesetters.
I did a stint as a marketing & job manager at PIP Printing corporate headquarters. I traveled around the country negotiating contracts for PIP with large commercial printers and also worked with national account sales and marketing. After an acquisition and management change at PIP, I moved on to become the general manager of the printing division for an entertainment industry advertising company. While at this position, I purchased a couple of 40˝, six-color presses and, as an early adopter, brought in CTP.
The tragic events of 9/11 had a widespread impact in many ways, including a negative impact on the advertising industry, and with dwindling revenue, I was laid off. After looking for work all over Southern California with no prospects, I interviewed and was offered the position of director of Printing Services at the University of California, Santa Cruz, 500 miles north, I accepted.
Tom recently ventured out on his own and is now president of TNT Sustainable Business Solutions, a consulting firm that promotes and provides services for creating sustainable business practices, measuring and improving print shop effectiveness, and sustainability marketing. He is currently enrolled in the University of Colorado's Professional Studies program and is working towards earning certification in Sustainability Management.