The Job that Keeps on Giving
Keith Hopson's love of printing eventually got him the job he was meant to have.January 2014 By Bob Neubauer
Keith Hopson’s career began the day he got his pink slip.
He was running the four-employee in-plant for Hydrotex at the time. The company’s new president, a former executive at Mary Kay, implemented some changes that resulted in a handful of layoffs. Hopson was one of the casualties. Rather than retreat into despair, though, he took some initiative.
“I just went into his office…and I asked him who he knew at Mary Kay,” Hopson recalls. “He gave me the director’s name [who] ran the in-plant.”
When he got home, Hopson called the director, securing an interview. That was in 1995. Eighteen years later, he considers his subsequent career at Mary Kay one of the highlights of his life.
“Mary Kay is the gift that keeps on giving,” proclaims Hopson, supervisor of Printing Services at the Dallas-based cosmetics company for the past eight years. “I love to come to work.”
Hopson’s love for printing began at an early age. Born in Tokyo when his father was in the military, but raised in Texas since the age of five, he and his twin brother, Kenneth, signed up for the printing program at Duncanville High School when they were juniors, “just to see what it was all about.” They loved it.
“We were privileged to have three hours of the day in the print shop,” Hopson says. He even spent his summers working there on the ABDicks and Multiliths. His instructor, John Morgan, took him under his wing and, after he graduated, found him a job in the in-plant at a pool supply warehouse.
“I owe that man a lot of credit,” Hopson says.
After six months there, a friend from the Duncanville print program got him another in-plant job at the Harris Corp., in Dallas. He worked there for four years.
After a couple of jobs with commercial printers, Hopson took his first management position in 1990, at the Hydrotex in-plant. Four years later came the layoff that launched his Mary Kay career.