15 Under 40

In-plant Graphics November 2010
We’ve located 15 impressive in-plant managers, all under the age of 40, whose enthusiasm, proficiency and perspective should inspire managers of any age.

These days, with the future of print being questioned so readily by digital know-it-alls, it’s kind of nice to hear about younger people who are choosing graphic arts careers. It shows that, even in the age of the iPad, some in the younger generation trust that printing will have a place in the digital world for a long time to come.

Over the past few months, IPG has been busy tracking down in-plant managers and supervisors born in the ’70s (or later) to find out what drives them, what they’ve accomplished and where they’re going. We wanted to bring some recognition to these hard-working, often unheralded younger mangers.

The stories of these rising stars are as reassuring as they are impressive, and should inspire in-plant managers of any age to more emphatically support the up-and-coming managers in their own operations. These younger managers have learned a lot from their in-plant mentors, then added their own ingenuity and enthusiasm. Their determination, perspective and vision are admirable, and show that the future of printing is in qualified, capable hands.

Check out the 15 biographies below to get a glimpse of the in-plant industry’s future.

Hilarie Bain, 38
Associate Director, Brand Creative Services
The University of Mississippi, Oxford, Miss.
• Education/Training: Bachelors of Science in Technology, Occupational Technology and Industrial Studies from The University of Houston.

• Keys to Success: I am dedicated to the development and management of Brand Creative Services and the University of Mississippi. I believe that teamwork is an essential part of our success.

• Biggest Influence: Tony Seaman, Director of Brand Creative Services has been the biggest influence in my professional career. He has willingly shared his 40-plus years of experience within the industry.

• Accomplishments: Since coming to the university, I have been an instrumental part in implementing new technologies such as drum scanning, variable data, QR codes, our EFI PrintSmith MIS system, a direct-to-plate system, the Kodak NexPress 2500 and, most recently, branding our EFI Digital StoreFront.

Bob has served as editor of In-plant Graphics since October of 1994. Prior to that he served for three years as managing editor of Printing Impressions, a commercial printing publication. Mr. Neubauer is very active in the U.S. in-plant industry. He attends all the major in-plant conferences and has visited more than 130 in-plant operations around the world. He has given presentations to numerous in-plant groups in the U.S., Canada and Australia, including the Association of College and University Printers and the In-plant Printing and Mailing Association. He also coordinates the annual In-Print contest, cosponsored by IPMA and In-plant Graphics.
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