After a successful career as a shop owner, [Larry Hunt] segued into publishing 17 years ago with his High Speed Copy News and Color Copy News newsletters. Since then he has offered invaluable advice and resources to shop owners with high speed or color copy departments.
by Dave Fellman sales clinic NAQP Printer of the Year: Ann Mitchell By Bob Hall A nn Mitchell, owner of Direct Connect Solutions in Nashville, TN, has been selected as the 2008 recipient of the NAQP Printer of the Year Award. The award is given to a printer who has demonstrated the ability to operate a successful, profitable, and customer while maintaining mailing and data operations in the original building. In 2003, the business had again grown too big for the available space and the company bought a 60,000 square foot building, later adding an additional 4,000 square feet of office space. Plans call for adding even responsive business, who has demonstrated creativity and more space in the near future. vision in embracing new technologies, products, and ser- Starting out as CBS Printing, the company changed its vices, and who has exhibited commitment and service to name to CBS Music City Printing & Mailing before settling community groups and industry organizations. on its current name of Direct Connect Solutions. “While we still print and mail,” says Mitchell, “our specialty is Starting from a 750 square foot, two person shop in data and personalized documents specifically for regulated 1985, Mitchell has built her business to a $14.16 million industries. The health care industry has been one of our key operation and earned the #9 spot on Quick Printing’s 2008 vertical markets.” Top 100. Along the way, she has found time to serve on the NAQP board of directors for six years, including a stint as chairman. During her tenure on the board she helped choose the current president and CEO Steve Johnson, a move she considers “the best thing that could have hap- pened to the association.” Steve and Ann Mitchell Growing Up are the driving During the first 10 years after its 1985 start, her company forces behind moved twice to larger locations before finally buying a the success of 9,000 square foot building in 1995. In 2000, the opera- Direct Connect tion was overflowing that location and Mitchell purchased Solu
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