It’s November – which means it’s time for the another Face of Kingston! This month we’re focusing on Jill Gottschalk, Kingston’s Director of Project Management and long-time employee. We took the time to chat with this busy gal to find out more about her history at Kingston, along with some other fun facts.
- When and why did you join the Kingston team?
May 1998, 20 years ago – I moved to Lawrence to continue my education at KU. I graduated with a BFA in Design (Visual Communications) and ended up at Kingston. I couldn’t imagine working anywhere else!
- What is your favorite part about your job?
Kingston is like a family, we have all worked together for so long! We know each other’s kids/pets/extended family. It is nice to have that comfort when you go to work each day.
- Coolest print project you ever worked on and why?
The most recent that comes to mind is the KU Libraries – 50 Years Spencer Research Library booklet. I enjoy working on complex pre-press/press jobs. This was a gold foil/strike-thru varn+glossUV. The most rewarding part of this job is working with our clients on these complex projects and seeing the outcome of our combined work.
- Favorite machine and why?
Since I’ve been at Kingston for 20+years, I have gotten the pleasure of running a lot of the machines along the way. I would say my favorite (and most missed) is the folder. Getting that cross over just right or figuring out a difficult fold and mastering it always gave me sense of accomplishment. I also enjoy my computer and the pre-press work that I get to do on photos – either fixing, touching up, or just making output as good as it can be.
- Any tidbits about yourself outside of work – kids? Hobbies? Fun facts?
I’m a professional concert attendee – nothing better than seeing a band live. Some of my favorites are: Alt-J, Glass Animals, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats and Joywave – I’ve seen all at least three times. I’m a sucker for music!
Kingston Printing couldn’t be more thankful to have Jill as a part of our team. We appreciate all the hard work she puts in day in and day out. You may have the pleasure of working with Jill soon on your next project!