1. When and why did you join the Kingston team?

I’ve been working with Kingston since the early nineties. You see, Dick Johnson and I became good friends when we both worked at a large sheetfed/web printing company in Kansas City. Somewhere around 1990 Dick purchased this small print shop in Lawrence, Kansas called Kingston Printing & Design inc. That’s when I began working with Kingston on projects that didn’t fit us.

Kingston had, and has, an unbelievable work ethic, along with a “Make it Happen” philosophy, plus a total commitment to quality work and customer satisfaction. I truly wanted to be a part of that and in September of 2000, I came on board along with Kingston’s first 6 color press.

  1. What is your favorite part about your job?

Well, it goes without saying I love working with all the great customers, prospective customers and our awesome internal work force. But if I had to focus on one thing that gives me great satisfaction, I would say accomplishing something that is perceived as impossible. It’s part of what brought me to Kingston in the first place. I just love to exceed the customers expectations.

  1. Coolest print project you ever worked on and why?

That’s kind of like asking a parent who has eight kids to pick a favorite. My favorite project is the one where my customer says great job Rich this looks awesome!

 

 

Okay! There was this one prototype we did for a retail store. Unfortunately the project never rolled out and we did just the one. As you can see there’s nothing normal about this printed piece. Printed 4-color process one side on a wood pallet top. Is that fun or what?

  1. Favorite machine and why?

Go Figure! Look at the above photo. Our large format printer. We can print on just about any surface. So Cool!

  1. Any tidbits about yourself outside of work – kids? Hobbies? Fun facts?

Well, I have a beautiful wife of 47 years, two incredible daughters who married equally incredible guys. Three grand sons and a grand daughter. Ages 9, 10, 11 and 12. Oh! And two grand dogs.

When I’m not watching the grand kids playing baseball, soccer, basketball or diving, I really enjoy playing golf and traveling to warm places. I also enjoy working in Adobe Photoshop coloring old black and white photos, which tends to be more of a winter hobby.

I’m a proud graduate from Pittsburg State, but I have strong ties to KU. Both of my daughters and one of my son-in-laws graduated from KU.

In addition, my older brother Tom is a KU grad and is on the wall of fame in Allen Field house for his many accomplishments in track and cross country.

I was also a distance runner in college and ran one of my best 2 mile races on the “indoor track at Allen Field House”. Yes, there use to be a dirt/clay indoor track which went around the basketball court in Allen Field House – and no I didn’t know Phog Allen or Abraham Lincoln. ?