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I live just north of Glasgow in Scotland on the banks of Loch Lomond. Like most sales guys…You know, you spend a lot of time traveling, a lot of time in the office. Probably way too much time working and not enough time personal. I have a lovely golden retriever dog. And him and I walk constantly. And this is my regular walk where I go with a dog. The Loch Lomond Whiskey is a very smooth whiskey. I think it should just be savored and enjoyed. My father is 87. And every night in life he has a big stiff whiskey. I'm sure, Captain Haddock, has maybe dabbled in some of the other ones as well. But but if that's his brand, then good on them. I have a beautiful wife and two lovely kids and a dog. And I love my dog. That's not to say I don't love my kids and my wife. It Is a very true saying. If you love your job, you'll never work a day in your life. My engineering background wants to help people solve problems. I believe in what I do. I believe that I try and do my best for the people that I do the job for. The challenge I have in the industry is the product that we sell, which is Corona treatment, not a lot of people really know it or understand it. They know they need it, but they don't really understand it. The founder of the company Vetaphone, that was actually the guy that invented Corona treatment. Because necessarily invent something doesn't necessarily mean you're the best. And actually that's something that I'm very conscious of. So therefore, to make sure that you are the best, you have to do it in a very different aspect. You have to address all areas of the process. As a company like you mentioned earlier, we're very proud of our history. And one of the things that really separates us from that is the knowledge of the process. We try and help them understand that not one size fits all. We're approaching them to help educate them in the process. And then we can go into the technology and why it's different. Why that is? Why should they buy the piece of equipment that we've got as opposed to just making something themselves?
It was a tough one to pick. Because I'm always like talking about myself. But I kind of reflected back on the last couple of years. And we've all had our ups and downs and our struggles. But I had a few other things that came in play. And I just needed to take care of myself. I spent a lot of time on webinars. And spent a lot of time reading. Kind of self-improving myself as far as the industry. And then my life outside of work. That's probably my favorite crosstab project to run on. I enjoy having projects go on a 640-size press. The harder the project is, the more fun I have with them. The right customer really appreciates what you do for them and understands the value they're getting. Says a lot about what they think about me as well as our company. Maybe I was sucking up a little. You know, it was a lot more to do with the camera. And I thought, well, I need to have a good background. And INKISH was as good as good as any, right? Everything from this conversation we're having right now to you halfway across the world to... You know, I'm meeting with clients. I met with one in Vancouver, British Columbia. And so, it's almost like a little show and tell, like a reading school. You know, you turn in the pages so that each one can be reviewed. And so that's been kind of a nice way to look at crews and talk about them. It can only bring us closer if we are able to. But finding the right people to connect with or finding a person to connect with. You know, I had come across a few of your videos. Maybe it was in one of the like the printing impressions emails that I received or something along that lines - a while back. I just watched one of your seminars. But I hadn't seen anything in a while. And then it just... I think a lot of that was just so much information out there. And then... But now, I'm it's definitely bookmarked on the top of my bookmarks on my computer. So now you are stuck up there, so.
The first part is a component of an imaging section of a digital toner printer. I spent many years managing a service department. So, I started rotating at a distributor for Konica Minolta. From a business position, to then service. And then became VP of Operations and Strategy. From one side, I see users taking the machinery to the maximum. Or even more than an OEM even thought about. Before OEMs were focused on installing midfoot machines in the field. And that's what they get measured by. We have to be as close to the buying customer as possible. And at the end there's going to be a very big consolidation of production. Printers have an amazing advantage for on-demand local production of X. So, this was 2019 - a week before that flight, I called Bernd Zipper. And that ended up traveling to an Online Print Symposium. And this was this huge eye opener. I think local culture is very important. I wouldn't call it 'transform'. I would call it 'adapt'. Panama has no postal system. So how do you deliver something? There's been an increase on last mile delivery startups. So that's facilitated not only print, but all the e-commerce. This is a print controller board where everything connects to. It's basically the brain of the machine. We're trying to build something similar. But outside of the printer. Our company is called IMPRIMU. And we're building an on-demand print network. Those are my kids. We were at the beach one day. And just putting it into context…all these difficulties last year. But at the same time there were so many good moments. And the question is: how do you take advantage of those good moments? And are you able to appreciate them? That is actually our product. That is value we are providing to a tuna processing plant. And we are providing pretty on-demand labels for them. I love being a part of that adaptation.
Occasionally during Corona times, I was using photography just to take self-portraits. And as a kind of journal, really. I know it was hard for so many other businesses. Some of them, sadly, didn't survive. But what I think was good from that was that it caused us all to pause and to reset. This is a photograph I took. And then there's no painting involved. But it's all done using image manipulation. And it's one of the things that's great during Corona times. And it's something I want to spend a little more time doing. So, I sent this photo because that can be my office now. All I need is an iPad and some chocolate. But what it shows is that we don't have to be stuck in our work offices all the time. That I can work from home. I can say to my wife and daughter: Yeah, let's go away for a couple of days. But I bring my office with me. And if I do have to stay at a hotel somewhere, I could work in the evening. While you're there remotely you should be saying to someone: Hey - give me a quick tour around the factory. Just show me the video on your phone. So, I use technology among places like LinkedIn and Help Forums and I get to meet and talk to people I would have never met in the real world otherwise. We take that offline. We have a Zoom together. I might have an online beer or some online chocolate with them. So, all these things can still happen with technology. I'm not saying that technology is will end all. But we can do an awful lot with it. A lot more than people think we can. It is a lot easier for me to work from home. And every day practically I go for a walk or a run. It's not very populated around from where I am. Well, if I choose the right places, it's not. But it's amazing what pops into your head. And sometimes I'll come back having had a lovely walk, thinking about nature. And other days I come back having had a brilliant business idea. Sometimes quite radically. If that email doesn't get answered for an hour it's not going to be the end of the world. This is Martin. He is my office elephant. So, I may be working on my own, but I've got someone watching over me. Making sure that my attention doesn't stray too much. So, I'm okay with that.
That's where it all gets started in 2012, 23 December, 9 a.m. in the morning. Now, it's been almost nine years with Nilpeter Dubai looking after the entire Middle East operations. I like to keep things a bit tidy and clean. Otherwise, I feel a bit uncomfortable. Last year was a special year for Nilpeter. Because that's when we celebrated our 100 years. Being a part of Nilpeter I always consider us as a very fortunate thing which happened to my life. Because that company - it's a marvelous, super cool company. So Nilpeter has a unique goal to do business with people who believe what we believe. He is my director, Mr. Shyam. So, he was the one who hired me in 2012. The relationship is very special, I would say. When you put your ultimate trust in someone else. And that generates a great bond, which is, you know, indescribable. So, he's basically a super cool chap. He's a good reader. A philosopher sometimes. And a very honest and smart businessman. So, I always take tips and suggestions from him. And the best and the funny part is - it works. This is from Georgia basically. So, I had a chance to visit that place. And that's where I took that picture. The nature plays a key role, I think, in everybody's life. Overwhelmed with the pandemic situation. So, I think the best thing to do is whenever we feel depressed or anxious or confused to spend some time with the family or friends. Or maybe just alone. And many companies whom I know personally had a great 20/20 business year compared to previous years. So, we must adapt to come over this particular stage as well. You know, let's not lose the hope. Hope - It's a good thing. Maybe the best of things. And no good thing ever dies.
I've got 17 kilometers of stunning, stunning, beautiful white beach in front of me. During lockdown I actually moved to a beach house. And I thought: Well while I'm still here, let's get some quality living. Coming back to South Africa, it was circumstances in a way beyond my control. If you look at where technology is, where the work is, where the customers are. I miss that interaction. I do miss the rush of being on top of the latest technology and trends. What Covid has done, it has almost brought a human side to people's lives. Learn to be agile. You've learned to cope. You've learned new ways of getting information. I've met awesome people and I've taken on a V-Press web-to-print agency. I've gone down roads with, you know, the likes of like the Deborah Corn’s and the Pat McGrews. I mean, we really are involved, I suppose, in each other's lives on a daily basis. We are four generations of print in our family. So my grandfather, he operated a web-press. Both of my parents worked as factory workers in print shops. I have deaf parents. And so it was obviously a huge challenge for them. But I always wanted to dress up like the ladies upstairs. So kind of that was my aim. My daughter is in print. I'm so passionate about this industry. I absolutely love it. My career started at Heidelberg. I joined in Marketing. I was running the marketing department. Heidelberg and Kodak had this joint venture. And they launched digital. I would never in a million years think that I would be supporting a cause to save baboons. But when I looked out my window, there was this huge baboon sitting outside. The moment I found out about it...the more. I think it just got my heart string. And I can see I'm making a difference. And I'm bringing print into the picture.
That picture shows a nice home where I work right now. The sunlight may be visualizing that there's a light at the end of the tunnel. We're getting through this together. And for me, it was important to stress that has been a long time. But you always should stay positive and optimistic. And I'm working for an organization who provides me the strength and this positive attitude. This is basically the reason why I sent you this picture. I'm a German. So Germans like it in a much structured way. Sometimes upstairs, sometimes downstairs, sometimes on the sofa or a couch. My work situation was completely different. I was traveling about 150 days a year. US, Asia, Africa, Latin America. I was all over the world. It is important to understand that when you work remotely, you easily feel disconnected. My organization, BW Papersystems or the Barry-Wehmiller Group. We have a culture which helps us to stay connected. And I feel that I matter. It talks about the leadership style and that everything what matters is the people within an organization. We have 40 hours a week where we touch the people in our organization as an employer. 40 times more than any church probably. You have a huge impact whether the person is happy or not happy. People are more satisfied and more fulfilled. They go home and they are better family, fathers, mothers, sisters. That has an impact on the family. Bob always says: That is the answer to world peace. This machine is cutting paper and board to sheets. This is one of the larger machines we typically build. Things go well and the team spirit is up. It's a very small machine, very compact, maybe as large as my desk here. Cuts very sensitive materials at a high speed. So, for example, the pharmaceutical leaflets. You see me on this picture. That was one of the few moments where I was in contact with customers. We could show the machine. It was really fun to talk to people.
HP delivered samples to Pat McGrew from their new T-250 wide page printer with their new brilliant ink. Is Pat McGrew impressed - yes, she is!
In this Print Sample TV episode, you will see samples showcasing the new inks and how beautiful the output of the T-250 is. As always, listen, watch, and learn!
The Box Maker is a quite unique and great concept, and your Print Sample TV host, Pat McGrew, is absolutely sold. In this episode, Pat McGrew presents wonderful digitally printed boxes made on corrugated material. We were about to say box-movers, but The Box Maker is a way more accurate description of what you can see in this great episode of Print Sample TV.
Print Sample TV host Pat McGrew has been a member of Xplore for years, and in this episode, she brings a new fresh perspective that may help you find new customers. Federations and associations often give up on printed member magazines, but with digital, and personalization new options may be out there. Get your sample dose right here on Print Sample TV.
When you see this wonderful Print Sample TV episode, you will clearly see how you get your way to host Pat McGrew's heart. Enhancement is the secret element, and ABG for sure has created a sample kit that demonstrates the value of working with his great company. Check in and enjoy the enhancement moment.
In this Print Sample TV edition, host Pat McGrew shows several samples sent to her from Mouvent/BOBST. BOBST delivers products and services in many different segments in the market, from print to finishing and everything in between. In this edition of Print Sample TV, you can see samples printed with white ink - and it looks stunning - and, of course, labels on various substrates, and as you know - labels are a sticky business. See you!
In this Print Sample TV edition, host Pat McGrew shows some really cool 'collector's items' made on a Fujifilm JetPress. In this Print Sample TV, Pat McGrew show two examples - a magazine and a box with cards - and both show the creativity of the people at Fujifilm, but also, of course, the great capabilities of their digital presses.
Who should have thought that Print Sample TV would be featuring a postal service from Canada - however, this just happened. In this Print Sample TV episode, host Pat McGrew shows how the Canadian post has turned an obligation into an opportunity. White on white print samples and good examples on how to learn from various postal services worldwide! Dig in - Now!
Canon is, for good reasons, a frequent guest at Print Sample TV. Our beloved host, Pat McGrew, is thrilled about the do-it-your-self Canon Pro Stream 1800 kit that gives you an impression of the technology Canon sells. However, more importantly, she is impressed with the print samples delivered - so ladies and gentlemen - it's time to watch again!
If you play your cards right, you can become a winner—no question about that. If you in Vegas, it's about money, but the cards that Print Sample TV host Pat McGrew show off, there are only winners. Use the deck of cards to show the go's and the no-go's and have a bit of fun while doing it. Watch this!
We love Art - and in this Print Sample TV edition, the featured print sample shows off! This is a Jazz festival poster that has been done with the utmost care for decades. DMR Graphics are producing it, and it's not a standard CMYK job, but something that requires skills out of the extraordinary - watch the sample, learn from Pat McGrew, and as always, use print samples in the promotion of your company!
Amazing to see the print samples from Kodak. In this Print Sample TV episode, your host Pat McGrew shows print samples printed on various substrates, even plastic materials. Kodak offers both print heads to be installed in a hybrid setup with offset and presses to deliver stunning results. In this Print Sample TV episode, you will see it all.
We all get these tiny inlay pieces in pharmaceutical packs - but who produces them - and is this at all an interesting market? Well, in this Print Sample TV edition with Pat McGrew, you will get insights from her presenting a brilliant print sample produced by Mercantile Press. We will, of course, sharpen our eyes, buy new glasses, and dig into the small print possible presented in this excellent Print Sample TV edition!
Our beloved host, Pat McGrew, for sure loves dogs, and so do millions of other people. The pet market is one of the fastest-growing markets, and who should have thought that "dogalized" (personalized but with dogs instead!) packaging could be the next big thing - but in this Print Sample TV episode, Pat McGrew will show you. Be surprised!
Print Sample TV is about - well print samples - but in this episode, Pat McGrew showcases the MONDI Color Copy sample book and explains why Mondi as a paper vendor is successful in the inkjet print space. The samples show the paper types and give you examples of print, embossing, and other enhancements in a handy format. As Pat McGrew explains, this is the collection that every production manager should have in his large pockets!
Postcards, postcards, postcards. Easy and effective print marketing. Print Sample TV host Pat McGrew explains why postcards are so important and so easy to use in your communication, whether it's politics, commercials, or even - well, pretty much everything. Love it!
The Screen L350UV label printer is an amazing piece of hardware, and in this Print Sample TV edition, Pat McGrew shows the samples from the machine. Pat McGrew emphasis that the red colors that apparently are difficult with inkjet stand out brilliantly. Red is dangerous, but with the L350UV, we are unsure whether it's dangerous or just makes a lot of sense! Judge for yourself!
Pat McGrew is impressed with the print samples delivered by Ricoh. They make it easy, but more importantly, they show cool samples from what their technology can deliver—folders, postcards, and of course, a piece that reminds us of Hunkeler Innovationdays Lucerne. Great to see how vendors invest in hopefully valuable samples that support your business - but hey, you should really consider doing your own print samples and use these to market your services to your customers!
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