2018 Women in Print and Promo: Vicky Schulty, AmeriPrint Corporation
AmeriPrint Corporation, Harvard, Ill.
Years of Experience: 33
How she got her start: I started out in bindery at Industrial Printing in Toledo, Ohio. I met my husband there, and we moved to Illinois in 1985. In 1990, we [launched] our own printing company, AmeriPrint Corporation. I remember working long hours—even taking quotes home at night. I got pregnant with my second daughter the year we started. That was a challenging time after coming home with a newborn and having to do payroll that night. There was no maternity leave for me! Fortunately, we always had great daycare. This allowed me to get more involved with the company.
Her proudest career achievements: Becoming president of AmeriPrint, which allowed me to become a certified Women Owned Business.
On working in a traditionally male-dominated industry: I really did not encounter any challenges. Everyone has been great—that is unless you count not being invited to the “good ol’ boys” fishing trips!
Her job advice to women: I think a woman has a lot of advantages in this industry. Women can offer a fresh approach if they keep their technology up-to-date and know their product well. People are looking for ways to make their lives easier and more productive. Who wouldn’t rather talk to a woman than a man?
Her industry mentors: My biggest mentor is my husband, Jim Schulty. He has been in the industry since 1957, and is very knowledgeable. He's old!
Her biggest lesson learned: To be honest, treat everyone fairly and surround yourself with good people.
How she maintains a work/life balance: Try not to bring business home, and travel the world one week at a time.