executive perspectives: The Next Chapter
The story behind Bann Business Solutions is anything but boring. Originally a manufacturer of business forms, the Minnesota-based company, then known as Bann Printing, launched in 1939 under the leadership of William J. Bann. He later handed over the keys to his son Richard (Dick), who created new staff positions and built a spacious production plant in Eagan.
Things took a different turn in the ʼ70s. The company fell victim to internal thefts during the height of national labor strife. For Bann, that meant a lithographers’ strike. Fast-forward to the late ʼ90s. By then, Bann had been operating as a division of Stuart Hooper Company, a forms manufacturer based in Chicago. Dick was retired and his son Bill was in charge. When Bill learned that Stuart Hooper Company was sold to Minneapolis-headquartered Holden Company, he approached his brother Michael, who worked as a salesperson for Bann at the time. After meeting with Holden’s principal officer, the two brothers settled on a fresh start.
Together they launched Bann Forms Technology, an independent sales distributorship in St. Paul, Minn. In 2008, the company changed its name to Bann Business Solutions to better reflect its growing product line and services.
It’s an interesting story, no doubt. More importantly, it’s Bann’s story and Michael wouldn’t have it any other way. “Besides my role as ‘Dad,’ I have never had another job—as of yet,” he teased. Read on as Michael shares his thoughts on the industry.
Print+Promo (P+P): How do you set goals for yourself? For your business?
Michael C. Bann (MCB): I sit down at the end of every year and make both personal and business goals. I hang them up on my office wall as a reminder. My goals tend to change throughout the year, but I’m not as good as I should be about writing those down. Maybe that can be a new goal for next year.