Vince Manini, vice president and partner of Carol Stream, Illinois-based Team Concept Printing and Thermography, has what many people struggle to find: passion. But, his journey didn't come without challenges.
After high school, Manini took some classes in tool and die, welding, architecture and electronics. Unfortunately, they all proved to be dead ends. A couple years later, he registered for a graphic arts class at the suggestion of his then-girlfriend. He was immediately hooked.
"I was amazed at how much work it took to produce a printed product," Manini said. "I went to various classes that pertained to the field and tried to find a job with a printing company."
Although Manini had the passion, he lacked the experience. After many interviews, he finally found work at a small shop where he swept floors and did odd jobs. Today, Manini enjoys a nice view from the top.
Here, Manini discusses his thoughts on the industry.
Print Professional (PP): Tell us about your background—Where did you grow up, what school did you attend, your degree?
Vince Manini (VM): I grew up in Steubenville, Ohio, a small town outside of Pittsburgh. I graduated from Palatine High School (suburb of Chicago), took classes at Harper College and College of DuPage.
PP: What is your greatest business accomplishment and disappointment?
VM: Starting Team Concept and making it in Entrepreneur magazine as #90 [in its list] of the fastest-growing businesses in America after just 21⁄2 years of being in business. The greatest disappointment was when we had to downsize a couple years ago because of the economy. I take a lot of pride that our company provides a good income to families. There has been nothing worse for me as an owner than to let a good employee go simply because we do not have the work to support them. I spent many nights (probably for months) not sleeping because I felt I had failed them.