A Lifetime Commitment-Steven Grande
"Steve has risen to the top of the production department at CMP Media because of his dedication to the production process and its relation to the success of each publication," explains Phil Palmer, senior sales representative, R.R. Donnelley & Sons, New York City. "Steve has an understanding of production that reaches far beyond 'the making of a magazine.' … He is extremely fast in understanding new technology and how value is much greater than price alone."
Similar views of Grande are shared by many industry representatives, including Thomas O'Reilly, president of Hassett Air Express, who notes, "As Vice President of Manufacturing at CMP Media, (Steve's) contributions to publishing are quite extensive, and his dedication to his craft has led the way for CMP's extensive growth."
"I have not met anyone in the industry who has as keen an operational sense as Steve does," confirms Patrick Nohilly, manufacturing business manager, CMP Media. "Steve also maintains a very diverse staff (that) is continually challenged to seek ways to do things 'better, faster and cheaper.' I have seen his goal achieved more than I previously thought possible."
His colleagues at CMP agree. "(Steve) has overseen the meteoric growth of one of the country's greatest business publishers. He is on the cutting edge of all of the printing industry's new technologies. His publications require high quality, fast turnaround, precise and de-pendable distribution. He has organized this effort nationally and internationally with constant innovation," adds CMP Media's Vice President of Manufacturing Henry Fry.
Harry Quadracci, president and founder of Quad/Graphics, Pewaukee, WI, gives kudos to Grande's commitment to education: "Steve is as committed to education as he is to the printing and publishing arenas." Not only is Grande continuing his own education by pursuing a post-graduate degree, he actively participates in industry task forces sponsored by the GCA, SWOP committee and the MPA. He also holds memberships with the APPM, MPA Postal Committee and the APPC.