Dave Kamis: Centered on Service
Kamis left the printer in 2001, and joined Crain Communications as its corporate director of production and manufacturing. He was promoted to his current position—vice president of production and manufacturing—in June 2005.
“I am extremely fortunate to work for Crain Communications, a company that has an unrivaled reputation for editorial excellence and a wealth of talented, hard-working employees,” Kamis acknowledges.
His professional foundation in printing has enabled him to make smart, educated decisions for the publications he now nurtures.
“Working for RR Donnelley gave me a unique perspective into the printers’ world. I understand their business,” he says. “Understanding the printer’s processes helps me to determine when I can push and how hard I can push.”
Kamis also has been fortunate to have had many professional mentors along the way. “I really believe that mentoring is extremely important in business,” Kamis explains. “When I worked for Donnelley, I developed a mentoring program that paired inexperienced with experienced customer service reps. But I believe that mentoring happens whether you have a program or not. There’s a lot of unofficial mentoring that takes place in our industry,” he says. “I work for Bob Adams, the group vice president here at Crain Communications, and not a day goes by that I don’t learn something from him. His guidance on publishing has been very valuable to me. And on the printing side, well, I have a list of mentors too numerous to name.”
Keeping Pace with Change
Kamis’ voice is calm, soothing. In speaking with him, one wouldn’t get the impression that he leads a particularly stressful professional life. But, in fact, his position at Crain Communications is quite demanding. He currently manages everything from prepress to print buying, from paper procurement to vendor relations for the entire company.
For Kamis, the greatest daily challenge he faces is keeping pace with evolving technology. “You’ve got to keep up with [technology],” he says. “It comes at us at such a frenetic pace. These days, within a year or two, you’ll find that something you’ve been using is outdated, obsolete. So, the challenge is to stay on top of technology, so you can ensure that the work is done more efficiently and cost-effectively.”
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