The Ethical Expert-Jack Grabber
Jack Graber's professional integrity, technical know-how and commitment to cataloging have left an indelible impression.
"I've never heard anyone say a bad word about Jack Graber—and I've known him for more than 20 years," attests Michael Carton, director of catalog production for Bloomingdale's By Mail, New York City. "First and foremost, Jack is a consummate professional. Not only is he knowledgeable about all aspects of print and management, but he's a great mentor and trainer. Any person with a production-related problem can look to him for help."
Indeed, Graber has earned a reputation as a catalog industry innovator, educator and ambassador. On the job, he is regarded as a principled, solid performer. He has to be: As production dir-ector for Roaman's, a division of New York City-based Brylane, Graber is directly responsible for the production, print and paper purchasing, prepress purchasing and quality control, and binding and mail distribution for the specialty apparel cataloger—with monthly print runs in the millions.
The road to Roaman's began soon after Graber graduated from Hunter College, New York City. He had received a degree in mass communications; however, a job offer from a small trade shop in the city convinced the graduate to give print a chance. "There, I began to see what was involved in putting together a catalog," Graber recalls. "Color separation and printing processes really piqued my interest."
After a quick detour to serve in the National Guard Reserve, Graber returned to his career path and joined a dedicated catalog agency, Allied Graphic Arts (AGA), New York City. "My job became very satisfying in terms of being able to solve problems and knowing that I was playing a part in bringing together an entire catalog," he remarks. In 24 years with AGA—from 1972 to 1996—Graber was promoted from an assistant to a production manager to production director to director of manufacturing.