Stephenson Printing, Alexandria, VA 2231
BIOGRAPHY OF GEORGE W. STEPHENSON
George W. Stephenson, a native Washingtonian, studied printing in school and, at the age of 15, worked part time in printing nights and weekends. After leaving high school early and working as a pressman for eight years, George opened his own one-man print shop in 1959 with one small press. By the end of 1961, with business growing, he moved to a much larger space and purchased his first new press, a 20 x 28″ 2/c 8-page press. As business boomed, so did the number of presses. With the advent of color television in the sixties, the market’s desire for color required more than just adding another 2/c press. In 1968, George became the first commercial printer in the entire Metro Washington area to install a 4/c press. By 19972, two more 4/c presses had been added and Stephenson was well on his way to being recognized as the area’s highest quality printer. In 1977, it was no suprise that George’s extensive knowledge in color printing led him to be the first to announce the installation of a laser dot-generated color scanner.
In 1980, with his client base quickly growing and the desire to enter the web press market, George decided to build a new facility in Northern Virginia just inside the DC beltway. Soon after, George not only continued to develop and expand his sheetfed color printing capabilities but also to install his first full web press capable of printing up to 9 colors in line or printing 50,000 32-page 4/c folded signatures an hour. The resulting growth saw sales offices opening in New York, Baltimore and Richmond. Today, George operates one of the most fully equipped and capable companies in the country having digital presses with variable data capability along with sheetfed and full web presses capable of printing anywhere from 1 to 8 colors in line complimented by an extensive prepress and powerhouse bindery including saddlestitching, perfect binding, remoistenable gluing, UV coating, mailing, fulfillment and more. Over the years, George and his company have garnered a myriad of local, regional, national and even world awards for best color and best printing. George has been inducted into NAPL’s prestigious Soderstrom Society and, most recently, giving the highest honor in printing by being inducted into The National Printing Hall of Fame.
my career in this company
April 2008 – Present
Started as receptionist, greeting clients and visitors to office. Handled the mail, faxes deliveries routing to appropriate staff members. Prepared invoices and billing for accounts payable department. Report to owner of company; maintain calendar and schedule for owner. Assumed administrative responsibilities including upkeep of company mailing list and other documents using Microsoft Excel. Type letters and memos as appropriate. Assist as needed in Accounts Payable. Assist clients and customers who call on the telephone or in person. Do research when requested.