The Walsworth Board of Directors is responsible for ensuring the best interests of our customers, and employees are always considered when making long-term strategic decisions that will make the company financially strong for generations to come.
Board of Directors
, Chief Executive Officer
Don Walsworth is the Chief Executive Officer of Walsworth, the 27th largest printing company in the United States and among the top four yearbook printers. The company operates from administrative offices and printing and binding facilities in Marceline, Mo., a prepress facility in Brookfield, Mo., a sales and marketing office in Overland Park, Kan., and a printing facility in Saint Joseph, Mich. Additionally, the company owns the Donning Company Publishers in Virginia Beach, Va., a specialty book publisher, and The Ovid Bell Press in Fulton, Mo., a printer of journals and magazines.
“We have remained a family-owned company for more than 80 years because of our loyal customers and dedicated employees. It is indeed a privilege to serve our customers and it’s an honor to work alongside such outstanding men and women who make a positive difference every day.”
Don grew up in Marceline, Missouri, where Walsworth is based. He graduated from the University of Missouri in 1957 with a Bachelor of Science degree in education, completed post graduate studies at Carnegie Mellon University in printing management, and then began his career with Walsworth that same year. Ten years later, in 1967, Don became the company’s president.
Don has received numerous recognitions throughout his career, but is especially honored to have been named the Small Businessman of the Year for the Missouri-Kansas Region by the Small Business Administration in 1975. Former Governor John Ashcroft appointed Don to the Missouri State Highway and Transportation Commission in 1985, of which he was chairman in 1991-92. Former Governor Bob Holden appointed Don to the University of Missouri System Board of Curators in 2003, where he served for six years.
In 2004, Don was nominated and received the prestigious business honor of Missouri/Kansas Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for Manufacturing. In September, 2007, Don was awarded the prestigious Missourian Award. This award is bestowed upon Missourians who have made outstanding contributions to their state in civics, business, arts or politics.
As President, Don is responsible for establishing the strategic direction of the company so it can continue serving the needs of its customers while providing opportunities for Walsworth’s employees and their communities.
“My role is to ensure our company values of Fun, Integrity, Respect, Safety and Teamwork are a natural part of our culture and considered with every decision we make. When we do that, I believe we will continue creating value for our customers and employees for the next 80 years and beyond.”
Don grew up in Marceline, Missouri, where Walsworth is based. He first worked for the company in the plant during the summers as a teenager. Don holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Stanford University in Stanford, California. After college, Don played professional golf for 14 years. He has continued his education with executive courses at the Wharton School of Business
He returned to Walsworth in 2000. Don has held several positions in the company, starting his career as a yearbook sales representative working with advisers, principals and students. He also was a sales manager and executive vice president before becoming president and a member of the company’s board of directors in 2004.
Don is a member of the Young Presidents Organization and former member of Vistage International. Don and his wife, Shea, recently chaired the 2017 Kansas City Spirit Awards, a benefit for Cornerstones of Care, a collective of five agencies serving the needs of children and youth in the Kansas City metro area.
, Chief Operating Officer
As Chief Operating Officer, Jim Mead plans and directs all aspects of the organization’s strategy and operational policies, objectives and initiatives. Jim relies heavily on his extensive experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals, using a wide degree of creativity and latitude to lead and direct.
Jim’s team develops products and services to help Walsworth customers succeed. They create a delivery platform for those services to maximize value impact to the customer. For the company itself, they identify long-term objectives that will sustain the organization, create shareholder value and reinvestment plans to sustain the organization. For the employees, the team provides opportunity for personal growth and career objectives to be achieved, creating a culture where people make the difference.
Jim holds a degree in economics and political science from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey and a Master of Business Administration from the Katz School of Business, University of Pittsburgh. He has more than 30 years of experience in the printing industry. Jim started with Walsworth in 2004.
“Being associated with Walsworth gives me the opportunity to work with fantastic people who achieve great things.”
, Chief Financial Officer
As Chief Financial Officer, Jeff Vogel oversees all financial aspects of the company, and leads and participates in various strategic initiatives and activities. The Finance Team regularly interacts with customers, vendors and employees.
“While the external customer and vendor interactions are extremely important, I constantly remind my group that our biggest customers are others internal to the Walsworth organization. The way that we can most impact the overall success of our company is to support the various efforts of our sales and operational teams.”
Jeff grew up in the small rural community of Bowling Green, Missouri. He holds a bachelor’s degree of Accountancy from the University of Missouri in Columbia and obtained his Certified Public Accountant credentials from the State of Missouri. Jeff began his professional career in the St. Louis office of Arthur Andersen.
Jeff joined Walsworth in 2004 with 16 years of experience in accounting, consulting and financial leadership. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Brookfield R-III School District’s Board of Education, Regional Missouri Bank, the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Royalty Capital Corporation, and the Walker Foundation for the Trulaske School of Business at the University of Missouri.
, Executive Vice President of Manufacturing Operations
Mark Hatfield is the Executive Vice President of Manufacturing Operations. He oversees all functions related to the plants and leads the team creating the product.
Mark grew up in Bristol, Tennessee. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Tennessee Technological University. He started at Walsworth in August 1995 as Brookfield General Manager.
Mark came to Walsworth with more than 10 years of experience in the printing industry, in both yearbook and commercial trade. In addition to his career with Walsworth, Mark served six years on the Marceline City Council, three of those as Mayor.
“Walsworth has had a strong desire to stay on the technical edge – on the leading edge, not the bleeding edge as we often say here. And what it’s allowed me to do is take what I’ve learned in my past experience, add technology improvements to that, and help the company grow. It’s been very rewarding to see the company grow and employ different people and expand into different markets.”
, Executive Vice President, Walsworth Commercial Sales
As the Executive Vice President of Commercial Sales, David A. Grisa leads the team that provides consultative solutions to magazine, catalog and book publishers in various market segments by evaluating their revenue and content distribution services.
David grew up in Merrill, Wisconsin. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology, with a concentration in Graphic Arts Management, from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie, Wisconsin. He has 31 years of experience in the printing industry, and 25 years of experience in regional and national sales management roles for both privately and publicly held companies. David joined Walsworth in 2011.
“I have enjoyed the opportunity to join Walsworth and align our market strategies to the needs of our various markets and developing and training our sales organization to assist our client and prospects to meet their goals.”
, Executive Vice President, Yearbook Sales
Jeff Bell is the Executive Vice President of Sales at Walsworth, where he is responsible for growing sales in the Yearbook Division. He manages area sales managers and more than 100 sales representatives. Jeff directs additional employees from recruiting, training, event management and sales support personnel.
Jeff’s sales organization maintains relationships with thousands of customers through training, project management, and inspiration. They engage with yearbook advisers, students and school administrators to achieve an extremely high customer retention rate and steady growth of new customers year over year.
Jeff grew up in Indianapolis. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Visual Communication Design from Purdue University. Jeff began his career as a graphic design artist and came to Walsworth two years removed from college. He started as a sales representative and delivered more than $12 million of lifetime sales. Jeff was among the top five in new sales for multiple years, and was a five-year member of the Million Dollar Club.
“It’s an honor to have spent most of my professional career in progressive sales roles at the best yearbook company in the world. Being associated with a family-owned company that puts its employees first inspires me to leverage my passion for the business and lead others to have lengthy, fulfilling careers here while contributing to our company’s success.”
, Executive Vice President, Human Resources & Corporate Secretary
As Executive Vice President of Human Resources, Ed Kennedy is responsible for all human resources functions for the corporation.
“Our Human Resources mission is to develop and implement programs to ensure that Walsworth can attract, retain and motivate high-quality employees. We are passionate about striving for the highest level of internal customer service and support possible.”
Ed holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resource Management from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. He also has the lifetime designation as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) from the Society of Human Resources Management.
Ed grew up in the small town of Spring Valley, Illinois, and he has pursued his entire career in the Midwest. Ed is a highly motivated individual with a strong sense of professional responsibility. He has 40 years of human resources experience in manufacturing, including the printing, transportation, construction and chemical industries.
In the past, Ed has served on several boards including Pershing Memorial Hospital, YMCA and the Missouri Foundation for Health – Community Advisory Council. He currently is president of the Senate Bill 40 Board of Directors.
Ed joined Walsworth as Director of Human Resources in 1996 and assumed board responsibility in 1997. He was promoted to Vice President in 2005 and Executive Vice President in 2011. He is responsible for all human resources functions for the corporation.
, President, The Ovid Bell Press
Troy Joe Williams Jr. is president of The Ovid Bell Press, Inc., which Walsworth purchased in 2013.
“I’m proud to work for a family that values manufacturing and its financial impact on our society. I think it is very rewarding to stand up at the end of the day and say, ‘We printed that.’”
Troy grew up in Grain Valley, Missouri. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Missouri, and a Masters of Engineering in Manufacturing from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Troy has previously worked as Chief Engineer and Vice President of Operations at LaBarge Products, Inc., and as Chief Engineer at Propper International.
He joined The Ovid Bell Press in 2014.
, Dean Emeritus, Trulaske College of Business, University of Missouri-Columbia
Bruce Walker serves as an outside director for Walsworth in addition to his duties as president of Centennial Investors, the angel-investing network in mid-Missouri. He served as dean of the Trulaske College of Business at the University of Missouri for 20 years. He made the transition to faculty member in 2010. He worked as a professor of marketing for five years in the Trulaske College of Business, and as co-director of the Cornell Leadership Program for high-ability undergraduates.
Bruce holds an undergraduate degree in economics from Seattle University, and both an MBA and a Ph.D. in business from the University of Colorado in Denver, Colorado.
In addition to his place on the Walsworth Board of Directors, Bruce serves on the boards of directors of the MIC Accelerator Fund Manager, Inc., and the Trulaske College of Business’s Walker Foundation, as well as the Columbia Chamber of Commerce and the Missouri Innovation Center (both ex officio). He is also on the advisory board for Spirit of ’76 Fireworks and is a partner in Quartet Arizona, LLC.
Bruce and his wife, Pam, are volunteers with the Hagan Scholarship Foundation, which is based in Columbia.
“As a board member, I’ve learned more about Walsworth’s unwavering commitment to both its customers and employees. I’ve also developed an admiration for Walsworth’s top-quality leadership team. It’s an honor to be associated with this successful, family-owned company.”
, Director of LabConco, Inc.; Director of ACT Corporation, Inc.; former President and CEO, Gold Banc Corporation
Malcolm (Mick) Aslin is retired from the Aslin Group, Inc. He and Don O. Walsworth have known each other for decades. They were once business partners and have worked together on the Strategic Development Board of the University of Missouri Business School.
Mick adds an outside, independent perspective to discussion on the issues brought before ownership and management.
“For me, it is a very fulfilling role, to be part of an organization that is constantly seeking ways to better serve its customers and employees, and the communities in which it’s located. Not all companies are focused on all constituencies in the same way Walsworth is, and that’s always been very important to me.”
Mick holds a Masters degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. He has served on the Walsworth Board of Directors since 2007. He also serves on the boards of Labconco, Inc., and MRI Global, Inc.