As a division of Quad/Graphics, QuadTech is an employee-owned company. Since our beginning, we have kept our management structure remarkably lean. Our egalitarian structure facilitates communication and our ability to be agile, despite our ongoing growth. It also enables us to be extremely proactive on your behalf.
When he was named to serve as President of QuadTech in August 2002, Karl Fritchen had already made many major contributions to the company's growth and evolution. Fritchen started with QuadTech in 1985 as a Field Service Representative. He spent considerable time in Japan and the Asia-Pacific region, absorbing the art and science of printing, learning all he could about the markets, studying every aspect of press technology and, most importantly, servicing and getting to know auxiliary press and finishing control customers. Later, Fritchen advanced to Customer Service, where he worked with customers worldwide supporting their press and finishing control orders and helping them with new product training. Due to his excellent rapport with customers, Fritchen was asked to serve as Sales Manager for Asia-Pacific in 1991. Four years later, he was promoted to Director of Worldwide Sales and, shortly thereafter, he was named Vice President of Sales. Currently, Fritchen has his leadership team and the entire QuadTech workforce focused on “Quest to be the Best,” a program utilizing the Lean Transformation business process and Kaizen events for rapid and sustained change.
Since 1989 as Vice President, Randy Freeman’s list of responsibilities included marketing, engineering, sales, service and international operations. Freeman started with Quad in 1983 as a service coordinator, learning printing through hands-on installation and servicing of QuadTech equipment in web offset pressrooms. A year later, he earned a promotion to management where he focused on marketing and product development. From there, Freeman moved to product management, playing a leading role in determining how QuadTech products are designed for use in world markets. His role as Vice President of Business Development gave him additional in-depth experience in business development, strategic partnerships and acquisitions. Freeman now applies this knowledge and experience to his current role as Vice President and General Manager of Packaging where he has been overseeing the development of innovative products and services for the packaging market since 2009. Freeman has a Bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Illinois-Champaign and an Associate’s degree in electronics from CDI in Milwaukee, WI.
Vince Balistrieri joined QuadTech in 2005. In his position, Balistrieri focuses on continuously improving the speed, quality, and cost-effectiveness of product innovations to help QuadTech customers be more competitive in their markets. This involves implementing process improvement methodologies such as Kaizen, Lean, Six Sigma and others. Bringing 20 years of experience to QuadTech, Balistrieri arrived at our company from Johnson Controls, where he served as Director of Engineering for four years. He led the Fortune 100 company’s efforts to develop and support controllers and software tools for building automation systems. Previously, he held several engineering positions in a 16-year career with Rockwell International and Rockwell Automation, including management of software and firmware development. Balistrieri holds a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering technology and a Master’s degree in engineering management from the Milwaukee School of Engineering.
Kevin joined QuadTech in 2010. As Director of Finance, Conrad oversees all accounting and finance functions for QuadTech’s worldwide network of offices. Prior to joining QuadTech, Conrad served five of his nine years as assistant controller for a leading medical imaging company. It was there that Conrad was instrumental in the integration of accounting systems and processes through three acquisitions; originally Camtronics Medical Systems, a subsidiary of Analogic Corp., which was acquired by Emageon, Inc. in 2005, subsequently acquired by Amicas, Inc. in 2009, and then in 2010 by Merge Healthcare, Inc., a leading provider of healthcare IT solutions, primarily cardiology and radiology hardware and software systems. Previous to that, Conrad spent several years in public accounting. Conrad holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and is a Certified Public Accountant.
As Director of Materials since 2008, Jeff Karch oversees QuadTech’s Purchasing, Planning and Quality teams. His main responsibility is the development and implementation of programs to drive continuous improvement in the supply chain. Karch’s QuadTech career started in manufacturing in 1988. Five years later, he moved into Engineering where he mastered circuit board and electrical design. Promoted to management in 2000, Karch accepted responsibility for the Press Automation Team. In 2006, he was one of the founders and manager of Quad/Graphics’ service and support team. Karch holds degrees in electronic technology and circuit board design from Waukesha County (Wisconsin) Technical College.
Dan Piergies, Director of Manufacturing and Field Service and General Manager of Quad/Graphics Support Business Unit
His multiple titles require handling many roles, but Dan Piergies comes to these positions after having mastered numerous roles throughout the company. Originally hired as an external manufacturing coordinator, Piergies later worked as service manager for the material handling product lines. There, he oversaw service scheduling, inventory and customer training. In 2000, he moved into management as the manufacturing manager of Finishing products. As the Director of Manufacturing, Piergies coordinates activities pertaining to the quality production of all QuadTech products, including receiving, warehousing, painting, assembling, testing, packaging and shipping. His position as Director of Field Service requires him to oversee the coordination of product installation, ensuring a positive and effective customer experience. Piergies also serves as the General Manager of the Quad/Graphics Support Business Unit, coordinating all aspects of order management, engineering, manufacturing and field service required to support Quad/Graphics. As an employee of Heidelberg and Contiweb, Piergies was not only familiar with QuadTech’s equipment, but had purchased it, before he joined the company in 1998. He brought a solid 15 years' experience in auxiliary printing equipment to the job.