Randy Freeman, QuadTech Vice President and General Manager of Packaging retires

A message from QuadTech president Karl Fritchen:

I am a true believer that in each of our lives we have moments where we have a chance to meet someone who will have a significant influence on our lives and we don't even see it happening at that very moment. In the Fall of 1982 I had one of these opportunities. I had just graduated from high school and had enrolled in a Electronics program in Milwaukee. I was a few weeks into a self-paced program when a new student by the name of Randy Freeman joined the program.

Randy Freeman, Vice President and
General Manager of Packaging

He introduced himself one of the first days and I immediately knew he was in a different place than most of the rest of us. He was flying through all of the tests and labs at an amazing pace. I was not all that excited about school in general and wanted to get through as quickly as possible. I challenged myself to  keep up with Randy—and that was almost an impossible task. But he was helpful in explaining things when I needed help, and I think I managed to finish within about two weeks after him. I believe he graduated with the highest GPA in the history of the school at that time.

After graduating, I didn't see Randy for several years as I took any job I could to pay the bills. Then one day I applied to an ad in the paper for a position in Field Service for a company called QuadTech. In the second interview I was asked if I knew Randy Freeman and I said yes, we went to school together a few years ago. After three or four interviews I was finally offered a position. I have been grateful ever since for Randy’s help getting the opportunity and for everything he has done for me over the years. Especially in my role for the past 12 years, Randy’s support and willingness to help in whatever role I needed him in has been a blessing.

Randy started with QuadTech in 1982 as a Field Service Manager. Then-president Tom Quadracci quickly understood Randy’s value, and began asking more and more of him as he developed and managed our Order Management and Product Management areas before being elevated to V.P. of Customer Service in 1987. Tom asked Randy to help again in 1990 by moving into the V.P. of Sales & Marketing role. In 2002, I asked Randy if he would expand his Marketing role and take on a badly needed New Business Development role to help us identify new opportunities for company growth. This led to his move to General Manager of Packaging in 2008, where he has helped us grow this area of our business with acquisitions of PressTech, Vigitek and most recently the technology purchase of RGB.

I would be remiss if I didn't speak about the positive influence that Randy has had on our growth internationally. He has travelled the globe on our behalf helping to establish and support our offices, and in doing so has established some lifelong relationships with some of our employees and customers. He has been a true ambassador of our company, as witnessed by the response of the initial clients who have heard of his retirement.

I have had the pleasure of working with Randy for the past 29 years. Over the past 32 years he has been such a big part of forming QuadTech into the company it is today. As Randy moves into retirement it is our job to carry his work forward. His influence on me will never be forgotten.

Randy, I want to thank you personally for everything you have done for me and for our company. You have been a good mentor and friend and I will truly miss you. I wish all the best to you and Betsy in retirement. Don't be a stranger!

Sussex, Wisconsin, USA — April 28th, 2014