||As vice president of Admiral Products Inc., Paul Hvisda has witnessed the changes that have swept through the printing and graphics industry since he started working in the family-run business in the late 1980s.
“It is truly amazing how things have changed,” said Hvisda. “Many printing companies in the area are no longer in business. We knew we had to adjust and fortunately we made the right moves.”
|This might not have happened had Hvisda continued on his original career path. After graduating from Rocky River High School in 1982, Hvisda entered the pre-law and political science program at Ohio University. Soon he switched to communications and then came home, working for the city of Rocky River.
In the spring of 1984, Hvisda enrolled at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) and took core courses on the Western Campus. His interest in the graphic arts led him to that course of study and his teachers, Bob Retino and Ron Humphrey, fostered his interest and ability.
“Those two men, along with my other teachers, were just great. They motivated, supported and informed their students in ways that are difficult to find in many colleges,” Hvisda said.
In 1993, Hvisda left Tri-C with his Associate of Applied Science degree in graphic communications management and technology. This very technical program gave him the tools he needed to make good decisions for the company’s future.
As Hvisda’s career advanced, past advice from teachers came to mind: “Keep learning.” He enrolled part time at Baldwin-Wallace College, attending classes at night and on weekends. In 2001, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in business management. With frequent attendance at seminars pertaining to the business, continuing education has become part of his life.
In recognition of business and professional acumen, Hvisda has been named to the Advisory Council of the Printing Industries of Ohio and Northern Kentucky (PIANKO). He also has served as vice chair and chair of PIANKO. In 2011, he was inducted into the Graphic Arts Council of Cleveland’s Hall of Distinction, an honor he shares with his father.
A long-time member and former board chair of the Rocky River Chamber of Commerce, Hvisda believes in giving back to his community. He also has given back to Tri-C by speaking to business classes about the principles of good management.
“Tri-C started it for me by giving me the technical skills needed to get into this industry and compete,” said Hvisda. “I learned the importance of education and continuing education to stay on top of changes in the profession.”