Let’s Talk With – Scott Dunn
Written by Idea File Staff
AS THE SHEET-FED PRESS ROOM MANAGER, DUNN DIRECTS THE PEOPLE WHO RUN THE PRESSES THAT PRINT YOUR YEARBOOK. HIS DEPARTMENT, ONE OF THE FAVORITES ON THE CUSTOMER PLANT TOUR, HAS 18 PRESSES AND ABOUT 80 PEOPLE DURING PEAK YEARBOOK PRINTING SEASON. WALSWORTH’S KOMORI PRESSES CAN RUN 13,000 FULL-COLOR SHEETS AN HOUR AND CAN HANDLE 1,500 PLATES PER DAY DURING PEAK SEASON. THAT’S AN AVERAGE OF 6,000 PAGES.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR JOB?
I’m responsible for the sheet-fed press room. I see my job as a teacher, coach and mentor. I pride myself on developing people so they can be all they can be. I don’t look at myself as a boss. I look to help people. I’m more of a team leader than a boss.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF YOUR JOB?
My favorite part is actually working with the people and seeing them grow in their jobs. Each of my employees is an integral part of this department, and I make sure I’m being fair and consistent with people. The most rewarding thing is the team we have built to reach our goals. I want to feel comfortable that if I left tomorrow, someone could walk right in and not miss a lick. But don’t tell Don Walsworth that.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WITH WALSWORTH?
Eleven years, but I have been in the printing industry since 1971, when I was in high school. I took Industrial Arts and worked in printing part-time in high school. In the military I made topographical maps in the latter part of the Vietnam War.
WHAT IMPROVEMENT IN YOUR AREA HAS BENEFITED THE CUSTOMER THE MOST?
Our print quality. We’re customer-sensitive in many ways, such as meeting deadlines, but our print quality is number one. We still have more improvement we can do. But from what I hear from Mike Summers (director of customer service), our sales people are telling him that the customers are impressed with our print quality.
WHAT ACTIVITIES DO YOU ENJOY OUTSIDE OF WORK?
I hunt and fish, but I really enjoy spending time with my family. We have been blessed with three very good boys. They are grown now – one’s an Arkansas Highway Patrol trooper, one is with the Moberly (Mo.) police department and one is a diesel mechanic with Caterpillar. I spent a good part of my career working nights, so I worked at spending quality time with them. I taught them to hunt and fish. They’ve got their heads on straight.
I make my own fishing lures. That’s been P.R. around the plant for me. I give some to employees, and they really like them.
And I’m a huge Nebraska Cornhusker fan. I used to live in Nebraska, and you can’t live there and not be a Cornhusker fan. My office is a shrine to the Cornhuskers.