Posted on February 18, 2013 by Jon Launer - No Comments ↓
Jon Launer founded Oahu Print Company in 2012 with one major goal in mind - To bring all of the diverse printing experience and well rounded industry knowledge he had received over the last 20 years to help small to medium sized business attain a cohesive and well planned communications and marketing agenda while delivering professional looking top quality services and products.
Jon Launer began in the print manufacturing industry while attending college at the University of Illinois in Springfield, Illinois in order to attain his degree in Business Management with a minor in Marketing.
His first job was as a production assistant for the local Kinko's Copy Center.
It was at this job that he
quickly related the widgets he
was learning about in college to the copies he
was making for the retail public.
While in his
first 6 months of employment he
was not only completing his
college courses, but also soaking up all the training classes that Kinko's
had to offer.
Project Management, Leadership Training, Document Design, Xerox DocuTech Certification, Color Theory, etc., Jon
educated himself in all he
could related to the products and services that Kinko's
had to offer.
Within the fist year Jon
had attained several industry related certifications related to the equipment and job skills that are needed to run a successful copy shop/Print company.
, Cannon, GBC, SEAL, MAC, PC
, and many more machines and software were among the many feathers that were being added to his
cap of knowledge.
Not only did he
learn about all of this but he
got to live it in the extremely fast paced, high-stress, and highly demanding position that only the retail environment could throw at him.
By the 18th month of his
employment at Kinko's Jon had gone from a production assistant, then moved to Project Manager, Shift Manager, Assistant Manager and was getting ready to start managing his
very own store in the downtown financial district of Miami Florida.
Unfortunately for Jon
the store was among the worst 10 stores financially at that time for the Kinko's corporation
Within the fist 3 months Jon
had implemented many new training opportunities for his
employees while also implementing procedures to reduce waste which were later deployed company wide on a national scale which save the company millions of dollars annually, a recycling program which was also the first of its kind for the corporation (and this was in 1995!), recovered over $50K in loss video conferencing revenues, and had taken the store from the bottom of the pile to the top 20 stores in the entire company worldwide.
After managing the Kinko's in Miami for 2 years Jon returned to the Midwest for a position with the Xerox Corporation that he had been recruited for by their Vice President of operations.
was placed in charge of the "Docu-Team".
A team of highly skilled and widely specialized associates who would be like the Special Forces of the document industry in the St. Louis and missouri area.
Xerox Business Services had many facility management accounts with companies such as Anheuser Bush
, Enterprise Rent-a-Car
, Hyatt Regency
, and about 20 other local fortune 500 companies.
Their team would fill in for associates when they had to take vacation time, sick leave, unexpected terminations, etc.
Aside from the daily duties the team would also establish operating procedures for new accounts and train associates on a wide variety of equipment and printing process aimed at reducing waste and increasing efficiency.
held this position for 4 years before he
was tasked with aiding the Monsanto account with their marketing and design department.
It was here that he
learned many of the skills that relate to his
design experience today.
Jon left Xerox in 2001 to start his own consulting firm, Consultative Technology Solutions, with Washington University being on one his first clients.
With services ranging from sales consultation for business products to document management and printing services, CTS quickly became much more successful that Jon
could have ever imagined.
In the next couple of years it became quite apparent that his
company was becoming more of a high end deign and printing company so he
changed the company name to Premiere Design Group
and continued on his
way assisting banks, retail businesses, small print companies, local restaurants/bars, and more to have professional communications and marketing materials.
In 2005 Jon
realized another goal when he
moved the operation to Hawaii.
Jon set up shop in his
new home located in Ewa Beach HI. Although strange in location the services offered along with the high end products that they produced quickly became a staple and B competitor in the local marketplace.
With the vast amount of industry experience already in place he
sites on being very attuned with the local print environment.
takes the time to meet with his
local peers and regularly meets with some of the largest to smallest of the local printers on Oahu
has had appointments and talked with almost every design, advertising firm, etc as well.
aggressively sought out local designers and starting categorizing their styles in order to meet any demands his
clients may have.
determined the capabilities of each local printer in order to make sure he
had the right solution for his
strongly believes that competent printing and marketing starts with stellar designs and cohesive strategies.
It has never been his
goal to be the biggest, most successful, or even most profitable company of its kind.
It is the desire to have a superior industry knowledge that helps eliminate the need for printing when possible, help his
clients reach their target audience more effectively, and of course cut costs whenever possible.