CHICAGO, IL – Glen Ashcraft, Western Regional Sales Director for A.B.Dick, will retire at the end of the year after 50 years in the printing industry. Ashcraft has worked out of A.B.Dick’s office near Portland in Tigard, Oregon, since 1997 after spending the first 43 years of his career with A.M. International. Replacing him will be Kent Wolford, who has worked in Houston as the company’s Area Sales Manager since 2001.
Larry Mascia, A.B.Dick Vice President of Sales, said Ashcraft will be feted at a company dinner in Chicago on January 17 as part of the sales team’s annual kickoff event. For Ashcraft, 50 years has been a wonderful ride.
“I’ve had a quota longer than (A.B.Dick President and CEO) Brian Longe has been alive,” joked Ashcraft while recalling his career. “I started in the business in 1954 at Addressograph Multigraph in Oakland, California, and spent the next 43 years in sales and sales management,” recalled Ashcraft. “After I retired the first time, I was contacted by A.B.Dick Company in 1997 to take over their western region. Over the past seven years, we have developed a highly successful group of people who achieve their goals because they always work as a team.”
“I worked with Glen when Multigraphics was known as A.M. International before we worked together at A.B.Dick,” said Mascia. “He has always had the best outlook and attitude about the business. You felt better after having a conversation with him because he was always optimistic. I know he energized me with his enthusiasm.”
Ashcraft amassed an enviable sales record throughout his career, at one point exceeding his sales objectives for 25 consecutive years. After January 17, Ashcraft intends to spend more time with his family and his passions. He and his wife, Barbara, raised four children and have 10 grandchildren. They have an affinity for their two, 9-year-old golden retrievers, and there is the University of Oregon football program. Season ticket holders, the Ashcrafts have not missed a Ducks home game in the last 20 years.
Wolford joined A.B.Dick in 2001. A 19-year industry veteran, he previously held management positions at A.M. International, Webtron Corp. and High Speed Checkweigher, prior to joining A.B.Dick. Ironically, it was Ashcraft who hired and gave him his start in the industry at A.M. International.
“Glen is a great guy and I’m going to do my best to fill the shoes of a big man in this business,” said Wolford. “I have a lot of respect for him and he’s done a fantastic job. I think having worked with him, combined with the sales and marketing experience I’ve accumulated in my career, will help me succeed in this position.”
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