2019 In Review: An Interview with Nahan COO, Curt Tillotson
Author: Melissa Fransen, Marketing Manager
2019 was another great year for Nahan and I thought it would be a great time to take an opportunity to interview Curt Tillotson, who serves as Nahan’s Chief Operating Officer. Curt started with Nahan in 2011 after many years at a regional grocer and at Best Buy in business development and financial roles . Outside of work, Curt is kept quite busy with his wife and their seven children. So, without further ado, let’s get started!
What are three accomplishments that you are particularly proud of that Nahan achieved in 2019?
Curt: Well, 2019 was an amazing year with many all-time records established. I can only pick three? This is not easy but I will give it a shot:
First, we managed to land over 100 new accounts. We are very appreciative of all of the companies that trust us to print for them.
Second, our new website was launched in 2019 and it looks amazing! Take a look when you have a chance.
Third, we continue to invest in our business and have purchased industry-leading equipment which allows us to amaze our customers even more
In three words, tell me what you think made Nahan stand out in 2019.
Curt: PEOPLE! PEOPLE! PEOPLE! We are so proud of our people. We continue to create opportunities for them and they step up again and again.
What do you like most about working for Nahan?
Curt: I really enjoy working side by side with this amazing team here at Nahan. We accomplish far more than I could ever ask or imagine.
Nahan won several awards again for the quality of our work through Gold Ink, Sappi, and PIM – something we are very proud of. Tell me from your perspective, what this means to you.
Curt: Plain and simple, we are the best printer in North America. All of these awards are a testimony to what our customers tell us every day. We truly never stop being the best.
Nahan opened Nahan University, our employee training center in 2019, which has already benefited many of our employees. Tell me about how things are coming along with the training center.
Curt: As we go into 2020, there will be a lot of training opportunities for all of our employees. We believe that is the best way to equip our people to win in the marketplace.
Do you have any New Year’s Resolutions you’d like to share?
Curt: Suffice it to say, I will be part of a weight loss team!
You speak quite often about our Nahan Values. Tell me about one of those values and what it means to you.
Curt: Never Stop Being the Best!
This value epitomizes Nahan Printing and our founders and owners. We are never satisfied with the status quo. We always want to make things better. It has been said that the slowest a piece of equipment runs is the first day it comes in the building. That is our attitude day in and day out. And, it is absolutely critical. Competition is fierce in the print industry. Our customers have many choices when it comes to printing. We have to be the best in the business in order to win.
“It has been said that the slowest a piece of equipment runs is the first day it comes in the building.”– Curt Tillotson, Chief Operating Officer, Nahan Printing
Nahan supported a number of local charitable organizations again in 2019. Tell me about one that stood out to you this year.
Curt: We supported the United Way more than ever in 2019. I love the work that United Way does day in and day out. Not only do they help many, many people who are truly in need but they also make sure that our charitable donations are spent wisely.
What are you most excited about as Nahan goes into 2020?
Curt: Winning! We have made tremendous strides as a company and I look forward to making even greater progress in 2020. We have great employees who operate as a team. We have industry leading equipment. We have a customer base that LOVES our work.
Bio: Melissa Fransen is our Marketing Manager. She started with Nahan in May of 2017. Melissa is responsible for Nahan’s marketing initiatives, which includes everything from conference planning to social media initiatives. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys spending time with her husband and enjoying time in the outdoors with family and friends.