Doug Larsen Receives Recognition for IPMA CGCM Certification
BOYS TOWN BEACON
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Print Shop Manager Celebrates 20 Years as Certified Graphic Communications Manager
Doug Larsen has always had a passion for paper. With a keen attention for detail, he studies the smallest details of envelope textures, can decipher between multiple fonts and typefaces, and can tell you the weight of a postcard just by holding it in his hands.
“I believe in the power of printed communication,” said Larsen, who has managed Boys Town’s Print Shop for 23 years and counting. “Since the early cave drawings, people have been able to communicate ideas, thoughts and concepts through graphics.”
Larsen began his Boys Town career in 1995 and three years later, in 1998, he was encouraged by his boss at the time to earn his certification as a Graphic Communications Manager from the In-Plant Printing and Mailing Association (IPMA). After hours of studying and a four-hour test, Larsen officially became a Certified Graphic Communications Manager (CGCM).
Since 1998, Larsen has continually kept up his certification by recertifying every five years. Recertification as a CGCM can include a mixture of educational programs and courses, membership in a professional association devoted to the fields of management or graphic communication, attendance at the IPMA annual conference, published articles, exam proctoring, voluntary leadership, and/or professional speeches and instruction.
Now in his 20th year as a CGCM, Larsen is only one of 400 men and women in the corporate publishing profession to hold this certification. “By taking the CGCM test, I have met plenty of very experienced graphic communication managers and learned lots of tips and tricks of the trade from them,” said Larsen. “But, it was the concentrated study of books and articles in areas of printing and management that I wouldn’t have ordinarily delved into without going through the certification process.”
In a fast-paced and rapidly changing industry, no day is ever the same at the Boys Town Print Shop, and as a CGCM, Larsen is able to solve problems quickly and provide the best customer service to his clientele. “My title has been Print Shop Manager for 23 years, but the job has evolved from solving printing press problems to solving digital publishing problems,” said Larsen. “We have great customers who are both reasonable and intelligent.”
While Larsen enjoys working with his customers, being able to see the work Boys Town does firsthand is something he enjoys witnessing in his line of work. “I know of no other place that perpetually provides healing and hope for children and families. I have seen it firsthand through the students that have worked here in the Print Shop. Their growth in their social skills is visible during their stay at Boys Town. I think it is fun to be part of the ‘miracle-making’ here at Boys Town.”
Having been in this industry for more than 20 years, Larsen also knows that without teamwork and collaboration, no work in the Print Shop would be able to get done right or efficiently. “I would like to send praise to the Boys Town Print Shop staff who I work with daily, to our customers and to other who support the Print Shop with outstanding equipment, software and a pioneering spirit when we attempt something new.”
(Posted 6/22/18 with permission of the Boys Town Beacon)