Member Spotlight — Zachary Covington
To help our members get to know each other each month IPMA will be featuring member in a Member Spotlight.
This month, get to know Zachary Covington, CGCM, System Support Specialist, Printing & Copy Services, Iowa State University
1. Why do you belong to IPMA?
IPMA is a great resource to collaborate on common problems, and share knowledge and experience with others. It is also a great way to network with peers!
2. What would you consider your proudest professional accomplishment?
Obtaining the CGCM at the IPMA conference last year. I learned a lot in the process of studying for the exams and have been able to apply that knowledge every day.
Another accomplishment is in the implementation of a new MIS system for our department. In the process I have gained a lot of in-depth knowledge of every aspect of our department.
3. How many years have you been in the printing industry?
Almost 10 years.
4. How many years have you been an IPMA member?
5. Describe your most unique work experience?
I worked for a summer at General Mills in Cedar Rapids, IA while I was in school. I worked on the fruit roll up line, loading ingredients.
6. How did you get started in the printing / mailing industry?
My roots for the Printing / Mailing industry started when I worked on our high school newspaper. I started working in the Printing & Mailing industry a year before graduating from Iowa State University. I was hired to work full time doing IT work for Printing Services. I continue in that role today, and now supervise our pre-press and wide format production areas. I also led the implementation of our new print management solution.
7. Favorite vacation spot?
A cabin in the woods, with water close by. The more remote the better.
8. What type of films/movies do you like?
Comedy, Family (I have 2 Daughters (4 and 1)