Why Semper Serves the Print Industry
I started to learn about printing during high school – which was just after Gutenberg came on the scene. I worked at a local newspaper bundling off the end of an ancient Harris V-15 Web. Knowing nothing about printing, I saw that first night what appeared to be magic and wanted to learn more. I was amazed at the rolls of blank newsprint at one end and hot-off-the-press newspapers coming out the other and of course everything else in between. I still have that feeling today when I am in a printing plant.
Except for the time I was a test rider for Harley-Davidson at the Arizona Proving Grounds, I have been associated with the business of print in some form or another. I started as a press helper and eventually became president of a packaging company. The first shop foreman I worked for told me, “If this ink gets in your blood, you will do it the rest of your life.” He was right and to this day, I am truly fine with that.
I have held many positions in my career over the years and learned a lot. What I know today is that there is always more to learn about the business and manufacturing of print. It can be both frustrating and fruitful, all in the same day, and every day. My perspectives come from several experiences over the years, including the early days of prepress (yes it was camera and film in those days). From developing plates by hand to running projects on letterpress, flexography equipment, and offset and digital presses. I have worked in bindery and mailing, as well as purchasing and selling print over the years.
I love printing and the people I have come to know because of it. Relationships and connections run deep. I am still in touch with my second boss who hired me over forty years ago. We are fortunate to have an industry made up of a unique, tight-knit group of folks that work extremely hard and care a lot more about what many folks see as recycling for tomorrow. Print truly is in my blood.
David Regan, Co-Founder and CEO
David Regan is the CEO of the Semper Group, the nation’s largest and most trusted supplier of skilled staff for the print, premedia, graphic and interactive media industry, PrintWorkers.com and SemperHealth. With over 20 years of service, David and the Semper team have placed more than 60,000 individuals with top companies around the United States, from Staples and Jack Morton to many small and mid-sized print and packaging companies.
Dave cut his teeth early in print, working in—and ultimately managing—his family’s small commercial print shop. Always an entrepreneur, he founded several small startups during that time including one of the first MAC rental companies and a Boston-based bulletin board network, a precursor to the community platforms of today.
From these humble beginnings, his first company PressTemps, eventually expanded from one office in Boston to the Semper Group of today, with multiple offices nationwide. In addition, he founded PrintWorkers.com, the top printing job board in the nation, and SemperHealth, a corporate wellness benefits provider.
David lives in Massachusetts and in his spare time he races sailboats, rides Harleys and practices Jujitsu.