My father, James T Higgins, was the president of Sprintout for 40 years. He passed away in May, 2015 of brain cancer. Over the past 17 years that I have been working along side him, I never realized how much he taught me.
I’m the 4th generation in this company that started in 1927. We started out as a typesetting company that printed using metal type. When computers were coming up we moved to digital publishing in the 80’s.
My father always drove Sprintout forward as technology changed. He knew when we need to change, before most people realized it. We need to move to desktop publishing from linotype machines. In the mid 90’s we then transitioned to the internet, and we were one of the first in New England to adopt to this new technology. I was in high school when my dad brought home our first modem. I was very impressed and never looked back!
Fast forward a few years and I am working for the company under Dad as the VP. I did the programming and management of our websites. He managed the clients and brought in new ones. Along the way he was teaching me things like talking to clients, sales, business, etc.
Since his passing, I’ve taken over the role as president. My sisters are helping with business, sales, finances & project management.
I wish Dad was here to see us, but I know he’s looking down and proud.