While attending St. John’s University, he started as a stock boy in Van Son’s Mineola, NY office; this innovative industry veteran rose through the company ranks to become president in 1994, CEO in 2010 and was instrumental in proactively developing and navigating the company’s strategy for expanding the business throughout the evolution of the industry including a leadership position in the commercial print market. A party was held in his honor April 27.
Watching the evolution of Van Son unfold, Mr. Bendowski was intricately involved in the development of the company’s vast distribution network, which fueled its rapid growth within small press products including rubber base ink and acrylic as well as the development of its commercial sheetfed line including its Quickson and Vs Series.
As Mr. Bendowski proved his value within Van Son, he quickly rose through the ranks, holding the positions of sales representative, national dealer sales manager, and vice president dealer sales for USA, president to his current position as CEO.
“Joe’s story is one of a man who has dedicated his career to helping make a difference both within Van Son as well as the industry as a whole,” said John Sammis, president of Van Son. “Always upholding the core values of commitment and integrity, Joe’s desire to make a difference in the lives of those around him has enabled him to be a true team player and mentor to all. His ability to embrace change and adapt to the ever evolving needs of our industry has been the impetus for helping Van Son maintain its leadership status in the market.”
While Mr. Bendowski appreciates his interests outside of work including golf, travel, boating and spending time with family and friends, it appears he stands ready to follow in the footsteps of the company’s visionary heritage and continue leading Van Son into the next era of the digital printing age.