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THOMAS C. SPECK NAMED PRESIDENT AND COO OF ROBERT SILVERMAN, INC.; FOUNDER ROBERT SILVERMAN TO REMAIN AS CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD AND CEO

 THOMAS C. SPECK NAMED PRESIDENT AND COO OF ROBERT SILVERMAN, INC.; FOUNDER ROBERT SILVERMAN TO REMAIN AS CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD AND CEO
 CLEVELAND, April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Thomas C. Speck, currently president of Gowe, Inc., of Medina, Ohio, one of the largest and best- known printing firms in northeastern Ohio, has been named president and chief operating officer of Robert Silverman, Inc., effective June 1, 1992, company founder Robert Silverman announced today.
 Robert Silverman, Inc., is one of the largest printing and direct marketing firms in the Midwest, with an extensive list of well-known clients.
 Silverman will remain as chairman of the board and chief executive officer of the firm he founded 46 years ago. In addition, his wife of 46 years, Myrtle, will remain in her positions as vice president and account executive.
 Robert Silverman, Inc., is located at 1375 Euclid Ave., Cleveland and employs approximately 100 people. "I plan to remain very active," Silverman said. "I'm going to spend a great deal of time working with our existing clients, evaluating our performance, and generating new business.
 "I'm at the ideal point in a long and rewarding career to turn over the day-to-day operations to someone younger, but who at the same time is experienced enough to help this company advance, grow and prosper into the next century. Tom Speck, with his strong and successful background, is that individual."
 He added, "I will be working closely with Tom to ensure a smooth transition. This company has also been very fortunate over the years to have talented, creative and experienced people in key management positions, and Tom will have the benefit of their support as well.
 "Those key people," Silverman said, "include Ron Oscher, vice president of sales and marketing, and Bob Mullin, vice president and plant manager, both of whom have been with the firm for more than 30 years, and John Wain, the controller, who joined the company in 1989."
 Speck, 41, started working in the printing industry as a college student in St. Louis. He was recruited by Gowe, Inc., in 1976 to work in various positions, including supervision of the mailing, maintenance and purchasing departments.
 In 1978, he and a partner purchased Great Lakes Mailing Co. in Cleveland, which, under their leadership, grew by at least 30 percent annually. After moving Great Lakes Mailing to Brunswick, Speck and his partner in 1983 sold the firm to Post Corp. of Appleton, Wis., which owned Gowe, Inc., and the Sun Newspapers, among other properties. Great Lakes remains a Gowe subsidiary.
 Speck continued as general manager and/or president of Great Lakes Mailing and, in 1987, took on the additional responsibility as executive vice president of Gowe. He became Gowe's president in 1988.
 "Robert Silverman, Inc., has been the most respected and successful company in its field as long as I've been in northeastern Ohio," Speck said. "In my opinion, that's because for almost half a century, its founder and owner has been dedicated to top quality and professional service and has surrounded himself with people of like mind."
 He added, "I happen to believe in the same philosophy, so obviously this represents a wonderful opportunity for me to take a hands-on position with a leader in the industry and a chance for me to grow professionally as the company itself continues to grow."
 Speck is active in various individual and outdoor sports, and enjoys the piano, reading and travel. He and his wife, Amber, have two daughters, Sarah and Charlotte. The family lives in Westfield Center in southern Medina County.
 Among Robert Silverman, Inc.'s well-known customers are AmeriTrust Co., Antenna Specialists Co., BP America, Inc., Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland Electric Illuminating Co., Ernst & Young, Liggett-Stashower, Inc., Meridia Health Systems, National City Bank, Ohio Bell, Playhouse Square Foundation, Revco, The Sherwin Williams Co., and Society Bank.
 Success With Machines They Don't Even Make Any More
 For Robert Silverman, 1946 was a very big year. He was discharged from the Navy in February, married his wife -- whom he had met in Newport, R.I., in 1943 -- in April and opened his business on Aug. 1.
 When he opened for business, he had three machines to work with: a tabletop mimeograph machine, a tabletop multigraph and an old L.C. Smith typewriter. And he hung out his sign in the office of a public stenographic service started by his sister in the then-Schofield Building at E. 9th Street and Euclid Avenue.
 As his company flourished and grew, he moved it to several locations on Ontario Street. Twenty-seven years ago, he moved into the present location, 1375 Euclid, although the firm has gone through 11 separate expansions since then. It now occupies some 60,000 square feet.
 "There's no question, the biggest change I've seen in this business has been the technology: computers, lasers, and desktop publishing," said Silverman. "It's mind-boggling. Those three little machines I started with no longer exist. They don't even make them any more."
 Silverman was born on a farm in Geneva, and the family moved to Cleveland in 1934 when he was 11. He attended Doan and Empire Schools and is a 1941 graduate of Glenville High School.
 He has been inducted into Glenville's Hall of Fame and is a member of the Graphic Arts Hall of Distinction and the Advertising Club's Hall of Fame.
 Myrtle is a native of Pawtucket, R.I. A graduate of Brown University, she was a student at Brown's Pembroke College when they met. They have two children, Sandra Beth, who heads the company's resident list department, and Jack, a musician.
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 /CONTACT: William A. Silverman or David Eden, both of William Silverman and Company, 216-696-7750, for Robert Silverman, Inc./ CO: Robert Silverman, Inc. ST: Ohio IN: SU: PER


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