With over 35 years of experience guiding strategic transitions in the printing and graphics communication industry, Rock LaManna has been there, owned, sold, merged, acquired, grown, innovated, started, pioneered, rebuilt and done that.
Rock is a growth catalyst that grew up in the industry. Earlier in his career, Rock was the President/CEO of Vomela Specialty Company in St. Paul, Minn., and the Founder and President/CEO of Advanced Converting Technologies Inc. in St. Paul. During that time, he worked extensively with 3M Company as a customer, supplier and beta site in the creation of innovative new global markets, products and applications.
After engineering the growth of both of those companies, Rock moved on to become a strategic consultant and project director for various major manufacturers of customized pressure sensitive graphics in the OEM automotive, recreational vehicle, leisure product, outdoor signage and promotional graphics industries.
Today Rock also works extensively with graphics companies specializing in OEM, fleet graphics, in-store or retail graphics, signage, and POP solutions.
Rock holds an Owner President Management degree from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts degree in business management from Metropolitan State University. He is a patent-holder and has been awarded the “Industry Expert” designation from BBP and sits on the Industry Development Committee for the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA). He is also a member of the International Business Brokers Association, and is a licensed real estate broker in Florida.
His relationships include privately-held, small-to-medium-sized businesses and Fortune 100 conglomerates. Rock has structured strategic alliances and partnerships as a key negotiator and facilitator of long-term agreements with major global institutions.
A successful writer, Rock has also contributed countless stories and advisory articles to many industry-specific trade journals. He is also well known as a lecturer and featured speaker at national trade shows and conventions, as well as private, business-related functions by invitation.
Rock’s concerns for humanity are evidenced by his many philanthropic efforts, including a perpetual scholarship endowment for underprivileged high school students, annual charitable monetary donations, as well as countless hours of volunteerism. Rock has been active in various charities, educational communities and athletic associations throughout Florida and Minnesota.
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