Michael Keene has been working in the Printing Industry for 46 years. He is the son of founder, Robert A. Keene, and officially started at The John Roberts Company in June of 1969. He also worked there during his high school years of 1967 and 1968.
Initially, Michael’s interest in John Roberts was as a job to work at during college and he had no intention of staying. However, as he grew older and analyzed what he wanted to do, he soon realized that he wanted to stay at John Roberts and grow with the company.
Michael’s history within John Roberts began in the maintenance department. During college he worked in the bindery with summers in accounting where he gathered time sheets and manually entered numbers in a cost book. Upon graduation from college in 1972, he worked in the receiving department and in 1973 he became in charge of prepress. It was during this time that Michael was named Vice President of John Roberts. It was a pivotal time in the printing Industry and Michael’s first responsibility was to sit in on union contract talks. These resulted in a strike that started in June 1983 and continued until August of 1984. Michael was named President of John Roberts in January of 1986 and President and CEO in 1996.
It is still all about “wowing” his customers. Either by product or service, Michael continues to find a lot of joy and satisfaction in customers counting on us to help them grow their business.
Travel, skiing, motorcycle riding and Yoga are just a few of the ways that Michael and his wife, Ann Marie, like to enjoy their down time. He also enjoys spending time with his two grown children, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.