Chris Kurtzman

Chris Kurtzman | Chief Executive Officer 

Chris has been with Bang Printing since 1993.  As President and CEO Chris oversees all aspects of Bang Printing's facilities located in Minnesota, California and Ohio.  Under Chris’ leadership Bang Printing has risen in the book printing industry. Chris is an active member of YPO and an avid pilot. Chris and his wife, Molly, have three daughters – Libby, Hannah and Kate.

Todd Vanek

Todd Vanek Executive Vice President of Sales 

Todd has been with Bang Printing since 1997. Todd oversees sales and customer service in all facilities. Todd loves the day to day challenges that we face to develop new ways to manufacture product for our customers.  Working with our customers and our employees are the biggest enjoyment he has. Todd has been instrumental in expanding our capabilities at Bang Printing to be able to be a full-service manufacturer for all types of book products.  Todd and his wife, Mandy, have four boys Dyllan, Kameron, Izaac and Brady.

Tom Campion

Tom Campion Senior Vice President of Operations 

Tom has been with Bang Printing since 2008. Tom loves the new challenges that we face each day and the how we have to think new thoughts in an industry that is hundreds of years old. Tom and his wife, Kari, have two daughters - one looking at colleges and the other looking for her driver’s license.

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Ben Matalamaki Chief Financial Officer 

Ben has been with the company since early 2016.  He is responsible for all financial management of the company.  Prior to joining Bang, Ben held a CFO position at a multi-national manufacturing company and has over 10 years in public accounting.  Ben earned his degree in accounting from the University of Minnesota - Carlson School of Business and is a CPA certified in the state of Minnesota.  Ben and his wife Alison, have two young children, Tahlia and Taylor.

Eric Loney Eric Loney Vice President of Scheduling and Procurement 

Eric has been with Bang Printing since 2003. Eric manages the scheduling and purchasing team in MN.  Facilitates communication with both sales and production when it comes to scheduling and purchasing functions.  Eric also works to balance multi-facility workloads. Eric enjoys working with others to continuously improve our current situation when it comes to process, material or scheduling functions. Eric and his wife, Jessica, have two daughers, Grace and Ava.

Kari Blazek Kari Blazek Customer Service Manager 

Kari has been with Bang Printing since 2004. Kari started her tenure as a customer service representative and now leads the department as the Customer Service manager. In addition to her customer serivce duties, Kari also works with many of our library publishers. Kari and her husband, Jason, have two children, Andrew and Emily.

Tom Knettel Tom Knettel Senior Vice President of Operations, Palmdale, CA 

Tom has been with Bang Printing since 2014. He is responsible for Prepress, Press, Bindery, Fulfillment, Shipping and Receiving and Maintenance Departments. Tom appreciates that Bang Printing is family-owned which gives us the ability to move quickly when we need to make changes to meet our customer’s needs. Tom and his Wife, Kathy, have two children Garrett and Cassidy. In the summer months you'll find Tom on one of the area golf courses.

Josh Franzen Josh Franzen Vice President of Operations, Palmdale, CA 

Josh has been with Bang Printing since 2000. Originally from the Minnesota plant, Josh transitioned to California in 2013. Josh oversees all operations in California.

Josh appreciates that each day is a new challenge - no day is the same. Nothing satisfies Josh more than to see how far Bang Printing has come along and to see the employees grow along with it. Josh enjoys volleyball, softball, mountain biking, hiking, exercising and playing with his dogs.

Alice Zumstein Alice Zumstein Vice President of Sales, Palmdale, CA 

Alice joined Bang Printing in January of 2011 as the Plant Manager, then became VP of Manufacturing and most recently holds the position as VP of Sales. While Alice has been around printing presses since she was 11 years old and enjoys being involved in all aspects of the manufacturing side of the business she is very enthusiastic about now being on the sales side. She enjoys working together with production, the sales team and customers to find solutions for their printing needs.  In her spare time she likes taking drives along the CA coastline and visiting with friends and family. Alice, her son Matthew and family live in Palmdale.

Karen Mattson Karen Matson Vice President of Customer Service/Admin., Palmdale, CA 

Karen Matson graduated from California Polytechnic University, SLO with a degree in Graphic Communication (Printing Management).  Karen has been with Bang Printing for a total of 25 years spending most of her time in estimating, customer service, and planning. Currently she is serving as Vice President of Administration – including planning, customer service, sales, and prepress.  Karen loves using her knowledge to help finding solutions to customer needs.  Karen and her husband Wes have two children Nicole and Devin. 

Jeff Samson Jeff Samson Production Manager Palmdale, CA 

Jeff has been in the printing industry since he was in his early teens.  His family owned Bookbinders Company.  After graduating college, he worked at Bookbinders for almost 26 years - working from a bindery helper, machine operator, estimator, CSR,  production manager and then owner of the company.  Jeff has been with Bang Printing since 2012, managing the shipping and receiving department.  Late in 2014 Jeff moved into the position of production manager and looks forward to a long tenure with Bang Printing.