J. Guy Gaulin's Personal Profile
PERSONAL PROFILE: J. Guy Gaulin - 8-17-2005
J. Guy Gaulin was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts during the great depression. As the depression deepened and employment faded, his parents, Donat and Yvonne Rousseau Gaulin, Guy and his younger brother André, returned to the province of Québec. There they bought a small farm in Lambton, and the family grew steadily to nine children.
Guy’s first years of schooling took place in a one room schoolhouse. He later attended school at the "Frères des Ecoles Chrétiennes" in the city of Québec where he excelled in Art. His education also included attendance at the University of Massachusetts and Western New England College. Guy returned to Holyoke in 1944 and joined the U.S. Navy in 1945. After his honorable discharge he began his long Graphic Arts career at American Pad and Paper Co. in Holyoke; the "Paper City". After completing his letterpress apprenticeship he became a pressman and remained in that job several years until he was promoted to head the printing operation for that company. American Pad’s name changed to Ampad in the interim. Guy’s responsibility included introducing offset lithography to the company to complement its letterpress and flexographic activities. While at Ampad Guy invented and was granted a US Patent for a Flexo/Gravure inking system. Ampad received the Ben Franklin Award from the Springfield Club of Printing House Craftsmen in 1967.
In 1971 Guy bought Hitchcock Press, a small printing company in Holyoke. In addition to his substantial printing experience he brought high standards of quality and service to his new company. Those standards and his strong business ethics have remained the keystone of the organization’s philosophy. His wife Jeri was active in the business for many years and helped grow the business from a two person shop to its present fifteen employees. In addition to being owner and president of Hitchcock Press, Guy also works from his South Hadley studio, L’atelier Gaulin. He also owned Gaulin Software and Gaulin Design. One of his designs earned Hitchcock Press a Bronze Award from the International Association of Printing House Craftsmen. Art and photography have been his major professional interests. Guy and his wife Jeri live in South Hadley, Massachusetts. They have a son, Gary, and a daughter, Deanna; four grandchildren, Jennifer and Crystal Gaulin, Nathan and Aaron Gaulin Collette, and one great grandchild, Xavier Pares.
Guy is past president of the Springfield Club of Printing House Craftsmen and the Holyoke Lions Club. He has been active in many civic organizations including Holyoke’s Chamber of Commerce, Taxpayers Association, and the Mayor’s Industrial Advisory Committee. Nationally Guy has been an active member of NFIB, the National Federation of Independent Business, and is past state leadership council chairman of Massachusetts.
2005 Award of Recognition, Special Innovation Category, Premier Print Award, PIA/GATF
2004 Massachusetts State Small Business Champion Award from NFIB
1998 Small Business of the Year Award from Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce
1994 Two Honorable Mention Awards from Gallery of Superb Printing, International Association of Printing House Craftsmen
1993 Bronze Award from Gallery of Superb Printing, IAPHC
1986 Ben Franklin Award from Springfield Club of Printing House Craftsmen
1969 Craftsman of the Year Award from the First District Clubs of Printing House Craftsmen