Leading With Faith honoree – Timothy Mezzenga

| August 9, 2018 | 0 Comments
Timothy Mezzenga

Dave Hrbacek/The Catholic Spirit

Timothy Mezzenga

President, Tracy Printing Inc.

Age 60

Parish St. Charles Borromeo, St. Anthony

Spouse Cyndy Mezzenga

Children Daniel (35), James (33), Robert (31), Cory (26), Eliana (19)

Volunteer activities Extraordinary minister of the Eucharist, St. Charles Borromeo finance committee, knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, Meals on Wheels, Ramsey County Service Center, St. Anthony Kiwanis Club, adoration chapel committed adorer

Number of years with company 47

Starting out as a floor sweeper in his father’s printing shop, Timothy Mezzenga has been dedicated to Tracy Printing Inc. in Minneapolis for nearly half a century. Now the president, Mezzenga has followed his father’s example and devoted his work to Christ. Instead of focusing on making a profit, Mezzenga focuses on the people with whom he works, striving to serve everyone with gentle, caring support. Beginning each workday in prayer, keeping a crucifix on his desk and making sure that his employees know that he’s praying for them are ways Mezzenga leads his employees with faith.

Q. Describe your business.

A. Tracy Printing is a commercial printer producing a wide variety of printed products specializing in medical device manuals and related printed materials.

Q. Describe your position and role.

A. I began working in the business for my father at age 13 and was an accomplished floor sweeper and bathroom cleaner. When he retired in 1993, my primary role became president, although in a small company I continue to be a very hands-on owner.

Q. What does “leading with faith” mean to you?

A. I begin my day by thanking our Heavenly Father for the many gifts he has blessed me with. With the love and support of my wife and children, I try to live my life every day by the Golden Rule and remember the verse from the Bible, “Whatever you do to the least of my brothers and sisters, you do to me.”

Q. How do you concretely apply your faith and Catholic values at work?

A. On my desk is a crucifix that serves as a constant reminder of our Savior who died for our sins. Our ultimate goal is heaven. We provide a flexible and understanding work environment, knowing everyone experiences difficult events in their lives where they need gentle, caring support. Many of my employees know that 10 a.m. Wednesday is my chapel hour, and I let them know that I’m praying for them.

Q. Who or what has inspired you to bring your faith to the marketplace?

A. My father was a great example. During Lent we would go to early daily Mass, and it was such a wonderful way to start the day. I love my faith and have always believed that I was called to serve, not only in my personal life but in our company as well.

Q. What achievement at work are you most proud of?

A. During the recession of 2008-2010, many printers went out of business, but we were able to survive by reduction in work hours, and I am proud to say we did not lay anyone off. We continue today to provide decent wages and working conditions for our employees, and I am also proud that all of our employees have been part of our team for more than 10 years.

Q. In what specific ways have you experienced God’s presence in your workplace?

A. When making my decisions, I find myself praying that what I do is best for everyone involved whether with vendors, customers or employees.

Q. What advice do you have for others who want to lead with faith?

A. Don’t be afraid to live as an example. I think it’s important to show people that you have a strong Catholic faith that helps to guide your decisions. Place positive importance on people, both customers and employees.


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