Disc Makers’ board of directors has named Tony van Veen (pictured) as the company’s new president. Van Veen has been with Disc Makers for 20 years—his entire professional career—and replaces Morris Ballen, becoming the first person outside of the Ballen family to lead the 61-year-old company. Ballen had served as president since 1972 and worked with his father, Ivin Ballen, who founded Disc Makers in 1946. Morris Ballen is now chairman.
“Tony is recognized throughout the industry as one of the most innovative business leaders, and his leadership has been a driving force in the strong growth of the company,” Ballen says. “As president, he will continue to bring a combination of strategic insight and imagination, operational excellence and motivational leadership needed for many years to come.”
“Becoming president of Disc Makers is the fulfillment of a long-held dream, and I’m extremely excited to have the chance to continue to lead a company as dynamic as Disc Makers as we increase our dominance in our niche and expand beyond it,” says van Veen. “I am fortunate to succeed Morris and wish to thank the entire Ballen family for their unwavering support over the past two decades. I look forward to working with our whole Disc Makers team to continue to develop attractive products and services our customers will embrace.”
Van Veen began his career with Disc Makers in 1987 as a sales and marketing associate. By the early 1990s, he oversaw the company’s sales, marketing and account management operations. A musician himself, van Veen helped Disc Makers develop from a commodity pressing plant to an integrated, value-added manufacturer. Van Veen also helped fuel Disc Makers’ growth into new markets, including independent film, church production, education and government.
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