Kathy Gillespie received her BS degree from Purdue University in Horticulture & Landscape Architecture and attended Syracuse University for an MBA in Transportation and Distribution. She owned and operated her own horticultural nursery and landscape business for seven year, paying for her college education and for three years thereafter.
She was employed by Agway, a farmer owned cooperative located in Syracuse, NY, for 19 years. She became Director of Agway’s Seed Division where she was in charge of over $350 million in sales and 250 employees.
During her seven years at ABT, she served as Senior Vice President of Acquisitions directing over $300 million in acquisitions.
During her 19 years in the seed business, Kathy was recognized for her outstanding performance and received awards for Seedsperson of the Year, President of the Year and Outstanding Leadership Award. She served as President of the Atlantic Seedsmen Association, New York Seed Association, Western Seed Association as well as serving on several boards. Kathy was the first women in the production and operations aspect of the seed business and is often referred to as the “pioneer’ who paved the way for many other women that followed her. Kathy broke the “glass ceiling” in the seed business in the United States.
Kathy has served on the Board of the Anthem Country Club for five terms (president 1 year), National Association of Women Business Owners, Chair of the Women of Distinction Awards, served on the Women’s President Organization and has served on the Board of various not for profit organizations in Las Vegas.
Kathy Gillespie and her partner Barbara Allen purchased A & B Printing & Mailing in November 2000. Kathy is the third owner and Managing Partner. The sales at the time of purchase were $265,000 with 6 employees including her in 2000. Today, A & B Printing & Mailing employs approximately 48 employees and is over $7 million in sales, in just 13 years.
A & B Printing & Mailing is the 4 th largest offset sheet fed printing company in Las Vegas, according to the LV Review Journal yearly poll and was just named the 29th largest printer in the USA by Quick printing magazine.
A & B Printing & Mailing services a broad spectrum of customers including casinos, doctors, event companies, management consultants, HOA’s, real estate companies, advertising agencies, political campaigns, convention attendees and the like. Excellent customer service and fair pricing is the motto of A & B Printing & Mailing.