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Jackie Wszalek loves the feel of paper By Sherry Jackson


t age 57, Jackie Wszalek needed a new job. She worked in banking, insurance and other industries, including 10 years with her brother in construction printing. As construction was struggling with the theneconomic downturn and her brother retiring, she decided to take the risk and open her first business. “I had a million different careers but there weren’t a whole lot of opportunities in the market, even with all my experience. But really, I didn’t want to go to interviews and create a resume,” she jokes.” So, I said buy a business, that makes perfect sense. I knew I wanted to do something bold, to create a good workplace that was good for women and good for people.” Wszalek bought an existing printing company in 2009 and rebranded to Splash Printing at the Scottsdale Airpark in 2014. Last year, she joined forces with other industry leaders, creating ModLuxe Print and Mail. She relocated to the Deer Valley Airpark to a much bigger space and staff. ModLuxe Print and Mail offers a onestop solution for its customers and embraces technology. Whether its marketing materials such as brochures, fliers or business cards, design services or just copies, the company’s 13 employees do it all, with manufacturing done onsite. “It’s our attention to detail and our ability to help our small business customers use 44


their resources wisely,” she says. “We have more than 150 years combined collective experience.” Wszalek believes in the “craft of printing.” “In the data-driven, social media and digital world, I think it’s important for us to have those real people interactions and real relationships with each other.” She loves the small, family business model more than her previous corporate environments. “It allows us to really focus on results and not worry about corporate ties. Relationships matter. It’s necessary. We can do a lot when we work together.” Quality is particularly important to Wszalek. She loves the “touch and feel of the paper.” “I love that you can have all of the senses engaged. You can touch and see the design and actually feel the texture of the paper and I love to put out a quality product that people enjoy looking at.” Hailing from Wisconsin, Wszalek went to an all-girls high school and credits that experience for her leadership skills. “There were no boys around to lead us,” she laughs. She uses that women “can do anything equally” attitude in her business and her personal lives and frequently speaks at women’s groups around town. “I’m a strong advocate for women business owners,” she says. “It’s the right time for us to show up for our daughters, nieces and granddaughters and show them how successful women can be.” Most of her time is spent in the office, helping customers and doing strategy work and she enjoys every minute of it. “I don’t like the ‘work-life balance’ expression, “she says. “Sometimes work is

going to take precedence and sometimes family takes precedence. It’s really about life. My business life and personal life are one and the same and I try to work it all well with grace and ease.” But it’s not all about work. Wszalek’s been married 47 years to her husband, Bob, who is now retired. The couple have two sons and five grandchildren. In addition to spending time with her family, she loves to travel. She also enjoys being in the outdoors and has hiked down the Grand Canyon about 12 times. She also teaches yoga weekly and has been practicing more than 20 years. “It’s something I’ll do even into retirement,” she says. “It keeps me sane and provides me a beautiful balance to life.” Wszalek has plans to continue to grow the business, providing services that “might not even be available yet” in the Valley. “That craft of printing. That art of printing,” she says. “Those have been lost in the online and depersonalized printing world and I intend to bring them back to our customers.” She sees ModLuxe Print and Mail as a “very strong force” in the Valley in the future. In three to five years, she says she may begin to create an exit strategy. “Building this business has been a great joy for me,” she says. “Before I leave this planet though, I want to see parity. I want to see a 50/50 split of women to men at the table. It’s getting better and it’s time to have a more balanced world.” ModLuxe Print and Mail 2019 W. Lone Cactus Drive, Phoenix 480-483-0166,

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North Valley Magazine August/September 2019  

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