A Gold Attitude
It would surprise no one who knows Curt Kreisler that he defines success as achieving life balance.
In a calculated move, he bought his father’s printing business at age 27. “I realized young it’s a viable industry with a Monday through Friday, 9 to 5 workweek so I would be able to have a life.” Almost 30 years later, Gold Star Printing has expanded to three locations in Miami-Dade and Broward counties and generates $7 million in annual sales. On top of his achievements as a business owner and established industry leader, Curt is a devoted family man, relishes a close circle of friends and finds time for his beloved softball, along with skiing, kayaking and regular work outs.
To every facet of his life, Curt brings a dogged determination to go beyond what might be expected. At Gold Star Printing there is no voicemail during business hours. “I put myself in the customers’ shoes – would I want to talk to a machine?” Customer service is at the core of Curt’s business acumen, he says every member of his staff understands the customer comes first and he considers each client gold. The same philosophy persists in his role as a landlord to a string of rental properties. “I fix any place like my sister is going to live there. It doesn’t take that much more to make it right.”
An upbeat demeanor and physical vitality obscure the source of Curt’s tenacious tendencies, which he attributes to a rough childhood. “Some would look at my situation and say it’s an easy excuse to not succeed or to be a drain on society. I have always looked at the challenges of my childhood as motivation to try harder, do more and never stop.”
At the center of Curt’s whirlwind of ambition is Kim Kreisler. He met her 32 years ago after a softball game and made a bad impression. “She subsequently spent three years not talking to me, but I wore her down and we have been married for 26 years.” They live in Plantation and have two college-age sons, Zachary and Max. “Everything I do, risks that I take, extra effort that I put in, is done with them in mind.”
Curt is equally earnest about his long-time friends. “I had six groomsmen in my wedding and I’m still great friends with five of them.” When asked who he looks up to, Curt points to those buddies, many of whom he also met through softball. His love for the game is drawn from a competitive streak. “It’s something that I am good at so it makes playing more enjoyable. I am 5’8” so many sports where height and size are needed to be competitive just wouldn’t work for me.”
A resident of Broward County for 38 years, Curt points to community as an important part of life balance and the printing industry is his community. He is currently serving his second term as chairman of the Printing Association of Florida and after years of contributing to the Printing Industries of America, he’s been appointed a one-year term as chairman of the national group. “I like giving back to the industry because it’s been so good to me. I feel I owe it.”
There’s no question Curt has a lot to juggle in maintaining the life balance that is his goal. So it’s good to know one favorite pastime is just passive fun. “I’m a big movie buff, and the movies I like best might surprise some people – like Anchorman, Pitch Perfect, and my favorite is Princess Bride.”
Gold star movies for a well rounded and sentimental guy.
F – French fries or tater tots? French fries
R – Right brained or left brained? Right brained
E – Email or carrier pigeon? Email
S – Sunshine or moonlight? Moonlight with my wife, otherwise sunshine
H – Homebody or party animal? Homebody