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Al Caperna is the Chairman of CMC Group Inc., an association of companies that has been selling to retail and industrial customers both domestically and internationally for over 30 years.
In 1980, Mr. Caperna acquired part ownership of Century Marketing, a label and tag company that had been operating for six months. Mr. Caperna became full owner in 1985 and led Century Marketing into two-time recognition on the Inc. 500 Honor Roll. In 1990, Century Marketing purchased its largest industry competitor, doubling the size of the company. Century has experienced tremendous growth under the leadership of Mr. Caperna and his team and now holds a prominent position among the 500 largest printers in the United States.
Named 1995 Master Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst, Young & Merrill, Mr. Caperna has been active in the creation of new divisions within Century which have since developed into separate business units. DayMark has established itself as a leader in food safety labeling systems, specializing in products that assist food service establishments in meeting FDA and other compliance codes. Mr. Caperna also created NovaVision, a company that utilizes a patented process to manufacture holograms for product authentication and counterfeit prevention. In 2008, NovaVision was honored by the Inc. 500 list as one of the fastest growing small companies in the United States.
Mr. Caperna was also a leader in forming the Consumer Products Manufacturers Association. The CPMA is an association of four of the largest consumer manufacturers in the world joining their efforts to assist in developing a world standard for product authentication, electronic surveillance, and radio frequency identification (RFID).
Mr. Caperna's business philosophy incorporates high integrity with customers and employees. This philosophy, coupled with a management style that encourages innovation, achievement, and selective risk-taking, has helped CMC Group, Inc. succeed. In these current economic times CMC Group has continued to show its entrepreneurial roots, acquiring two businesses and starting a business in early 2009. However, Al's main goal is not just to be a success in business; it is to embody the Christian life in business practices. Out of this goal birthed the vision for Affirm Global Development which exists to empower entrepreneurs globally in setting up businesses and helping to end economic poverty. He credits his success to God, his employees, and faithful customers.
In 1974, on the campus of Bowling Green State University, Mr. Caperna made a personal commitment to Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. He has held leadership roles as Elder in his church, helped start a Christian school, and currently serves as President for New Hope Christian Foundation. Additionally, Mr. Caperna is a member of the call2all Executive Team, where he is serving to bring awareness to the role business has in the completion of the Great Commission. In 2011, AL was inducted into the Dallas-Hamilton Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Hall of Fame at Bowling Green State University. Happily married for over 35 years, Al and his wife Kathy have three married daughters and two granddaughters.