Bill Conlin

 

My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.
                        Henry Ford

When we began our conversation with our May Volunteer of the Month Bill Conlin, he, in his typical humble fashion, told us “It’s quite an honor." On the contrary, Bill, it is an honor to have you on our team to strike out ALS. Bill has made a career of being a winner, the sort who manages their problems with solutions – for whom the cup is half-full and never half empty. In the case of his chosen profession this is a great trait, one that has driven his company, Conlin’s Digital Print and Copy Center, to the forefront of cutting edge printing.

Bill and his family work hard to position their business to continue this upward trend. And, our Chapter has been the fortunate recipient of Bill’s vision for more than 22 years. Bill is a winner in the printing industries, but he is a Champion of the ALS cause.

“Bill Conlin has printed all our material – the Billy Lake ALS Basketball Marathon Program Book (which he typically turned around in 3 days, it is incredible), brochures, posters, signs, postcards for our Beef and Beer for ALS etc. etc. FOR FREE for 22 years!” Patti Lake Quinn a long-time friend says. “Bill’s dad, Mike Conlin, was a good friend of my husband Billy’s brother-in-law, Jack – who is married to Billy’s sister Binny Quinn. And Bill’s mother, Jane has been a longtime ALS contributor. Bill also grew up in Delaware Country, PA with Tim Kearney who lost his life to ALS in 2005,” adds Patti.

If you see a trend here, you are correct. It’s kind of a “Havertown, Drexel Hill, Broomall, Delaware County thing.” They sure do watch out for each other.

 It’s called friendship.

“Timmy and I caddied at Llanerch Country Club in Havertown. And we both worked at Conlins -  Timmy and I were close when we were young. We each went our own ways -  The bottom line is when you see someone perishing like that it’s hard not to help others. ALS is a horrible thing to go through. That’s why I rarely say “no” when The ALS Association needs printing.

Bill and his team at Conlin’s Printing are the among best in the business. His mom and dad started the company in King of Prussia in 1980 in a small office and today they have 13,000 sq. feet and 50 employees in their three locations (King of Prussia, Malvern and Horsham, PA).  Bill’s brother Michael, sister Ann, son Billy and nephew Jimmy all contribute to the company’s personal yet professional touch.

It is because of Bill’s largess that our Chapter is able to visibly establish itself with marketing materials including, invitations, banners, signs, notepads, table tents, Walk to Defeat ALS materials, event postcards, the list is endless. Additionally Conlin’s sorts and mails many of the Chapter’s pieces so that we can use our non-profit status, saving thousands each year. Conlin’s consistently donates tens of thousands of dollars in expertly printed materials.

But, it doesn’t stop there. Bill and his wife, Laurie attend many Chapter events from the Phestival to Hot Chocolate and in 2012 Bill was the highest individual fundraiser and their team was the second highest fundraising team in the Lakewood Walk to Defeat ALS®.

“To me – other volunteers and staff are the ones who have a difficult jobs dealing with the effects of ALS every day – I like to help any way I can. When you see friends suffer it’s hard not to help.  You hope that maybe someone in the future can have it better.”


 
 

The ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter
321 Norristown Road - Suite 260, Ambler, PA 19002
215-643-5434

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