President & CEO
Ted Straus is the President and CEO at Suttle-Straus, Inc. As the fourth generation of the Straus family to lead the organization, Ted strives to foster a culture of continuous improvement within the organization through a forward-thinking approach to communication solutions and technology.
With expertise in strategic planning, technology-based implementations, process improvement, and operational management, his unique skill set and experience has put Suttle-Straus at the forefront of innovation within a quickly-evolving industry.
He received his Bachelor of Science degree in business management from the Rochester Institute of Technology and his MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Chief Financial Officer
Susan leads the company's financial, accounting and reporting matters. Her experience with organizations operating in multiple states brings a valuable perspective to Suttle-Straus' growing partnerships with nationally distributed marketing organizations.
Most recently Susan was with a veterinary solutions company leading financial planning with revenues, purchasing, inventory and acquisitions. She also directed all financial and administrative tasks for a wholesale distribution and retail company operating in the Southwestern states.
Susan earned her BS in Accounting from the University of Arizona and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Vice President of Client Services and Business Development
Having joined the Suttle-Straus team in August of 2014, Steve leads our client support group, sales team and marketing department while serving a valued role on our executive team.
A graduate of the United States Military Academy with a BS in Aerospace Engineering, Steve is an eight-year Army veteran and a proven leader. He spent the past 13 years working for a global industrial gas corporation within sales, operations and business development functions. He received his MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a trained Six Sigma Black Belt.
Vice President of Manufacturing
Ted got his start in printing shortly after graduating high school over 30 years ago. Since then, he has built a strong understanding of production operations and has become an expert in the field of press and bindery.
Ted takes immense pride in all the work he and his team are able to accomplish and inspires those around him to do the same.
Moving up the ranks from operator to supervisor, and ultimately making a transition from manager to executive, Ted has become an integral part of the leadership team as our Vice President of Manufacturing.
Director of Operations
Brett is one of the newest members of our executive team, but his journey with Suttle-Straus started twenty years ago in 1995, where he excelled as a Production Planner and Mailing Manager before becoming the Director of Mailing and Imaging in 2011.
Since then, Brett has demonstrated natural leadership abilities and a unique ability to connect our internal teams making our broader organizational goals a reality.
As Director of Operations, Brett is focused on advancing Suttle-Straus’ data, pre-media, digital and grand imaging services to support long-term strategic initiatives.
Director of Marketing
Chrissy Knaak leads the marketing and creative services team to communicate offerings that have value for customers, clients and partners.
Chrissy is enthusiastic about helping customers gain a competitive advantage using the company’s marketing supply chain solutions. She supports strategic account management through market research and customer insight reports. Her diverse B-to-B, marketing background in multimedia and branded apparel offers the company and its customers a pragmatic approach to solving business issues through brand compliance.
She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Queens University, and earned both a Professional Development Certificate in Marketing and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin.
Director of Human Resources
Susan brings a wide-ranging background of life experiences to her role as Director of Human Resources here at Suttle-Straus.
With 14 years of experience at WISC-TV as an electronic graphics operator and producer/director, and five years in finance and HR in biotechnology, her diverse background gives her a unique perspective on how teams work within a larger organization.
Susan earned her Bachelor of Science and MBA degrees from UW-Madison and actively participates in professional organizations like SHRM. Her efforts to improve internal processes and employee relations are central to our success as a company.
Director of Technology
Jim has been with Suttle-Straus since 1999 working in a variety of technology positions ranging from technician to analyst to manager. His extensive operations experience has given him an intimate understanding of company systems and programs.
Jim is focused on enhancing our technology systems and improving workflow throughout our organization.