Locally Owned & Operated — It’s a Family Affair
Z Graphics, Inc. is a family owned and operated Toledo sign and graphics production small business. With over four decades of combined experience, we have been providing professional graphic design and expert installation services to individuals, startups, businesses, and government departments in the greater northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan areas since 1994.
→ Meet the Staff
Steve Haydu, Principal & President
After obtaining and education in mechanical drawing and drafting, Steve spent years establishing custom painting, airbrushing and pin striping experience.
With the blessing of his wife Kathy, and customer demand growing beyond his part-time availability, Steve launched Z Graphics, Inc. out of his garage 1994. By 1995, the company had grown to the point that he finally left his job at SAIA Trucking (formerly The Connection) and began working full-time out of rental space in North Toledo.
Recently finding the need for more space, Z Graphics has moved to their new Jackman location. Now there is enough room to bring boats and vehicles of varying sizes indoors for installation and maintenance.
Steve takes pride in the fact that due to his ability to establish meaningful relationships and provide quality products and services, SAIA Trucking remains a valued client of Z Graphics, Inc. to this day.
Zole (Mike) Haydu, Principal & Vice-President
Mike’s talents became evident when he first started drawing as a young child. His early ability to capture a mood and set a tone was the start of his graphic design career.
His love of art guided him to Davis College for additional formal training. There he was able to refine his digital graphics capabilities. After graduating, Mike spent a few years working in the Toledo graphic design industry, where he worked as the lead on several high profile projects. In 1995, he joined his father, Steve, at Z Graphics, Inc. at the north Toledo location.
As Z Graphics lead graphic designer, Mike has created lasting artwork for a wide-range of Toledo area businesses and is responsible for creative direction on all client projects to this day.
Lisa Ann Walentowski-Haydu, Assistant to the VP
Instead of indulging in cake, cookies, high diving, swimming, golf, or collecting adorable little insects all day, Lisa engages customers in dialog, directs communications traffic and assists the entire Z Graphics, Inc. team in achieving completion and delivery of client projects.
Lisa is Z Graphics internal lead on social media relationship building, messaging and follower feedback, as well as the primary point-of-contact for general client relations. In her role as Assistant to the Vice-President, she is in charge of helping to ensure that daily operations progress efficiently.
Sydney Haydu, Chief Motivator & Muse
Sydney plays a vital role as Z Graphics Chief Motivator & Muse. She can frequently be found in the studio critiquing her Dad’s work. Her feedback is a valuable part of the creative process.
With her love for reading and coloring, she is a perfect example of how the apple falls close to the tree. Sydney has her own office where, after all of her homework is completed, she actively creates art as inspiration to her Mom and Dad.
Her love of art, animals, the outdoors and her entire family are her signature traits. All this with her youthful spirit makes Sydney an indispensable member of the Z Graphics family. Because of Sydney’s background, it’s easy to say that Toledo and Z Graphic’s, Inc. will be in good hands for years to come.