Bob Schug joins Clear Path staff as Warriors Working Manager

Clear Path for Veterans’ new Warriors Working Manager Bob Schug has traveled extensively to remote areas of the globe, including Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand, all well before he joined the Navy Reserves.

Schug’s family operated Cayuga Press in Ithaca for more than 30 years before it merged in 2011 with two Syracuse-based printers – Quartier Printing and Midstate Printing – to form The QMC Group. With that familial passion for printing, Schug graduated from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) in Syracuse with a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering geared toward the paper industry (the degree program is now called bioprocess engineering).

With his newly minted degree, Schug went to work for Westvaco; it now goes by MeadWestvaco. At the time, the Fortune 500 company held leading positions in the paperboard, packaging and paper brands markets, including management of more than 3 million acres of forestlands to meet stringent environmental standards.

“As a technical sales service representative (with Westvaco) I had the opportunity to travel,” Schug said. “It was exciting and a lot of fun, but the travel got old after a while. I moved back home to work in sales for our family printing business, Cayuga Press.”

Cayuga Press grew over the years from a small family business to one of the region’s largest offset printers. The company’s comprehensive print management and full-color printing services won numerous awards, including from the International Association of Printing House Craftsmen and, more locally, from the Syracuse Gallery of Superb Printing.

While working full-time, Schug studied at night and received his MBA from Maryland’s Frostburg State University.

In July 1996, Schug was selected for a direct commission in the Navy Reserve as a supply corps officer. He was selected for this special program for Reservists thanks to his past civilian work experience and education. Although Schug was born in Charlotte, N.C., he was raised in Upstate New York.

“I’ve been fortunate in my Navy career to spend most of my time in units in Syracuse,” he said, “but I have also had to travel to Charleston, S.C., Colorado Springs, Colo., Norfolk, Va., Philadelphia, Pa., and Washington, D.C. at the Pentagon, where I currently drill.”

From Match 2006 to May 2007, Schug was deployed to Camp Black Horse located just outside of Kabul, Afghanistan, at about 5,900 feet above sea level. The city of Kabul has a population of more than 4 million people, and Schug’s role as military advisor to the Afghan Army during Operation Enduring Freedom was to train members of the Afghan Army to be self-sufficient and be able to stand on their own.

“We also went on several humanitarian missions to provide medical care, clothes and toys to the local villages. I'm very proud of this service, but it was also a tougher adjustment coming home than I thought, especially as a Reservist. I wish I knew of a place like Clear Path when I came home,” he said.

Most recently, Schug was promoted to Navy captain, which he credits to great commanding officers who helped him along his career path.

The family printing company – Cayuga Press – “had a great run,” Schug said, but the company was impacted by the Great Recession in the U.S. that lasted from December 2007 to June 2009. Following the merger in 2011, Cayuga Press under The QMC Group umbrella still offers any array of printing solutions.

“I still have great relationships with customers that stood by us through it all,” Schug said. “They have become more like friends over the years, and I know these relationships will help me in my current job as Warriors Working manager at Clear Path.”

Schug has been connected to Clear Path for a while, having started as a volunteer performing outreach.

“I feel very fortunate to have volunteered with Clear Path,” Schug said. “We have such a great mission and have helped so many of our Vets. … To get up every morning knowing your purpose is to help our Vets any way you can is a true blessing and calling. We also have some outstanding volunteers and I'm excited to be part of such a great team.”

Schug also volunteers for Honor Flight Syracuse and his alma mater. For Honor Flight, he serves on its development team, and in 2018 he traveled on both missions: #12 in September and #11 in April. “I have been fortunate to travel with Vets to D.C. on their last two missions. It’s been a very rewarding experience.” The class of 1985 graduate serves on ESF’s Alumni Association Board of Directors.

In his free time – which he says the Navy Reserves takes up most of it – he enjoys golf and traveling to visit his grown children.

Bob, his wife Sharon, and their golden Lab Thurman currently reside in East Syracuse. His oldest daughter, Gabrielle, recently graduated in May at California State University in Long Beach, Calif.; his youngest daughter, Anna, lives in Philadelphia, Pa., and studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

Bob’s father was a Korean War era Veteran of the U.S. Navy, and his uncle was a Veteran of the U.S. Air Force.