API Book Printing (later to become API Print Productions) was founded by Robert Smith in 2006. He attended Technical Schools of Lithography in Spencerport, NY and Harwich, MA. He worked as a pressman in a small print shop at the age of 16. Later, he became the general manger of two minute man press locations including working with headquarters on developing their franchise electronic quoting system all by the age of 23. This lead to his career in printing sales and business development.

He worked at a Rochester, NY based printing company and assisted them with Xerox iGen beta testing and developing short run digital book printing and binding technologies for the printing and publishing industries. He led the printing company from having very little digital printing revenue to over 18 million.

Robert has been in the commercial and digital printing industries for nearly 34 years and has generated major print supplier contracts with 5 of the top 20 book publishing companies in the world. He is considered to be one of the most knowledge persons of offset and digital book manufacturing in the printing industry.