Letter from our Chairman
To the outsider, the embellishing of apparel can seem like a pretty basic business. Take some orders, buy and decorate blanks, deliver the finished product and get paid. Simple right? How we know this not to be true!
Anyone in the business can attest that making good choices, at every stage of the process, requires endless research and evaluation. Selecting and producing from the countless options of blanks, supplies and equipment takes a solid understanding of technical information and expertise in the application.
As your business grows, new and more complex challenges arise like finding ways to increase your operation’s efficiency, incorporating sophisticated techniques into your offering and implementing best practices when dealing with employees, customers and community members.
These challenges aren’t new. Plenty of decorators have been able to work through them, and in the process, have learned a great deal. Historically though, there hasn’t been a lot of information sharing. Everyone has been forced to learn the hard way.
That in a nutshell is the impetus for www.boardofdecorators.com. It’s an online forum supported by a panel of decorators who collectively represent all segments of the industry and have their fingers on the pulse of printwear. The members of the board are choosing to share their knowledge, not for personal gain but rather, to contribute to the development and success of other decorators and the industry as a whole.
Through their diverse experience they’re well equipped to share business tips and tricks best practices and their take on the latest innovations and where they believe the business to be heading. This central voice will give decorators the advice they need to find their way and improve their business acumen.
On that note, I would like to invite you to meet our first five members (profiles below). Over the next year, they’ll work alongside the other incoming board members to create new and exciting content for www.boardofdecorators.com. I welcome you to check back frequently for updates and to join us as we share stories created by decorators for decorators.
Anthony Corsano - Chairman - Board of Decorators™
Chairman of the Board of Decorators™
Joining ANVIL® in 1980 he worked his way up to become the President and CEO. In 2012 he led the sale of ANVIL® to Gildan for $88 million and then spent 6 years as SVP of Gildan Lifestyle Brands. He’s now the President & COO at Bolt Printing.
Our First 5 Board Members
Member of the Board & President/CEO of Logo Droppers Inc.
Marian has been working in the apparel/printing industry for 15 years. She purchased Logo Droppers as a small company and has helped grow its size 10 fold. Marian's detail to quality control has nick named her "Eagle Eye" at work and is not afraid to tell prospective customers. Marian has developed customer obsession among the employees and a fun/friendly atmosphere to work in. Marian's greatest accomplishment is saying, "some of my employees have been with me for over 10 years"
Member of the Board & President of Perrin Sportswear
Mitch has worked in the printwear industry since 1990 and has been the president of Perrin Sportswear since 2006. His formal education in graphic design and passion for color and design give him a unique perspective. Mitch is a strong believer in relationships, and attributes Perrin’s success to the continued investment in Perrin’s people, partnerships and community.
Member of the Board & President of Garment Gear Inc.
Dan’s printwear career began in 1991 with a Pensacola, Florida based company that sold embellished apparel. After spending almost ten years in sales, he and his brother Dallas decided to combine their talents and opened Garment Gear Inc. Since 1990 the brothers have focused on bringing quality decorated apparel to their clients. Dan’s excited about working with the Board of Decorators to create meaningful content for the decorator community.
Member of the Board & Partner/COO at TSC MIami
Scott’s career in printwear has spanned 25 years. Since 2008 he’s been a partner and COO of TSC Miami, a provider of customized private label solutions for legacy brands, licensing companies, retailers and e-tailers. There he manages the complete operations and systems in the company’s corporate offices and seven day per week screen print and DTG facility located in Miami, Florida. Scott has sat on several committees for major brands and large retail partners to provide direction and expertise in the area of supply chain improvements. These improvements were focused on speed to market and plant efficiencies. He also holds certifications on Lean Development. Scott is looking forward to working with the Board of Decorators to facilitate learning and innovation within the printwear industry
Board Member & CEO of Traxler Printing
Zachary grew up around the printing business and in 2010 opened his own operation - Traxler Printing, now with a total of 5 locations. Zach is an expert at using social media to promote his products and services. In 2018 he was invited by Facebook to become a Facebook Small Business Council Member. Traxler Printing supports it's community and regional economy by employing a diverse range of people, whenever possible sourcing only from other Ohio based businesses and donating to local causes (to date more than half-a-million dollars).