Hey y'all! This is my hello....
Where did it all start? Well, it started in an athletic club. Yep, you heard me- an athletic club in Charlotte, NC in 1999. I worked part-time as the desk attendant handing out locker keys, headphones (and not ear buds), and athletic towels; booking squash and racquetball courts, and greeting members. One day, in August, a member walked up and asked me if I was interested in a full-time job. Well, since I was juggling two part-time jobs- and since I was planning a February wedding, this seemed like a good idea.
So, I started working as a data entry and shipping clerk with Hoppy Hopkins' promotional products company. Hoppy's been around the business since 1985. I learned quickly that attention to detail was paramount in this business. Every single little typo I made on those pink dot matrix triplicate forms landed back on my desk to be corrected before it would leave his hand to be delivered the appropriate receiver. I learned a lot. I learned that missing the special delivery instructions mattered. Plugging in the quantity price correctly could make the difference in thousands in billing. Getting a PMS color exactly right, mattered. He never let a mistake get by. It drove me crazy, but I got really good at catching my errors before handing him the orders. I learned about shipping, and receiving, and company stores, and fulfillment, I learned the ins and outs of the jargon for apparel, and promo products and ever changing artwork standards (hey, email art was new, y'all!). I learned about handling customer orders, and service and trouble shooting. Eventually, I became his office manager, and I handled all things A/R and A/P too. Then I had my kiddos, and ever since then, I have been working in this business. Even after we moved to Texas 10 years ago.
And I have to thank Hoppy for bringing me here, to this point where a little over a year ago- I started feeling like I was confident enough and ready to start my own thing. I kept waking up every morning with an idea, and then another, and then another.... until I couldn't leave it alone anymore. Someone once told me that when you're supposed to do something, it won't leave you alone. I had to pull the trigger. With Hoppy's gracious blessing, a nudge from above, and the support of my family- I am here now, as Hello Imprint LLC.
I believe that a gift- even a promotional product- should feel like an extension of who you are and what the recipient wants or needs. I believe it should be personal. Our brand logo is built from my own handwriting because I want every experience with Hello Imprint to be a personal one that builds a relationship. My clients have become my friends. They know I scout the best price for them, they know I watch the details, and they know I will deliver. As a result, I get to enjoy their loyalty and trust in the buying and consultation process.
I thank you sincerely for being here, for being a part of my brand, and helping me build it even bigger.
P.S.... Now, here's the nitty-gritty stuff that most websites put up. You can put the tissue away, now.
Hello Imprint LLC will bring timely, balanced, appropriate and creative gateway introductions to your audience. We exist to help you say a memorable hello through swag like promotional products, apparel, print, trade show set ups, and signage.
We will accomplish these by:
- Asking questions to clarify client mission and goals
- Providing responsive and proactive communication
- Providing timely delivery
- Providing products and services that will balance within budget needs
- Determining the end user's expectations and needs to provide the appropriate product or service
We will strive to remain active in Frisco and the surrounding communities in the areas of the arts and arts education; veteran's causes; and the Engage Ministry at Preston Trail Community Church. We choose these because these areas are already important to us and who we are. And by "we", I mean my family- who is integral part of this company through their support, time, and yes- the almighty dollar(s).
All that fancy stuff:
BASI certified ASI- Feb. 2017
MASI certified ASI - Feb. 2018
PPAI Member 730141
Sage Member 235190
Industry Certifications and Memberships:
“A gift opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.”
-Proverbs 18:16 (NIV)