Our 2017 Resolutions: Bettering Print

It’s no secret that with every New Year comes a slew of resolutions that people create out of desire to better themselves. Data has shown that approximately 40% of Americans set well-intentioned, self-improving goals for their next trip around the sun.

At Custom Color, our team is no different. While many of our Color Crew has their own personal resolutions, many of them have printing promises that they’re looking to keep in 2017.

Here’s what we found by polling some of our staff:

“More print, of course. I’m also hoping to use my research and development experience to help clients succeed further and smarter in their marketing campaigns.” – Brett, CFO, Research and Development Dude

“In 2017, we’re going to improve and advance our capabilities of Switch and PitStop software. We will continue to incorporate that knowledge into our Prepress Process. Oh, also to finish our lobby and showroom redesign.” – Jason Milbourne, Vice President and Prepress Prodigy

“I’m ready to bring on three new program accounts and expand the programs within my existing accounts.” –Bridget Suarez, Account Executive

“I will create new Point of Sale avenues to help solve client’s retail problems. Not only that, I want to do it efficiently and cost effectively.” – Joel Seidelman, Account Executive

“My goal is to help customers and prospects meet their business’ needs through a multitude of high-quality services and state-of-the-art products that come together seamlessly to effectively build brands.” – Ken Uridge, Account Executive

“I’m excited to bring in and test new materials. Adding substrates to our offering line up allows us to meet and exceed our customer base’s wide variety of needs and demands.” – Josh VanMeter, Purchasing Manager

“With a new year comes a new wave of industry and company content. For me, the upcoming year is another opportunity to create, find and distribute some of the most creative and cutting-edge blogs and social media posts in the industry.” – Hannah White, Marketing Specialist

“My 2017 printing resolution is to learn new skills.” – Jena Garr, Prepress

“2017 gives me the opportunity to expand our Digital Storefront software to more companies!” – Andrea Tucker, Prepress

“My resolution is to continue to improve our prepress workflow.” – Oscar Pedroza, Prepress

“It is my goal every year to have less than 1% on my missing and damaged reports.” – Amanda Nelson, Happiness Hero (Side note: This is a goal that she has crushed for the last seven years.)

Kim Podolski, Happiness Hero, vows to “control the chaos” in 2017.

Rick Holzrichter perfectly wrapped up the more serious resolutions by saying he wants to “contribute to company success” in his year as a Happiness Hero.

Other resolutions offered up by our Happiness Heroes were a bit more lighthearted. Mark Oliver began the trend of 'punny' answers by saying his resolution is “to not be pixelated.” We think that was a subtle reminder to remember 150 DPI and other printing policies. Corrie Gardner will continue to “ink positively” while Lisa Castillo will “print healthier and drink more ink.”

It’s exciting to bring in the New Year with a fantastic crew who brings their very best to the table. In 2017, Custom Color will print better for our clients while bettering the print industry.

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Custom Color Contributions: Our 2016 Charity of Choice

We say it time and time again; our employees are seriously fantastic people. Each year they all go above and beyond to help members of our community live better lives – our Color Crew makes contributions.

For the past three years, we have identified a charity in our community as our Charity of Choice. This year, we chose the Rose Brooks Center, a nationally awarded Kansas City domestic violence center that provides shelter and support to individuals, families and pets who dream of a life safe from violence. Their mission is to break the cycle of domestic violence so that individuals and families can live free of abuse.

We began taking donations on October 3 – in less than three weeks, we had collected over 1,000 pounds of items to donate. Our friends at Church & Dwight donated a gaylord full of personal hygiene items. Our employees rose to the challenge and donated another gaylord full of in-kind needs requested by the center. Employees also raised $150 dollars, which is enough to provide one safe night for a woman or child escaping abuse and 8 hot, nutritious meals to a resident of the emergency shelter.

 “We’re a company of people helping people – not only in our everyday printing duties, but also in major charitable donations, like this.” Brett Saunders, Vice President of finance and development stated. “It’s amazing that everyone from partners like Church & Dwight to our printing pros can come together to support such a worthy and close-to-home cause.”

Danny Tetuan, assistant account manager and donator of diapers stated, “There are so many mothers out there, especially in these unfortunate circumstances, that can’t afford diapers.” The memories of his sister’s similar circumstances drove his donation choice.

We’re all so proud to be part of a company that cares. Jessie McWilliams, Human Resources Manager and Charity of Choice captain stated, “I love that I get to work for a company that allows and encourages us to give back to our community. It is inspiring that our employees are always more than willing to give back to those who may be dealing with less fortunate circumstances.”

Fantastic job, Color Crew. We appreciate everything that you do for us, and everything that you do for others.