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Meet Our Staff

“T-shirt Bob” Morris – owner/operator – since the beginning

T-shirt, Embroidery, Jacksonvile Florida

As the company’s chief “paper pusher”, Bob oversees the office and art department using his experience, organizational skill, and an eye for detail to insure orders correctly begin their journey through our process.  He is married to Latrelle and they have a son named Bobby.

Outside of work, T-shirt Bob stays involved in his favorite hobbies – surfing and fishing.  He is a past champion of the National Scholastic Surfing Association’s Carolina district and has been a top placer and winner in several east coast contests from North Carolina to Florida.  He is a founder, past president, and champion of the Florida Lure Anglers fishing club and has in excess of 100k of winnings as a professional inshore saltwater fisherman.  He is a member of Community Presbyterian Church and resides in Neptune Beach, FL.

 

Shawn Riley – owner/operator – since the beginning

T-shirt, Embroidery, Jacksonvile Florida

Shawn started a successful business – S. Riley Screenprinting fresh out of high school and hasn’t looked back since.  He uses his vast amount of experience in all facets of screenprint operations to manage our production staff – insuring an average of 300 jobs per month are delivered on deadline.  He is married to Jennifer and their sons are Nathan and Evan.

A work hard/play hard philosophy governs Shawn’s life – he runs full bore during peak seasons and when work slows down he prefers to unwind by leaving the country.  Being an avid surfer, he typically finds his way to some of the best breaks of the Caribbean and Central America and has also been known to hit the slopes with his snowboard.  Shawn is one of the only true “beach locals” as he was born in Jacksonville Beach and still resides there.

 

 

Willy Beeman – embroidery operations manager/purchasing manager – est. 2004

T-shirt, Embroidery, Jacksonvile Florida

Like Shawn, Willy learned the embroidery business right out of high school and has been a machine operator in some of North Florida’s largest operations.  At Great Atlantic his talents elevated him to become the manager and chief troubleshooter for our embroidery department.  As our primary purchaser, his attention to detail and ability to sniff out a bargain help insure our clients get the best prices possible on their apparel orders.  Outside of work, he is a skilled rider of skateboards and likes to play a variety of musical instruments.

 

Mike Whitaker – artist – est. 1995

T-shirt, Embroidery, Jacksonvile Florida

One of our oldest crew members, Mike is a highly skilled illustrator despite having no formal training.  Throughout his years he has seen t-shirt art go from hand cutting designs out of ruby film with an exacto-knife, to operating a graphic camera/darkroom, and finally reaching the digital age.  These days his primary focus is color separating customer supplied art and outputting film but he still produces high quality illustrations which translate into award winning t-shirt prints.  He is married to Pam and they have a son (who also seems to have an innate artistic ability) named Ian.  Mike is a regular at Kona Skatepark and is also a highly skilled surfer who travels to California and Costa Rica in his free time in search of great waves.

 

Mike Arnold – embroidery department manager – est. 2011

Mike previously worked in several California embroidery shops and joined us upon his return to his home state in 2011.  He manages the day to day operations in our embroidery department and specializes in running hats.  Away from work you will find him playing music.

 

Tammy Gilbert – embroiderer – est. 2004

Tammy is our high volume embroidery specialist who specializes in polo shirts and jackets.  She is an Ohio native and has three daughters.

 

Jeff Braswell – press operator – est. 2006

Jeff is our primary manual press operator and runs a high volume of small quantity orders.  He works hard throughout the year and relaxes with an annual trip to Amsterdam. RIP 2014

 

John Epps – production manager – est. 2010

John is a US Air Force veteran who began working with us as a shipping/receiving clerk.  His strong work ethic and willingness to learn now finds him as one of our automatic press operators specializing in high volume jobs.

 

Corey Meehan – press operator – est. 2010

T-shirt, Embroidery, Jacksonvile Florida

Corey typically shares a press with John and specializes in long runs.  He is an avid musician who has been a member of local punk rock bands.

 

Nathan Riley – press operator – est. 2011

Nathan is Shawn’s son and is now learning the business.  He shares a press with Ronnie and likes to get tattooed and freehand tattoo style art in his spare time.

 

David Curry – screenmaking – est. 2010

David is in charge of recycling our screens to insure we have plenty of stock for a busy schedule.

 

Debbie Beeman – embroidery quality control/finishing – est. 2009

Debbie handles quality control for our embroidery operation and uses years of experience and a keen eye to make sure all logos are properly trimmed, folded, and packaged. RIP 2014

 

Chris Grantt – press operator – est. 2011

Chris handles every shirt that we produce when they emerge from our conveyor belt dryers.  He works hard to catch mistakes and insure that orders are properly folded, counted, and packaged.

 

Parish Staley – shipping manager

Bio coming soon!

 

Andrew Lassiter – accounts manager

Bio coming soon!

 

Stacey Lassiter – office manager

Bio coming soon!

 

Megan Sutton – artist/social media specialist

Megan studied graphic design and website design at Keiser for 2 years. She is passionate about bringing her creativeness to life through the websites she creates, and images she designs. Her hobbies are gaming, horseback riding, and going to comic conventions where she occasionally cosplays.