Our Industry’s Evolution into Decorators

February 12th Show Audio

Please find some links and notes from the 2 Regular Guys Podcast. Terry and Aaron welcome in a long time friend and industry expert, Don Copeland. Don has been part of ColDesi for years and is a leading authority on all things DTG, Embroidery and beyond. Terry and Aaron are going to explore with Don how our industry has evolved from niches like embroiderer, screen printer, etc. to apparel decorators. More diversification – folks are adding vinyl graphics, rhinestone and other techniques to make money.

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Our Industry’s Evolution into Decorators

Aaron: Don welcome to the show. Tell us a little about your background.

Terry: So the industry is different today than when we all came in. (Some of us longer ago than others.) What’s your description of the industry when you entered?

Aaron: Don, we talk on this show about the state of the industry. What’s your take on how and why we’ve transitioned from where we were when you can on board to where we are today?

Terry: It’s interesting to look at where we were and where we are today, but where do you see us going? What do you see on the horizon in terms of products and how we go about doing business?

Don Copeland entered the apparel decoration industry in 1990 selling computer systems to screen printers to do separations via laser printers onto vellum.  Through the years migrated into the sign and digital imaging marketplace and did a 2 year stint with CADlink Technology Corporation as a regional manager and the “face of CADlink” at all of the major sign and apparel shows before opening my own business selling equipment, software and supplies to the sign, apparel decoration and imaging industries.  Eventually, the market for Value Added Resellers collapsed post 9/11 and I came to ColDesi (then known as SWF East) in 2004 and was asked to head the digital printing division of the company – which is where I met both Aaron and Terry.  Currently, I am digital products manager and senior account manager at ColDesi and also have a consulting business to the industry – writing for trade magazines and websites and helping folks start and/or grow their businesses.

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