ColDesi Experts & Authors

Mark Stephenson

Mark Stephenson

Mark Stephenson is a Digital Marketing Professional that has been producing written and video content in the custom apparel business market since 2011.  He is also co-host of the industry leading Custom Apparel Startups Podcast since 2015.

Stephenson is Director of Marketing for the ColDesi group of companies, an industry supplier of equipment and supplies.  He’s also an Author of online courses on Pay for Click Advertising (PPC), Local SEO, and the Custom T-Shirt Business specifically.  Mark has a proven and laser-focused passion for educating and empowering entrepreneurs.

 

You can rely on

Mark’s knowledge of digital marketing for related comments and articles, as well as industry-specific pieces on digital printing, embroidery and other custom apparel technologies.

 

For more background

Mark visit markjstephenson.com or connect with him on LinkedIn

Jerid Hill

Jerid Hill

Jerid Hill graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in 1993 for graphics and design.  He entered the custom apparel and t-shirt industry in 1998 where he founded his own Printing and Design Company.

Throughout the years, Jerid has written articles, blog and forum postings, created informative videos and taken the time to speak to many direct to garment users to assist in moving the direct to garment industry forward.

Introduced to the direct to garment technology as early as 2004, Jerid sold off his business and took a position as Sales Manager with Belquette, Inc.  Hill has been a thought leader in the DTG industry pursuing new technologies for better DTG quality and output.  His advice is well sought after in industry publications.  In 2018, BelQuette merged with the ColDesi group of companies in Tampa and Jerid now serves at DTG Product Manager for ColDesi. Inc.

 

You can rely on

Jerid’s unique perspective in the garment industry -one that is focused on the end user’s experience.  He has extensive technical knowledge of direct to garment printing as well as details and tips for preparing artwork, pre-treating garments, expert level tips, and best overall practices for the garment printing realm.

 

For more background

Contact the marketing department at ColDesi, Inc. 877-793-3278 c/o Tom Rumbaugh to set up an interview with Jerid or to submit questions.

Tom Rumbaugh

Tom Rumbaugh

Tom Rumbaugh has over 26 years experience in the decorated apparel industry.  He started as an on-site trainer and installer and has trained or advised over 3,000 apparel startups.

He has served in capacities of district sales manager, regional sales, and product manager for industry leaders, as well as former President and CEO of his own embroidery, direct-to-garment, and screen-printing facilities.  His awards include multiple salesperson of the year awards, Brother Presidents Club, Sandler awards, and was the Dale Carnegie sell-off champion.

Rumbaugh currently provides content, authorship, and promotion for ColDesi Inc. and other group related companies.  He is also tapped frequently as a guest writer for industry publications with industry leading articles on embroidery, dtg, and transfer printing.

 

You can rely on

Tom’s experience & knowledge of how to develop a successful business and grow in the decorated apparel industry.  Also, his overall expert business advice.  Look to him for expert info regarding pricing structures, selling, managing and promoting business growth.

 

For more background

Contact the marketing department at ColDesi, Inc. 877-793-3278 c/o Tom Rumbaugh to set up an interview or request additional info.

Marc Vila

Marc Vila

Mark Vila Is an expert in e-commerce and digital marketing. He takes a hands-on approach in the decorated apparel industry producing written, video and audio content to inspire and educate custom apparel entrepreneurs.  He is also co-host of the industry leading podcast & video advice website Custom Apparel Startups.

Marc serves as Director of Marketing for Colman & Company which is the industries leading supplier of embroidery supplies, dtg inks, and the extremely popular Digital HeatFX systems.  Since 2008 Marc has helped thousands of small business owners achieve their dreams.

 

You can rely on

Marc’s knowledge of running an online store, creating video content and knowledge of the various apparel decorating methods and their benefits.  He also has extensive knowledge of social media platforms and online sales growth and marketing.

 

For more background

Contact the marketing department at Colman & Company at 800-891-1094 and ask for Marc directly to set up an interview or to submit questions.

Don Copeland

Don Copeland

Don Copeland is an Output Graphics Sales and Application Professional, focusing on Digital Printing, who has been serving the graphics industry since 1989

His experience includes developing written as well as video content for the sign, engraving, custom apparel and UV printing industries for nearly 30 years.  Professionally he has been involved in the sale and support of thermal, laser and inkjet printers, vinyl sign equipment, rotary engraving and CNC equipment, embroidery, rhinestone and spangle machines as well as extensive software experience in all of these applications.

Copeland is the author of multiple articles for major trade magazines both domestically and internationally.  He is well known for his industry knowledge, practical application understanding and down to earth communication skills to help empower end users at every level.

 

You can rely on

Don’s technical and practical insight into the rapidly growing output graphics marketplace whether as a contributing writer or as a source for quotations and content for overview articles.

 

For more background

You can connect with Don on Linkedin, or contact the marketing department at ColDesi, Inc. 877-793-3278 c/o Tom Rumbaugh to set up an interview or request additional info.

Stephanie Arkell

Stephanie Arkell

Stephanie Arkell is a Marketing and Customer Support Specialist who has had a lifelong passion for and grew-up in the apparel decorating industry for over 20 years.

She started as a kid simply helping her father in his t-shirt business to now helping thousands of viewers and readers alike to expand and improve their knowledge and inspire new ideas. She specializes in creating demonstration videos, educational tutorials, and written content aimed to help everyone from new business owners to existing industry professionals.

Using social media Arkell has dedicated her career to helping business owners succeed and learn the latest and greatest in the field.

 

You can rely on

Stephanie’s expansive knowledge of the industry and specifically her first-hand exposure to running and operating a business in the industry.

 

For more background

Contact the marketing department at Colman & Company at 800-891-1094 c/o Marc Villa to set up an interview or to submit questions.