Congratulations Kathy Cates!

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Congrats Kathy for being selected as one of the Triad Business Journal’s Outstanding Women in Business for 2018! We are proud of you and thankful to have you on our team! Read more by Clicking Here!

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Congratulations Rene Lefler 2018 Pink Ribbon Queen!

beach!.jpgPIP Triad was proud to support the ARMC Foundation’s Pink Ribbon Fund with Rene Lefler. Efforts from Rene, Sandy Ellington – Graves of Tate Realtors, and great sponsors made “Dude Looks like a Lady” an evening of fun, laughter and hope. Rene’s team raised over $44,000.
The ARMC Foundation’s Pink Ribbon Fund allows women, who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, access to necessary resources and diagnostic procedures they may not otherwise be able to afford.
Congratulations Rene! You are a true hero and an inspiration. Thank you for allowing PIP Triad to be a part of your journey.

The Burlington School Spring Auction and Dinner!

Screen Shot 2018-04-18 at 10.41.59 AM.pngPip Triad partnered with The Burlington School for the 2018 Spring Auction and Dinner. This annual event, entitled “Growing Together,” is a celebration of the exceptional faculty and remarkable programming made available to all TBS students.

“Growing Together” has enabled TBS to grow in many ways over the years. The entire school community has pulled together during this fundraiser which allowed TBS to secure a bus for transporting students on academic field trips and to athletic team competitions.
With the support of friends, family, and community partners, TBS will successfully fulfill its mission and provide outstanding educational opportunities for their students.

PIP Welcomes New Sales & Project Manager to the Team!

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Please join us as we welcome Jody Belangia to the PIP Triad & Triad Signs team. Jody is no stranger to the area – a lifelong resident of North Carolina, he brings with him a decade of experience in the sign industry along with outstanding design, creative and solution skills for all types of signage and graphics.
He attended Eastern Alamance High School and graduated from East Carolina University with a BFA in Fine Arts. He lives in Mebane with his wife, Justine and their son, Colin.
When he isn’t scouring the Carolina countryside for new sign opportunities, you can find Jody in his shop – building custom musical instruments, on the water fishing, or on any local mountain bike trail.

 

This week at Triad Signs

This is an 8 ft wide by 10 ft Tall Aluminum sign. We met with the customer and devised a plan to rebrand the existing signage. Call us today to set up your signage consultation and let us help your business stand out.
This project was completed this week for Glick Insurance. Glick Insurance has this to say about itself, “Since opening shop nearly two decades ago, we’ve discovered clients appreciate working with a small agency that makes their needs the top priority. We take a hands-on approach toward determining their specific insurance needs. Taking this time early in our process confirms an accurate, cost-effective policy is pursued.”

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After 35 years, Burlington’s PIP is still in print

When Jimmy and Judy Brumley were newlyweds, they were both looking for new jobs.

Jimmy Brumley went to PIP Printing in Greensboro to make copies of his résumé. There, he saw a flier touting the benefits of becoming the owner of a PIP franchise. Soon after, he and Judy opened Burlington’s first Postal Instant Press location on Shadowbrook Drive.

That was 35 years ago this month.

Back then, the shop printed in mostly black and white and mostly printed business cards, stationery and the like.

How things have changed. PIP Triad now has its imprint from Raleigh to Winston-Salem. It also added a full-service marketing division, as well as promotional product and signage divisions.

And the Brumleys bought the Greensboro franchise — the same one that Jimmy visited 35 years ago.

“To be honest with you, we look at each other and say, ‘How did this happen?’” Judy said. “It seems like yesterday that we started the business. We laugh at the simple mistakes we made, and how we would never see the light of day because we worked from sunrise to sunset. The work has definitely paid off.”

Indeed, PIP Triad ranks in the top 10 in sales through the entire PIP company, which has about 550 locations nationwide.

PIP Triad has a roster of prominent clients, ranging from Alamance Regional Medical Center to Wake Forest University. And while print sales have declined since 2008, the business itself has thrived because it has evolved into expanding its signage business, Jimmy said.

And yes, direct mail is still a very lucrative business, Jimmy said.

“If you get a well-positioned direct mail piece, you have someone’s attention for half a minute,” he said. “If you send an email, you have someone’s attention for five seconds.”

In 1992, PIP moved the business to Chapel Hill Road before settling into its large space at 825 S. Main St. in 2007, in the former Coca-Cola bottling company building. The company now has 15 employees, three of whom are who Judy calls their “sparrows”: they worked for PIP in the past, left and then returned to the PIP nest.

She and Jimmy credit present and past employees for the company’s success.

“We learned to hire people in fields that we aren’t expert in because they are, and trust the others to do their part and let us guide them along as needed.” Judy said. “Once you find your key people, you have to learn to trust them and step away. And lo and behold, they do a whole lot better than Jimmy and I ever could.”

Reporter Bill Cresenzo can be reached at bcresenzo@thetimesnews.com or 336-506-3041. Follow him on Twitter at @BillCresenzoTN.