As we’ve rolled into 2016 and we here at Midwest Graphics and Awards have a great staff in place, we would love to introduce them to you and provide the opportunity to learn about the fine folks here at MGA.
Jamie “Punky” Buhr – Head Honcho
Jamie is the General Manager and has been with Midwest Graphics and Awards since 2013. Before Midwest, he worked at Ford for 9 years as a Zone Manger in New York and Chicago. He & his wife Abbie (see below), were working on the screen printing side at the Chicago location before they moved back to Ann Arbor at the end of 2014. They are both from A2 originally and met at Pioneer high school a VERY long time ago. When not working late at Midwest Graphics, you will find this former high school state champion attempting to keep his skills on the basketball court sharp or working on various writing projects.
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Abbie Buhr – Studio/Art Manager
Abbie has been with Midwest Graphics since 2013 and is the Studio Manager and Art Director. She majored in photography at SVA in New York, then worked in publishing for several years before obtaining a certificate in Visual Communication from SAIC in Chicago. Her current obsession is her Fitbit and winning the workweek hustle challenge by getting as many steps as possible from Monday through Friday. She also enjoys drinking mimosas again because she isn’t pregnant.
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Adam Hernandez – Director of Operations
Adam is the longest tenured employee of Midwest Graphics, joining the company in 2010 as the engraver. He recently was promoted to Director of Operations but still handles all the engraving. In his time outside of work, he enjoys podcasting about sports from the studio he created at his house.
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Cressey Kovolesky – Director of Apparel
Cressey has been with MGA since 2011 and is the Director of Apparel. She oversees all apparel orders and assists with the art and proof process. She is also the embroidery operator. Cressey has two Savannah cats born May 2, 2014 named Rogue and Roux. They know how to “sit” and “jump” but they’re proving to be a handful, even six-times domesticated.
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Salvador “Sal” Escalante – Head Screen Printer
Sal joined Midwest Graphics in 2013 and moved with the company from Chicago to Michigan. He is now the Head Screen Printer for Midwest Graphics and is responsible for producing all the great screen printed products. Outside of his time at MGA, Sal is an avid basketball player and is a high school teammate of the Cleveland Cavilers’ Iman Shumpert. Sal is also a Netflix aficionado and his favorite movie is Groundhog Day.
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Adam “Dorf” Waltersdorf – Buyer/Administration
Dorf joined Midwest Graphics in October of 2015 after spending last three years with Dick’s Sporting Goods in various roles. His primary responsibilities for MGA are purchasing, sourcing, website management, and logistics. Outside of his work at MGA, he is working on his Bachelor’s Degree in business from Eastern Michigan University.
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Eric “Yanz” Janz – Screen Printer
Yanz is a former chef who worked in Chicago and Ann Arbor before he joined Midwest Graphics as a Screen Printer in December of 2014. One of Eric’s favorite dishes to make is braised ribs, au gratin potatoes, coleslaw, with corn & black bean salad. Eric & his wife Leslie, welcomed their first child Ethan in September of 2015. Eric is also an avid golfer who played for DePaul University in Chicago.
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Diana Lamb – Apparel Production Assistant
Diana is from our new home in Dexter and joined MGA in September. She recently graduated from Dexter High school, and has been a wonderful addition to the Screen Printing crew. She has a passion for music, art, and animals, and was a member of the marching band for all four years.
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Trevor Brewster- Accountant
Trevor is our amazing accountant and friend, and we couldn’t do it without him. He can be seen at the MGA office from time to time, and he owns the Great Lakes Baseball Academy in Canton, MI. He enjoys working on his yard, hitting balls (golf or baseball), and meeting Punky for a beer at the Null Taphouse here in Dexter.
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