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Betsy likes to spend more time working on the business these days, rather than in the business, so her front counter appearances are rare sightings. And she is decidedly not your go to person for production. Because her brain contains decades of Copycat information – some worthy, some useless – she is experimenting with trying to copy & paste it into the team’s brains. Voted Most Senior Citizen.
Don’t fall for the Michigan accent when having a conversation with our general manager, Sue Meier. She’s lived in Wilmington for 25 years, is well connected and a veritable expert on the movers & shakers of our area. Sue also loves to analyze processes, numbers… really anything that requires analysis. She’s also an expert at building relationships and developing business, which is exactly why we gave her the title of Director of Business Development. Voted most likely to call and ask for appointments.
Senior Graphic Designer
Jill very quietly and efficiently WOWs every client with whom she works. Hailing from the metropolis of Sparta NC, Jill has a mechanical knack for successfully MacGrubering a piece of equipment. She also likes to sing along with songs written before she was born. How does she even know the words? Voted “Less likely to call attention to herself and her talents”.
Wide Format Printer
As earnest as the day is long, loyal to the bone and hustling just as fast as he did when he joined our team in 2003, Alan is both well known and well-liked by everyone who walks through our doors. Alan prides himself on remembering all of you by name and telephone number. Feel free to test him. No offense but our money is on Alan. Voted “most congenial” to infinity and beyond.
Alan Bernard, commonly known as Bernie around here because we don’t want to get confused when trying to figure out which Alan, has decades of valuable printing experience thanks to his previous career in the chilly climes of Massachusetts.
Now fully ensconced in our warm Copycat climate, Bernie has very quickly proven to be a very resourceful and helpful team member and he doesn’t mind showing all of us a few of his ‘old dog’ printing tricks. Voted most likely to make his R’s sound like H’s.
Production and Customer Service Specialist
Brian did such a great job for us at the front counter that we taught him about the world of large format and guess what? Now he’s an integral part of that department in addition to lending a hand to Aaron as needed and assisting with internal computer-related needs. Gotta love personal and professional growth! Onward and upward Brian! Voted tallest employee and most likely to say Yes Ma’am.
Tanner is exceedingly better versed on the topic of Russian film than anyone else in the building. As much as we’d like to say that’s why we hired him, it’s not.
He also is our resident expert in 3D modeling . . . again, not the reason for his hire.
Tanner has capably joined our already well-seasoned team of graphic designers and in his thirst for knowledge, is becoming adept in production as well. Voted most likely to invent a board game, create a podcast or quote some pop culture reference.
If you believe in synchronicity or serendipity or the Universe taking care of things, then you’ll understand how Mario McMeans became one of our graphic designers.
Mario is a very chill & talented asset to an already talented team; if you want to hear the story or how we found each other, ask us next time you’re in. Voted our resident expert on the Green Bay Packers
Wide Format Printer
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Voted most likely to speak softly and carry a big stapler.
There has never been a better office dog at Copycat than Birdie. In fact, there has never been another office dog at Copycat so she’s definitely the #1 best dog ever. Voted most likely to go around allowing pats and asking for T-R-E-A-T-S…
Copycat was actually created as a print shop for a local architectural firm in the early 1970s. The firm had a large design project on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus and preferred maintaining control over the printing of their blueprints and specifications rather than sending everything to a printer in Raleigh. Those days were obviously before the advent of the digital world, not to mention overnight shipping, so everything the architects could do in-house to enhance the delivery of their work to the general contractor helped keep the project costs down. The three architects quickly realized they needed a 4th individual to come in and manage the print shop, hence the arrival of our president emeritus, Max Kahn. Armed with a degree in ceramic engineering and no prior printing experience, Mr. Kahn met the challenge of running an AB Dick press for the specifications and a GAF blueprint machine for the plans. His efforts were so successful that additional employees were hired to handle orders coming in from other local architects as well as many area small businesses. By the way, for those of you in Wilmington, a restaurant/nightclub on Castle Street called The Juggling Gypsy housed one of our old locations. In 1979, Mr. Kahn bought out the other three partners and Copycat Print Shop became incorporated, serving as the only blueprinter in southeastern North Carolina. Continuing the tradition of jumping into the deep end of the pool without knowing how to swim, in 1981 his daughter Betsy, armed with a degree in recreation, joined the team selling drafting supplies to local architects, engineers and general contractors.
In the 1980s diazo – the word used for the blueprinting process – gave way to xerographic, meaning blue lines on white paper gave way to black lines that wouldn’t fade or smear. This was a paradigm shift in business practices, requiring new technology that ran more efficiently, smelled lots less than the anhydrous ammonia required in blueprinting and provided our customers with the added bonus of being able to have their work enlarged or reduced at different scales on paper rather than having to redraw their designs. Copycat was the first local company to offer these services, now known as reprographics, to Wilmington and the vicinity, as well as introducing the first commercially available color copies and large color prints. Today, we have moved completely away from offset printing and are fully digital. Our company philosophy regarding equipment has been to embrace the technology benefiting our customers with faster, better, more reasonably priced work.
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