Meet the Team
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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.
Voted Best Buddy because he greets everyone with ‘hey Buddy’, Jeff has very capably translated his skills from offset printing to digital printing and is constantly seeking ways to improve everything we churn out in small format. That, and he assists with our social media and our website and in prepress and backup singer for Jill and processing files in wide format. Our goal is to keep ‘Hey Buddy’ as busy as possible. Voted Best Buddy.
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”.
Samantha ‘Sam’ Neely honed her “Yes Ma’am” and “No Sir” skills during her four year stint in the US Navy. She also had lots of hands on experience with information systems, network security and customer service. Now that she’s on dry land, Sam has seamlessly acclimated to the hectic pace of our customer service & wide format worlds. When not at work, Sam spends her shore leave… er, down time… painting acrylics and hanging out with her boyfriend, young daughter and the family dog.
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 “Bernie” Bernard
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.
Front Counter Specialist
*taken after the mask mandate was lifted
If you consider our front counter as the line of scrimmage, Brian Thompson skillfully splits his time between being offensive guard and offensive tackle at any given moment. For those of you less familiar with football, just know that Brian brings a great customer service skillset to his work at Copycat and has quickly learned the front counter position. He also is our go-to for protecting the quarterback. Voted most rabid NCSU Wolfpack football fan.
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.