Leigh Prince - Account Executive
1. Please describe your background (degree, field of training, related experience).
My background is in Marketing. I graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a BBA in Marketing what feels like many years ago! My career began working for a marketing agency in Ann Arbor. My experience in printing started with Print-Tech but as a print buyer. I enjoyed working with the small, tight-knit team so much that I finally jumped ship and joined the fam!
2. What is your role now and how has it changed since you hired in?
Once a sales rep, always a sales rep ;)
3. What is the most satisfying part of your job?
Because of my marketing background, I get pretty excited when a customer reaches out with a wild idea and brings me in to help flesh it out. Sometimes customers don’t realize that the sooner they involve us in their print projects, the more successful the finished piece will be. We will help steer the project in the right direction to make sure it is what was envisioned and will make the most sense from a cost/efficiency standpoint. It sure is fun to be a part of the brainstorm! It’s also very rewarding to see a project from start to finish and how happy our customers are when they finally get to hold it in their hand. Not only does it feel tight-knit with our internal team but also with our customers. I often find myself feeling as though we’re just helping out our friends in the community and it makes the work feel really important!
4. Outside of work, what activities or hobbies are you passionate about? In other words, where might we find you on the weekends?
My husband, Matt, and I enjoy going on wilderness camping trips, specifically to the Boundary Waters in northern Minnesota. There’s nothing quite like being out in the wild and feeling like you’re one with nature. We also enjoy the occasional mountain biking trips to our local trails or in the UP. We purchased a fixer-upper home in the Fall of 2021 so if we’re not out camping or goofing off on our bikes, we’re probably tearing down some walls at home!
5. Describe your favorite vacation.
The last trip my husband and I took to the Boundary Waters was by far the best. The weather was surprisingly warm for mid-May and we ended having sunshine most of the trip (hello, sunburn). There was one crazy thunder storm that rolled in that we captured in a timelapse. It rolled in so quickly. We were in the middle of a huge lake and saw it coming so we headed to the nearest campsite we could find, which thankfully was not occupied. We put up our hammocks and tarp just in time before it started to downpour. It was the wildest storm I’ve ever been trapped outside for. After about 30 mins, the storm clouds went away and the sunshine returned.
At one point, we found a waterfall way off the beaten path that had a perfectly crystal-clear pool of water at the bottom. We decided to take a swim and enjoy this magical place all to ourselves.
After six days of eating freeze-dried meals, I caught a large walleye the last night of the trip that we enjoyed with some lemon and butter. I had hauled some fish-cooking supplies around for the whole week and was so delighted to finally be able to use it and not have to eat another freeze-dried meal.
There’s nothing that makes you feel more resilient than a wilderness trip where all you have are the belongings you can fit in your backpack, your favorite travel buddy, a canoe and some fishing poles.
6. Describe the perfect sandwich.
Although I am not much of a bread-eater, I would love a fresh farm house bread with some smoked turkey, swiss cheese, an herb mayo, lettuce, tomato and very thinly sliced red onion. Excuse me, I think I just drooled…