As you might have guessed my name is Josh Ellsworth and I’m the author of this blog. I’ve been in the heat printing industry at some level for over 12 years. I am 30 years old, married, a dad and a resident of Uniontown, PA (a small town south of Pittsburgh). I began in this industry as a janitor at Imprintables Warehouse when I was 18 years old – sooner than later I graduated to a job in sales. I worked in sales at Imprintables until November 2009 when I accepted a job as General Manager of a start up division of Stahls’ called CAD CUT Direct. My job at Stahls’ is great, I get to push educational content out through all types of channels and be more or less a heat applied graphics evangelist.
Some of my experience that qualifies me for this job of raising awareness includes:
- being the first ‘supplier’ in the decorated apparel industry to post an educational video on youtube and create a youtube page: http://www.youtube.com/joshellsworth
- being the first sales rep in the field to start an educational blog that actually puts out info that is not censored by his/her company – making it possible to lose corporate voice when communicating to a customer: http://www.joshellsworth.com
- being the most active vendor member on t-shirtforums.com - a website that I have contributed over 1,500 helpful posts to over the past 4 years
- utilizing new web templating tools such as ning.com to establish a social networking site for Versacamm owners: MyVersamm.com (community is now 1000 members and growing).
- the continued development of niche websites that focus on innovation as well as emerging markets – launched pimpashirt.com
- Regular Speaker at Imprinted Sportswear Shows across the US and at FESPA shows internationally
- Webinar Speaker for Great Garment Graphics, SGIA and Stahls’
- Columnist for Printwear Magazine and regular contributor to Impressions Magazine
From my experience you can guess that I pride myself on having the ability and knowledge to educate decorators of all sizes. I have worked with little league moms who wanted to buy their first heat press to do their kids uniforms and I have consulted with some of the largest production facilities; owning anywhere from 20 - 100 heat presses. The information that I have had the privilege to obtain over the past 12 years and that which I continue to learn allows me to be a great help to many businesses and earn their trust and ultimately their business. So I guess, I can be best described as a heat printing expert. If you are looking to customize apparel or fabric as part of your business then subscribe to my blog by clicking here.