Our Company

A History of Innovation:
Solutions that leave a clear imprint

After three decades, you might say we have grown up with the promotions industry. What once was a product-limited, commodity-driven market has evolved into a dynamic, sophisticated, and multi-faceted market with thousands of products, materials, colors, and sizes to choose from. At Aprons, Etc., our focus has always been to bring innovative solutions to our vast network of distributors who depend on us for the most comprehensive range of products, expert service, and competitive pricing. In terms of flexibility, quality, and overall value, Aprons, Etc. has got you covered.

OUR MISSION

To be the go-to, American manufacturer and import supplier for distributor partners by delivering innovative, cost-effective, solutions to the Promotional and Advertising Specialty Industry.

OUR TEAM

Jeffrey M. Hoffman
Owner & CEO

Having started Aprons, Etc. with his wife Lucy over 30 years ago with one imprinted apron, Jeff has been at the forefront of the promotional products industry growth.  His focus and vision have enabled Aprons, Etc. to survive through difficult times within the textile industry, emerging as one of today's leaders.  His passion for the company continues to play a pivotal role in moving forward in a very competitive market.

"Aprons, Etc., has to continue to reinvent itself and keep pace with the technological advances within the digital printing and textile world.  I'm committed to seeing this happen."  Jeff Hoffman

Scott Thackston
President

With over 25 years of experience in large format printing on fabric, Scott Thackston began developing event marketing campaigns early in his career, with an emphasis on digital brand development on unique textiles.  Today, Scott directs a range of innovation and strategic initiatives for Aprons, Etc. with his 18+ years of experience in the Ad Specialty Promotional Product Industry.  His goal is to inform Corporate America of the value of using advertising specialty marketing through promotional products, as the best ROI advertising channel.  He is a social media voice in the industry @PromotionsMan, providing educational campaigns to distributors and their clients to successfully position Aprons, Etc. at the forefront of the industry as a textile event display leader.

"Being unique and on the cutting edge of product development with ideas on what's next is what inspires me."  Scott Thackston

Mark Brockman
CFO

In the expanse of 20 Years, with the last 5 devoted to Aprons Etc., Mark has built a strong knowledge base of Financial and Operations Management.  Tasked with meeting corporate financial goals, Mark's flexibility and responsive strategies ensure Aprons, Etc. utilizes every option in satisfying Customer and Supplier needs.  His daily goal is to provide Aprons Etc. with a qualified analysis of where we've been, where we are and what the future may hold.

"Providing your team a golden key, being the right tools and information, steers them to quality decisions at the door of Opportunity."  Mark Brockman



Pam Pennington
National Accounts Manager

Using 30+ years of professional account management experience, Pam has spent her 11 years with Aprons Etc. leveraging customer relationships while striving to achieve mutual goals.  Using in-depth knowledge of our product opportunities, she works with a collaborative, cross-functional approach to analyze and  problem solve in order to meet customer needs.  Her participation and development of webinars and in-person distributor training creates a value-added service for our customers. Helping to develop targeted and relevant direct mail, emails and an impactful and useful sales tools for our distributors keeps her in touch and focused on providing our customers with the right product for their client's marketing goals.

"I enjoy the environment of creativity that exists in the promotional products industry and its people!"  Pam Pennington

AWARDS

Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI): 5-Star Rated Supplier
SAGE: A+ Rated Supplier
Distributor Central (DC): Platinum Supplier

PPAI 2015 Supplier Catalog Design Silver Award 26 - 75pgs
 

DRIVEN BY INNOVATION

From the outset, Aprons, Etc. has been committed to introducing innovative products and services to our diverse distributor network - products that reflect quality, variety, and overall value.

1992   -

Entered the Advertising Specialty Promotional Product Industry with large-format, screen-printed textile specialties: aprons, tote bags, towels and bandannas

1995   -

Introduced the first full product line of large-format, screen-printed logo display table covers

1998   -

Created the exclusive, non-woven, disposable advertising logo chair headrest cover for seated audience transportation

2000   -

Developed the new “Display Solutions” product line category of event marketing for the promotional product industry: large format corporate logo printed table covers, banner displays, headrest covers and trades show exhibit accessories

2001   -

Introduced the first digital, dye-sublimation, large-format, logo-imprinted table cover

2004   -

Created the first recyclable / limited-use product category of screen printed logo apparel and display table covers in exclusive materials of 1.7mil plastic and non-woven polypropylene

2006   -

Introduced the first, all-over, direct-to-fabric, digitally imprinted table cover with custom color

2010   -

Branded and trademarked KOLORpure™, a true subsurface, digital dye-sublimation imprint process on polyester display products.

2011   -

Trademarked the ValuPoly™ 100% polyester dye-sublimation event display table cover as an exclusive economic option for large quantity full color display orders.

2014   -

Created the industry exclusive direct print full color photographic process for logo branding on recyclable plastic limited use table covers.

2015   -

Introduced an exclusive full line of event display products to the promotional product industry with six material options and three imprinted methods for large-format, display-logo table covers.

2016   -

Launched the Fast & Free line of Event Display Table Covers, Flags & Banners with 5 - days in-hands production to delivery with Free Freight.