Member Spotlight

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WE WANT TO KNOW YOU!

The Member Spotlight section a fantastic way for Members to get to know each other. Added benefits include: promotes you, your business, and drive traffic to your website.

The process is very simple:

1. Complete the form below
2. Return the completed from along with a photo of you, your company, your staff, our your company logo to: info@nifda.net
3. The month prior to publishing, the article will be forwarded to you for final approval.

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT APPLICATION

Member Spotlight: Jeff Tomczak, Rocky Mountain Flag & Kite Company

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Jeff Tomczak,
Rocky Mountain Flag & Kite Company

Number of years in Business: 32 years total (23 years as a second-generation owner)

Area of Expertise: Business: Flagpole installation

How did you end up in the Flag Industry?  My father started the flag store in 1986.  After leaving the USAF, Department of Defense and local police academy, I decided to take over the family business.  My earliest "patriotic" experience was in 1976 during the Bi-Centennial celebration.  I actually started painting fire hydrants in my neighborhood, red, white and blue (until the fire department stopped me).

Who do you most admire? God - He has performed many miracles in my life and I am grateful.   On earth, people like John Wayne, Chuck Norris and Michelle Malkin - extremely patriotic individuals in my book!

What are your hobbies? Skiing, hiking, rafting, camping, guns and target competition.

What surprises people about you? That my K-9 partner and I worked with the Secret Service to protect the Vice President and Air Force 2.  
 
Favorite Vacation Destination: Sandals Resorts - St. Lucia is our favorite, but we have been to 6 of the resorts in the Caribbean.

Tell us about any honors or awards you have received: United States Air Force: 2 Commendation medals, 2 Achievement medals, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Medal, Airman of the Quarter and other unit citations.Top 20 family-owned business (2-time winner) & Top 250 Privately-Owned Business (2-time winner)  (Source: Denver Business Journal)

What is your work philosophy? Work hard, treat everyone fairly, be polite & courteous always, and always be honest.

Do you have a favorite project & why? World Prayer Center / New Life Church in Colorado Springs (54 flagpoles). Our largest flagpole project to date.

Any advice for new NIFDA Members?  Get away from the daily routine- go somewhere new, meet new people and get involved.  Even if you don't attend the convention every year, find time to stay connected.    

What is the best thing about your job? I am proud to take care of the American Flag every day because it represents everything I believe in.   It's an honorable profession and career field.  Every day is something new, that brings new adventures and an opportunity to see Old Glory flying high.  

Member Spotlight: Gus Porter, W.G.N. Flag & Decorating Co.

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Gus Porter
W.G.N. Flag and Decorating Co.

Number of years in Business: 102 years

 Area of Expertise: Business: Applique, flagpole repair

 How did you end up in the Flag Industry?  Four Generations of my family. I have been involved since birth

Who do you most admire? Matt Conway, the one who kept me in the industry.

 What are your hobbies? Travel, wine, medieval weaponry, cooking, raising my daughter, Gwenevere

 What surprises people about you? My age, most think I am much older.
 
Favorite Vacation Destination: London

 Tell us about any honors or awards you have received: NIFDA Betsy Ross Award, Illinois State University Early Career Achievement Award.

 What is your work philosophy? Never forget who you are and put yourself in everything.

 Do you have a favorite project & why? Chicago Blackhawks Championship Banners-My favorite sport team, Iconic symbol of the team and history.

Any advice for new NIFDA Members?  Get involved, very involved. The more you put into your membership, the more you will get out.

What is the best thing about your job? Seeing my work wherever I go. It is close to an obsession. I like seeing my work in movies.

WGN Flag & Decorating
7984 S. South Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60617
773-768-8076 / 773-768-3138
gus@wgnflag.com
www.wgnflag.com

Member Spotlight: Karen Bush

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KAREN BUSH
Flag & Banner Company
2017 Winner of Betsy Ross Award

 Number of years in Business: 38 years

Area of Expertise: Applique, Flagpoles & Flagpole Repair.

How did you end up in the Flag Industry?  Very patriotic and tried to buy a flag and could not find one locally, outside of The Sears and JCPenney catalogs.

Who do you most admire?  My daughters and Margaret Thatcher.

What are your hobbies?   Gardening, Boating, Painting & refurbishing antique frames.

Favorite Charities:  Patriot Guard & Honor and Remember, Westfield Patriot Cemetery.

What surprises people about you? That I am always upbeat and happy.

What was the last great book you read?    Return of the Nefilim written by my husband Clifton Bush.

Favorite Vacation Destination:  Maderia Beach, Florida.

Tell us about any honors or awards you have received:  Blue Chip Award given to Top 10 Business in Indiana that have overcome diversity.  One of 34 Torch Bearers for Indiana Bicentennial.

What is your work philosophy?  Do what you love and love what you do.

Do you have a favorite project & why?  Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  Veterans Hospital: passing out flags & letters from customers..

Any advice for new NIFDA Members?  Reach out and meet the people.

What is the best thing about your job?  The People.

Flag & Banner Company
5450 Lafayette Rd., Indianapolis, Indiana 46254
(317) 299-4880
Karen@Fabco-USA.com
www.flagandbannerindy.com

Member Spotlight :: Volunteer Flag and Safety

Member Spotlight


Volunteer Flag and Safety
312 East Main Street
Johnson City, TN 37601
Phone: 423-928-1509
www.volunteerflagandsafety.com

NIFDA MEMBER: Anthony Fine

Q. Years in business: 
A. 30 years

Q. Area of expertise: 
A. Applique, large format screen print, car flag poles

Q. Who do you most admire? 
A. Jesus

Q. Are you involved with any charities? 
A. St Jude's motorcycle run, supply flags

Q. What surprises people about you? 
A. I'm a pilot and a pianist

Q. What is your work philosophy? 
A. Honesty, Ethics

Q. Do you have a favorite project, and why? 
A. We make the best TN State flag in the country

Q. What is the best thing about your job? 
A. 'Merica