What Makes the Great Race Great?

 

“Just got your German Team up and going again. Float needle fell out due to the retaining pin coming out. Might check the torque on it tonight. Good Luck!”

CEO GroupeSTAHL Europe CEO Thomas Karr and his son Benjamin, also known as "The Germans" were lucky to have received help from Richard Mercer today. Thank you again Richard!

CEO GroupeSTAHL Europe CEO Thomas Karr and his son Benjamin, also known as “The Germans” were lucky to have received help from Richard Mercer today. Thank you again Richard!

Richard Mercer left this post on the Spirit of Stahls’ Facebook page along with a picture of Thomas Karr and his son Benjamin. Thanks for lending a hand Richard. You embody what the Great Race is all about–the people. It’s not about what place you’re in or how well you finished the course on any given day. Sure, it’s fun to beat the clock, but even the 1st place leader would agree with me that the thing that makes the Great Race special is the people you meet along the way. They’re not only friendly, many of them are very funny, like John Corey. John is writing a blog about his Great Race adventure and we dare you to read his post from June 23rd and not laugh out loud. Today Mary and I also had the opportunity to meet a very special family through the Great Race. As you might remember, we invited customers for the chance to experience a ride-along for half a day along the route. We did this last year for the first time and really enjoyed getting to know people from three different heat printing

Jessica sent us this photo of herself heat printing. She has really helped to grow the team jersey side of the business since purchasing a heat press and cutter. Congratulations on the success of your business, Mary and I were truly impressed with the way you have grown your sales.

Jessica sent us this photo of herself heat printing. She has really helped to grow the team jersey side of the business since purchasing a heat press and cutter. Congratulations on the success of your business, Mary and I were truly impressed with the way you have grown your sales.

companies. This year we also had three companies signed up but since our Auburn took itself out of the race earlier this week, we had no choice but to cancel the ride-alongs. (We hope to make it up to you all next year!). However Jessica and her mother Melissa (and we met her grandparents too!), were able to still meet with us despite the fact that we weren’t able to treat them to a ride-along.  They drove in from Kentucky, where their personalization business, Rockcastle Screen Printing and Embroidery, is located. For over 16 years Rockcastle has provided the community of Mount Vernon, Kentucky with expert screen printing and embroidery. However when a customer asked if they could also print team jerseys, Jessica answered “YES” without missing a beat.  Even though she had never numbered a jersey before, she turned to her contacts in the world of embroidery and was referred to Stahls’. After purchasing a

Thanks for coming to visit with the Spirit of Stahls' teams in Elizabethtown Jessica and Melissa. It was a pleasure meeting you all.

Thanks for coming to visit with the Spirit of Stahls’ teams in Elizabethtown Jessica and Melissa. It was a pleasure meeting you all.

heat press, Jessica was able to add names and numbers to those jerseys and hasn’t stopped since. She’s taught herself how to use the cutter, the necessary graphics software and can profitably produce just about any custom item. Mary reminded me that she also really loves using our GlitterFlake. This is truly a story of cross-over expansion (crossing over into heat printing) that we often talk about and encourage but here is living proof! Jessica doesn’t even look old enough to operate a heat press let alone grow the family business but she is doing so by leaps and bounds. Thank you again for taking the time to speak with us, it was a pleasure meeting you, your mother Melissa and your grandparents. We hope you got some good pictures of the cars!

Welcome Trevor Stahl. Trevor lives on the East Coast and we haven't seen him since Christmas.

Welcome Trevor Stahl. Trevor lives on the East Coast and we haven’t seen him since Christmas.

The views from the ferry to Portsmouth were breathtaking. We are grateful to be able to experience all the beauty of these  United States.

The views from the ferry to Portsmouth were breathtaking. We are grateful to be able to experience all the beauty of these United States.

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Son Trevor Stahl has joined his brothers Dan and Brett for a leg of the trip. Welcome to the team!

Son Trevor Stahl has joined his brothers Dan and Brett for a leg of the trip. Welcome to the team!

 

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