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Aaron Stout

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Phone: 419.724.4848

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Embroidery Specialist

Aaron brings more than 20 years of experience in screen printing and embroidery to Metzgers. As our Embroidery Specialist, Aaron operates machines to embroider names and decorative designs on garments, household items, and various other promotional products.

Aaron’s hard working attitude, commitment to excellence, and customer oriented mindset provides clients with the highest quality embroidery across a variety of fabrics. He is quoted saying: “It’s more than just a polo to the client.” Giving the client the best possible product and seeing/hearing a positive reaction makes his day. His personable nature and creative problem solving skills make him a great asset to Metzgers and a pleasure to work with.

Name one thing not many people know about you.

I was a JV or Varsity Assistant girls basketball coach for 18 years.

What are your pet peeves?

People who aren’t polite. How hard is it to say “Thank You”?

Who or what inspires you?

Zach Sobiech – After watching “My Last Days: Meet Zach Sobiech and reading his moms book “Fly a Little Higher” I realized that life is truly what you make it. It’s an amazing story about an amazing family.

You wouldn’t be caught dead… where?

In a pickle factor factory. I can’t stand the smell of pickles!

List (8) eight key words that best describe you:

  • Creative
  • Hard Working
  • Loyal
  • Family
  • Helpful
  • Personable
  • Problem Solver
  • Dependable

Eric Leslie

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Phone: 419.861.8611

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LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/eleslie

Chief Technology Officer

Eric is involved in anything at Metzger that involves technology. He oversees all of the servers, computers, and online store management systems.

He started with Metzgers in 1997 and built our first eStore, allowing customers to order printing online before a lot of other printing companies even dreamed of doing that.

Eric may be a self-proclaimed geek, but he has the ability to effectively communicate the technology that we have available to our customers.

"I love to meet with our customers to demonstrate our eServices offerings. I am especially fond of the light bulb moment during a meeting."

Eric attended the Rochester Institute of Technology in their printing management program. His education and and passion for technology has helped get Metzgers to where they are today.

Eric is married to his wife Laura, and shares their house with two fur-children Kala and Teddy.

Get tased or go one round with a boxing champ?

Does playing as Little Mac in Mike Tyson’s Punch Out on the NES (1985ish) count? No? - OK, Can I be Ralph Walton in the match against Aurele “Al” Catoure? (Go ahead… Google it.) Fine… bring on the taser.

How about if I just lay down after they ring the bell? No dice? Rats! 

Who or what inspires you? 

I am inspired by people doing right by others. It doesn’t have to be something major; just treating people right or doing something nice for someone else.

I am also inspired by technology. I love seeing what people come up with and how it can impact and improve our daily lives.

What are your favorite things to do while away from the office?

I am a self-proclaimed workaholic. It is rare that I can be seen without a laptop nearby.

Other than work, I enjoy spending time with my wife at home relaxing and watching tv or with her family at my brother-in-law’s quarry in Luckey, Ohio.

Do you squeeze the toothpaste from the middle or the end?

Neither – My wife and I use the type of Crest bottle that you don’t really squeeze in a particular spot.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? Why?

I really wanted to be a garbage man. I remember being about three years old and riding behind a garbage truck, and I wanted to pull the handle on the side of the truck so bad!

At age 11, when I broke my father’s new computer and figured out how to fix it; I knew that I was destined to work in the technology field.

List (8) eight key words that best describe you:

  • Loyal
  • Friendly
  • Problem Solver
  • GEEK!
  • Workaholic
  • Passionate
  • Trustworthy
  • Outside of the Box

Steve Szirotnyak

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Phone: 419.724.4922

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Cross-Media Designer

Steve brings over 25 years of graphic design experience to Metzgers. His responsibilities as a cross-media designer are to design (or reconfigure) and program print items to allow them to be customized, proofed, and ordered directly from the web by end users.

His attention to detail, editorial skills, and critical eye help provide our clients with the highest quality work and an approximation of the greater audience’s perspective on the client’s bigger picture.

Steve has a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing from Lourdes College. He lives with his wife, Camilla, in a quiet, well-preserved 1930s neighborhood in West Toledo. They dabble in interests like decorative arts (esp. 1920-1950), pre-WWI American literature, and original pressings of be-bop 78s, among numerous other nerdy, low-impact pursuits.

Steve has also been through five classic cars and over fifty vintage guitars.

Name one thing not many people know about you.

All eight of my great-grandparents were born in Austria-Hungary.

Who or what inspires you? 

Family, friends, and all that has not yet been made cheap, tacky or disposable in this world. Anyone or anything escaping the “lowest-common-denominator syndrome.” Celebrities who maintain their dignity (assuming they had any to begin with).

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? Why?

A custom car designer like George Barris or a drummer like Sandy Nelson.

What is one book you believe everyone should own?

A dictionary that gets used.

List (8) eight key words that best describe you:

  • Honesty
  • Integrity
  • Curiosity
  • Individualism
  • Skepticism
  • Objectivism
  • “Menckenism”
  • Melodicism

Kevin Utendorf

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Phone: 419.724.4926

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Cross-Media Designer

Kevin is responsible for programming variable data print pieces, which include medical surveys, postcards, tickets, brochures, and even foam pucks. He graduated from BGSU Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Visual Communication Technology. Kevin’s favorite memory from his time at college was being the Director of Photography for a feature-length film that premiered at BGSU’s Gish theater.

Metzgers was his first job out of college. He found himself intrigued by the unique challenges that variable data work presents. “There are so many moving pieces and parts to larger variable jobs that it requires forethought and understanding of the big picture, while also being able to concentrate on the minute details that can be easily overlooked”, said Kevin about his work. Though his work is quite demanding, the satisfaction from a fully programmed variable data piece that works flawlessly makes it all worth it for him.

Kevin’s positivity during the work day, his interest in the wellbeing of those he works with, and, yes, even his daily puns make Metzgers an even brighter place to work. Some of his interests outside of work include playing video games and surfing Reddit. He's also continuing his education in a master’s program at the University of Toledo. We wish him the best of luck as he does so!

Would you rather skydive, or swim with sharks?

Swim with sharks because I’ve already skydived.

Would you rather get tased or go one round with a boxing champ?

I want to be tased.

I’ve never had the opportunity to be tased and I’m genuinely curious what it’s like.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? Why?

A paleontologist because after rigorous research and debate I’ve come to the conclusion that dinosaurs are cool.

What is one book you believe everyone should own?

You never need to own a book, but if you can borrow a copy of the World War Z audiobook I strongly suggest it.

List (8) eight key words that best describe you:

  • Tall
  • Leader
  • Problem Solver
  • Determined
  • Inquisitive
  • Extrinsically Motivated
  • Empathetic
  • Tall again

Cody Brown

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Phone: 419.724.4849

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LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/cody-brown-472074a2/

Proofing / Publications Editor

Cody was born and raised in Toledo, OH. He studied Marketing at the University of Toledo and proceeded to work in a variety of related positions. His titles included: health insurance broker, marketing communications specialist, and customer service representative. With a passion for local business and strong communication, editing, and design skills, becoming the Proofing/Publications Editor at Metzgers was a natural fit.

Cody holds closely to his strong belief that editing and quality control is the key to producing great work. He has an eye for intuitive content flow and quality design, and is also able to use his strong communication skills to work effectively with team members to get jobs done ASAP.

Coming from a family of 9 siblings, Cody loves spending time with his big family, his long-time girlfriend, Anna, and close friends. His hobbies include backpacking and couch surfing. You will never find him in the same city two weekends in a row.

Would you rather skydive or swim with sharks?

Skydive with sharks. I want to meet those bastards on neutral ground.

What are your pet peeves?

People who frequently mischaracterize momentary or sustained silence as awkward.

ho or what inspires you?

The finite nature of our reality.

What are your favorite things to do while away from the office?

Backpacking and couch surfing. You will never find me in the same city two weekends in a row. I love travelling to see the familiar faces of friends, and encountering new ones along the way.

What is something you have read / heard / been told that has stuck with you?

“Maturity … means finding the courage to live in a world of painful uncertainty without giving into dogma or despair.” – “Why Grow Up?: Subversive Thoughts for an Infantile Age” by Susan Neiman

List (8) eight key words that best describe you:

  • Creative
  • Bona fide
  • Confident
  • Benevolent
  • Care free
  • Boujee
  • Communicative
  • Breezy

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