Meet Our Team

Vince Collyer

General Manager

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Why I’m At VBS T-Shirts: There’s a long list of reasons why I love working at VBS T-Shirts, but by far the biggest one is making someone’s day. Whether that’s fulfilling an order a few days earlier than expected, or starting from their new idea and constructing an amazing design that they love, it means the world to me when they have a great experience with us.

 

What Makes Me Smile: My family, faith, and friends bring me the most happiness. More specifically, I’m a sucker for a clean, crisp logo or font!

 

What Bugs Me: Bad customer service frustrates me! I do all I can to treat everyone the way I would want to be treated.

 

Where I’m From: I’m a unique blend of Filipino, Irish, Spanish, and Chinese born and raised in the San Fernando Valley.

 

Stuff I Like: When I’m not making Adobe® Illustrator® bend to my will, I coach Basketball at St. Genevieve High School in Panorama City, my High School Alma Mater. I can enjoy almost every music style, as long as I can bob my head to it. I’m a sold-out L.A. Lakers fan by day, and a die-hard L.A. Lakers fan by night.

Karen Kick

Customer Service

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Why I’m At VBS T-Shirts: I love the people who work here. Each one has an awesome work effort and truly loves the Lord. Of course they’re all kids compared to me. Their abilities to Google stuff never ceases to amaze me. I love our amazing customers too. They’re always so excited about their upcoming VBS and new shirts. It’s a joy to share a little bit of their love for ministries.

 

What Makes Me Smile: My children, grandchildren, and my husband of 49 years. I come from a large family with lots of cousins. I love getting together with them, laughing and sharing memories. A green freshly mowed lawn on a sunny day also makes me grin.

 

What Bugs Me: California’s drought turned my green lawn brown. Mowing it just kicks up dust that gets everywhere. That makes me sad.

 

Where I’m From: I still live and work where I was born and raised – the San Fernando Valley. That makes me easy to track on ancestry. I was schooled as a dental assistant, but when I became a mother, I was a homemaker until they got older. I then worked with my husband at our auto repair shop, and now I get to work for my son.

 

Stuff I Like: I love to scrapbook the smiles and memories of life with my 7 beautiful grandchildren. Chocolate is my guilty pleasure.

Jay Carrier

Customer Service Designer

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Why I’m At VBS T-Shirts: I love designing, helping people, and working in the T-shirt world, everyday! I also have a cool little basketball hoop in the office!

 

What Makes Me Smile: Jesus. My Wife. My Brothers. Photos. Cabins. Nature. Quality branding. And a good cup of coffee.

 

What Bugs Me: Bullying. Fear. Depression. Procrastination, perfectionism, and paralysis by analysis. Cold hands. Cold feet. Just being cold, period.

 

Where I’m From: I was brought up in the wooded foothills of western Maine’s mountains in a small paper mill town.

 

Stuff I like: Watching a good movie. Looking through photo’s in Dwell or Sunset. Pinterest. Church/Worship. The Gym. March Madness. The Patriots. Photography. Coffee. Camping. The Great Outdoors.

Tiffany Shin

Customer Service Designer

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Why I’m At VBS T-Shirts: Serving is one of my so-called love languages, so I love the serving aspect most about VBS T-Shirts. It feels great to help out even when I haven’t been asked. I also love working with the team here at VBS T-Shirts. They feel like a second family away from home.

 

What Makes Me Smile: Dark chocolate is something that always makes me happy!

 

What Bugs Me: L.A. TRAFFIC!! But more seriously, I’m frustrated with the levels of abandonment I see in the world today, especially with the homeless and animals. My pastor once shared a story of a homeless man near our church who wanted to return home to his family. He had kept his dad’s cell phone number. My pastor called the number but it had been changed. This father changed his number and never let his own son know.

 

Where I’m From: Westminster, Colorado is where I was born and raised. My family is from both divisions of Korea. I grew up wanting to become a vet. But one day I realized I didn’t have the stomach for surgery. So I switched focus and got a bachelor of art and design instead!

 

Stuff I Like: GAMES! All Games. Cards, boards, video games, whatever. Mostly video games though. Crafting, XD Drawing, and origami are fun too. Also love jamming out on the piano with my praise team!

Freddy Martin

Marketing Director

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Why I’m At VBS T-Shirts: First, storytelling is my passion. Second, I love getting the word out about cool things. Put those two together and I’m here to tell the story of the awesome stuff VBS T-Shirts does for churches and ministries!

 

What Makes Me Smile: God’s amazing grace and mercy. Amazing wife. Gifted kids. Enormous family. Encouraging friends. Powerful music. Amazing stories. Mid-century modern. Disneyland.

 

What Bugs Me: I can’t understood a lack of forgiveness for the mistakes of others. If I drop the ball, I expect the consequences, but hope for forgiveness. When I meet people who don’t give others the benefit of the doubt… I honk at them loudly.

 

Where I’m From: I was a kid in Southern California. I was a teen and young adult in Oregon. I’ve worked in entertainment, advertising, and communications. A huge chunk of my career was in marketing at Children’s Hunger Fund. Serving ministries and churches is my DNA.

 

Stuff I Like: Travel, fundraising, U2, early Christian alt-rock, Disneyland, college as an adult, father/child campouts, making old men cry.

 

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Andy Hsiau

Customer Service Designer

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Why I’m At MinistryGear: I love the Team atmosphere, The Challenge of being creative and realizing the vision of our customers. Working at Impact shirts allows me to serve those who serve others.

 

What Makes Me Grin: I’m happy when I’m with my friends and family. I enjoy spending time and relaxing with my wife. I’m happy when I see my friends and family experience freedom and joy in their life.

 

What Gets Under My Skin: I’m sad when others are struggling and experiencing low times in their life.

 

Where I Came From: I came to the US when I was 5 years old from Taiwan. I have a background in fine arts and illustration.

 

Ask Me About: Basketball. The Lakers. Strictly nerdy things like Dungeons and Dragons, Warhammer, Tabletop Models, and Lord of the Rings. Anime.

Don Kick

President

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Why I’m At MinistryGear: My friend and I started MinistryGear in 1993 to serve pastors and their ministries.  I am passionate about using my gifts to serve the church and get excited at the prospect of being able to assist these front line workers who are spreading the love of Jesus.

 

What Makes Me Grin: My wife and kids, meaningful conversation, great friends, freedom, surfing with my family, craftsman architecture, underdog victories, and the fun group of amazing people I get to work with here.

 

What Gets Under My Skin: Mean people, Dishonesty, Short Sightedness.  Poor customer service really drives me crazy, serving others can bring so much joy, yet it’s often not valued.

 

Where I Came From: I was born and raised in Southern California and I still live within 7 miles of where I grew up.  I love to create and build things and have started 10 businesses since I was 13 years old.

 

Ask Me About: How the surf was today, or anything to do with Craftsman architecture and furniture.