Meet Our Team

Vincent Collyer

General Manager

Vince@impactshirts.com

 

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.

Brian Szafran

Customer Service Designer/Logistics Lead

Brian@ImpactShirts.com

 

Why I’m At MinistryGear: God is so deep at work in so many churches and schools and organizations and He allows me, through Impact, to play a supporting role. And each person here is unique, gifted and passionate about what they do and they each inspire excellence.

 

What Makes Me Grin: Jesus. My baby girl. My bride. Cooking. Proper grammar. Seeing strangers help one another. Humble confidence. Kindness. New England Patriots. Boston Red Sox.

 

What Gets Under My Skin: Being quick to speak. Being careless with words. High prices on avocados.

 

Where I Came From: Born and raised in Southern California. I went to culinary school and spent time cooking professionally in Boston and Hawaii before coming back home.

 

Ask Me About: My family. Dancing With The Stars. Boy Meets World. Anything food related. Where to get the best hot dog in LA.

Karen Kick

Customer Service

Karen@impactshirts.com

 

Why I’m At MinistryGear: I love the people that work here. Each one loves the Lord and the work ethic is awesome. Of course they are all youngsters compared to me. They never cease to amaze me at their speed in looking up things on the web. Also I love our beautiful customers. They’re excited about their new shirts and the event where they’ll be wearing them. I get to share in a little bit of their loves and ministries.

 

What Makes Me Grin: My husband of 49 years and our children and grandchildren mostly. I also come from a large family and enjoy getting together them and my cousins. We spend a lot of time laughing and sharing memories. A sunny day and a green freshly mowed lawn also make me happy.

 

What Gets Under My Skin: My green lawn is no longer green because of the drought and mowing it just makes dust that gets everywhere. That makes me sad.

 

Where I Came From: Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. Still live and work here. I am easy to track on ancestry. Schooled as a dental assistant. When I became a mother, I was a homemaker while the kids were at home. Then they got older, I worked with my husband, in the office, at our Automotive repair shop, and now work for my son.

 

Ask Me About: I love scrapbooking and have 7 beautiful grandchildren that bless my pages with smiles and memories. My guilty pleasure is chocolate.

Andy Hsiau

Customer Service Designer

Andy@impactshirts.com

 

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.

Tiffany Shin

Customer Service Designer

Tiffany@impactshirts.com

 

Why I’m At MinistryGear: I love the serving aspect most about Ministry Gear. I think it’s one of my so-called love languages because it feels awesome to help out even when not asked. I also love that it feels like a second family away from home working with everyone at Ministry Gear.

 

What Makes Me Grin: Dark chocolate will always makes me happy, haha.

 

What Gets Under My Skin: TRAFFIC!! But on a more serious note, I’d say I’m frustrated with the amount of abandonment regarding animals and the homeless.

 

Where I Came From: Born and raised in Westminster, Colorado. Family from both divisions of Korea. Originally wanted to become a vet and then realized I didn’t have the stomach for surgeries. So did a complete 180 and got a bachelor’s in art and design instead!

 

Ask Me About: ALL THE GAMES! Whether it be cards, boards, and video games. Mostly video games. Drawing, crafting, and origami/papercraft are fun past-times as well. Also love playing the piano and jamming out with my praise team!

Freddy Martin

Marketing Director

Freddy@impactshirts.com

 

Why I’m At MinistryGear: First, I come from a long line of storytellers. Second, I’m good at getting the word out about awesome stuff. Put that together and I’m here to tell the story of the awesome stuff MinistryGear does… great design for great ministries!

 

What Makes Me Grin: Amazing Grace and Mercy. Perfect wife. Talented kids. Huge family. Supportive friends. Great music. Amazing stories. Mid-century cool. Disneyland.

 

What Gets Under My Skin: I’ve never understood a lack of mercy for the mistakes of others. If I drop the ball, I expect the consequences, but hope for forgiveness. When I encounter folks who don’t automatically give others the benefit of the doubt… I honk loudly at them.

 

Where I Came From: Childhood in Southern California. High School and College in Oregon. I’ve spent time in entertainment, advertising, and communications, but a huge chunk of my career was in marketing at Children’s Hunger Fund. Serving ministries and the church is my DNA.

 

Ask Me About: World travel, fundraising, father/child campouts, U2, early Christian alt-rock, Disneyland, finishing college as an adult, making old men cry.

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Araceli

Customer Service Designer

Araceli@ImpactShirts.com

 

Why I’m At MinistryGear: I am blessed to have the opportunity to help spread God’s message through awesome design while working with a team of talented and supportive individuals.

 

What Makes Me Grin: My family, friends, pets, serving in church, traveling, and dancing.

 

What Gets Under My Skin: Unkind people, stray animals, when the Dodgers lose.

 

Where I Came From: Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. I graduated from California State University, Northridge with a bachelor’s in art (Concentration in graphic design).

 

Ask Me About: Scandal, HGTV shows, true crime shows/documentaries, playing guitar, singing in choir, Zumba, and exploring new food spots.

Andrea Cline

Logistics Lead

Andrea@ImpactShirts.com

 

Why I’m At MinistryGear: Love the atmosphere learning about the t-shirt world and the fact that I can wear t-shirts to work!

 

What Makes Me Grin: Jesus. Drums. Live music. Being outdoors. Coffee.

 

What Gets Under My Skin: When people clap on 1 and 3. Being in large crowds of people. Feeling rejected.

 

Where I Came From: I’m originally from Concord, NC (NASCAR!!!). I moved to Los Angeles in 2008 to study drums and music at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, and I ended up staying for good.

 

Ask Me About: Playing drums and just music in general. Listening to podcasts and learning more about my God and Savior Jesus Christ.

Don Kick

President

Don@ImpactShirts.com

 

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.