Our Team & Vision
Once upon a time, in 2006, we recognised that digital technology would be the future of printing, and so Print Storm was established in Gulgong that very year. Since then we’ve come a long way (all the way to Mudgee!) We now provide our products and services to a customer base from all over Australia.
Print Storm houses a small team of skilled, vibrant, enthusiastic and motivated graphic designers and print experts that work closely with you to deliver awesome results for your business. Whether you’re after a new logo, a whole new brand or a bit of business stationary designed for your office, Print Storm can provide what you want, quickly and cost effectively.
Paul, or as known to some, ‘The Wolf”, is Managing Director and once upon a time wanted to be an astronaut. He hasn’t made it to space yet but he is an entrepreneurial fellow who established Print Storm from the ground up. This is, of course, after setting up his first web design business at the tender age of 12.
But Paul’s achievements don’t stop there. For those of you who don’t know, Paul is Mudgee’s Deputy Mayor, which he became after just one short year of being on council. He also fights fires and trains others to do the same. And he’s got a pilot license and a thing for Indian food.
Paul could be one of the most down-to-earth guys you’ll ever meet, we put that down to his realism. He once told us that the stars people wish upon are usually dead.
Todd’s been struggling with a chocolate addiction his whole life but we like to think his dedication to the Print Storm business is what has kept him on the straight and narrow.
Print Storm has known Todd since the day dot when it was just him, Paul, a printer and a few reams of paper. He is the main multimedia man behind the curtains, taking on both graphic and web design jobs to impress the bejesus out of clients.
Todd spends his time away from software doing fun things like jet skiing and scuba diving. He has a young daughter who he deems to be “the best kid in the world”. He also likes to travel and once received a Humanitarian Award for saving an old lady from a fire. I know, right.
Oh, and he really hates his girlfriend’s cat.
Yui is our Design Team Leader and has a first name as adorable as her childhood dream to grow up to become a puppy. Funnily, her quirks followed her into her adulthood where she plays Fantasy Football against her husband and brother-in-law – and also walks her cats.
With a knack for making things look good, Yui took a Diploma in Graphic Design and worked as a Graphic Designer for four years before coming to Print Storm.
But Yui doesn’t just create nice things (like the artwork she had displayed at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane), she likes to do them too. She tries to spend as much time as she can with her ageing Asian parents, she “goes witnessing” on weekends and she has an ambition to help and support people in need.
It’s worth mentioning that having been born in Japan but raised in Australia, Yui still speaks fluent Japanese.
Dedicated mother of three, on top of being a squash devotee, Jayne is our trusty Finishing & Despatch Manager. Super approachable and always up for a chat, Jayne is a red-wine loving, dark-chocolate eating, absolute delight to be around.
With an abundance of experience in management, her organisational and bookkeeping skills are what help keep the ins and outs of Print Storm on game.
On the weekends you’ll find her trying to get away on getaways. This mostly means going on long walks in the bush but she also likes to camp under the stars and attend music concerts she can chill the heck out at.
Jayne also uses her positive attitude and people skills to sell health and beauty products as an Independent Consultant. We like having Jayne around, she brightens up all despatch processes.
On top of being an all-round good bloke, Mick is Print Storm’s resident “Printing Machinist”, who also owns a cockatoo named Cheeky.
But Mickey-J isn’t just a bird-loving printing guru, he’s also an engine enthusiast with a particular interest in 60s/70s Chryslers, which saw him convert an old wreck of a ’69 Valiant Coupe into a pristine head-turning machine.
Qualified as a Tradesman Printer and Forklift Operator, he’s spent a most of his professional life in printing, working as a Guillotine Operator as well as in Offset and Letterpress Printing. All the while managing his work/life balance so he had time to eat quality steaks, drink Jack Daniels, play cricket and proudly raise his son.
Mick reckons he’s too old to include major ambitions in his bio, but one thing he does dream about is the day when he can print full colour in one pass.
With 10 years marketing experience, 7 years copywriting experience and a new wealth of printing experience, Jess is well positioned to hold the slashy title of Community Manager/Copywriter/Administration Coordinator. But you can just call her Jess.
When Jess isn’t enjoying the comforts of a glass of wine, you’ll usually find her looking for stories for her blog on the outskirts of her comfort zone (see comfortisforwimps.com).
She also writes articles for publications like Vice and Huffington Post, and when she isn’t doing any of the above, she’ll be having a nap or day dreaming about world peace.
Jess loves meeting and talking to new people, but most of her affection is split between two dogs that don’t actually belong to her.
Hayley is Print Storm’s leading lady in Administration. She wanted to be a Police Officer when she was younger and look out, Crime, because she still does. In the meantime though, Hayley is helping Print Storm grow with her Certificate lll in Business and wealth of experience in running a damn fine show in retail.
Although one may think Hayley’s biggest personal achievement is staying away from Coke Zero for a day, she actually says it’s her success in raising a happy child. Between trying to be an awesome mum and playing sport, Hayley tries to spend time with her friends and go on wild crazy adventures of sorts.
Clearly a girl with a soft touch, her ambition is to one day pursue her dream of a career that helps people. And quite frankly, we would love to see our fierce Hayley fighting crime!
Emma is Print Storm’s Team Leader in the “Malteaser Taste Testing Section”. That’s what we let her call herself anyway, we just utilise her excellent skills in signage & large format.
A can-do attitude is what we love about Emma; no sign or banner request is too big or small. She runs the machines like a wizard and is clearly as knowledgeable about sign printing as she is about growing her Dahlias, which she plans to enter in the Gulgong Show to beat all the old ladies.
Emma likes animals but her dream to be a vet ended when she realised she hated studying. Instead, she created a mini zoo for herself on the farm. So now she owns a bunch of four-legged creatures with funny names like Periwinkle and Wally.
Her husband Matt is her besty. They hang out eating cheese and Jatz with Canadian Club and VB.
Jen (or JC if you’re tight with her) is our Sales Manager because she can sell you anything, including all the best reasons to go for Friday drinks. A fine-scotch fan and a food fanatic, she really is great to have around the office (you know, when she’s not gallivanting around Europe taking amazing photos and making everyone jealous).
JC’s a strong character, which is hardly surprising. She did, after all, not only previously succeed in seven years of sales management at Telstra, but she also made it all the way through childhood as the youngest of nine children. Impressed? We are.
On weekends you’ll find Jen having fun, which could be with friends at home or exploring new places she’s never been. She has an ambition to travel the whole world before 40. This is an inspiring goal, and luckily a lot more likely to be hit than her original dream to be a lead singer in a band. Though, we would definitely support that direction too.
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