MEET THE MARK-IT
Running a shop this awesome is no small feat. We couldn't do it without each one of these one-of-a-kind team members.
OWNER / MANAGER / DESIGNER
The shop's fearless leader, Jeff, hails locally from Cross Keys, Virginia. He is a graduate of Spotswood High School and holds a BFA in graphic design from James Madison University. Jeff has over a decade of apparel design experience and in his spare time, enjoys creating art, watching live music, and climbing mountains. He and his wife Emily have 2 children: Afton and David.
OWNER / EMBROIDERER
Susie has been a co-owner and mainstay of the Mark-It since October of 2010. You have her to thank for just about anything you've had embroidered here at the shop! She grew up in Waynesboro, VA and moved to Harrisonburg 26 years ago. Susie and her husband Marty own a turkey/beef cattle farm and have three kids: Logan & Seth who also own a turkey farm, and Kelsi, a Junior in High School.
JOSE EDGUIN AYALA
SCREEN PRINTER / FIXER OF THINGS
Working at the Mark-It since 2002, Edwin is the longest-standing employee at the shop. He's our go-to guy for technical screen printing questions, quick fixes of broken things, and candid movie/anime reviews and recommendations. Edwin's home town is San Sebastian, El Salvador. In his spare time, he enjoys keeping a saltwater fish tank, playing soccer, fishing, and spending time with his wife, son, and daughter.
SCREEN PRINTER / INK MASTER
The moon is her hometown. The screen printing floor is her domain. She enjoys short jokes, dogs, cats, wood dust, printmaking, & plants. This is who we can thank for all of the beautiful green plant life around the shop that cleans the air and keeps the place feeling lively! Eirotropot is also a prolific and talented artist who regularly graces the city of Harrisonburg with beautiful murals and art exhbitions.
LASER TECHNICIAN / SCREEN PRINTER
Praveen is the mastermind behind the laser machine, and he is one of our incredible screen printers as well. Praveen's home town is Kathmandu, Nepal. He plays guitar in a heavy metal band called Earthling (a local favorite) that tours all over the states once or twice a year. He also enjoys cooking Nepali cuisine at home and watching European club soccer--he hasn't missed a Manchester United game since 1999! Praveen can speak, read, & write in three languages: English, Nepali, & Hindi.
OPERATIONS MANAGER / DESIGNER
Valerie helps to run operations around the shop, starting with customer service and continuing through to the ordering, scheduling, and artwork prep stages. She was born in Richmond, VA and came to Harrisonburg in 2011 to attend James Madison University. Ever since graduating in 2015, Valerie has been working here at the shop and loving life in the Shenandoah Valley with her husband Taylor. She enjoys making music, gardening, hiking, and doing freelance graphic design work.
OPERATIONS / EMBROIDERER
There's no telling what Catherine will be up to on any given day at the Mark-It... she might be taking phone calls, organizing invoices, sorting shirts, or running the embroidery machine. Catherine's hometown is Weyers Cave, Virginia. Her hobbies include consuming content (books, TV, movies, the Internet) and finding ways to use the crafting supplies she owns.
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT / NEIL
Definitely in the running for coolest employee, Neil holds down all kinds of different tasks on the production floor -- from cleaning screens to sorting orders to printing tees. He is from Staunton, Virginia and his hobbies & interests include Rock and/or Roll. Neil is a dog person.