When I first founded Global Threads LLC, my vision was to create a custom print business that supported universities and companies in brand promotion. After a successful launch at my alma mater, Gonzaga University, producing apparel for their extensive study abroad programs, my next step was to expand to my former high school: Bothell High School (BHS) in Washington state. Specifically, I wanted to reach their football program, which has been a long-standing staple and tradition in my hometown.
In 2014, I arranged a meeting with my former Bothell High School football coach, Tom Bainter, to introduce Global Threads and to pitch my idea of collaboration. As a college student with limited business experience and professional guidance, I entered the meeting slightly unprepared. Sporting flip flops, khakis, and a t-shirt with a few sample products from my work at Gonzaga in hand, I casually made the informal pitch to my longtime mentor and friend. Although I had the best intentions, my lack of experience and overall direction lead to an unclear business proposal and ultimately, costed me the deal. While at the time a huge disappointment, this setback created a significant chain of events and was a turning point for Global Threads. Determined to improve my business practices and to partner with Bothell Football one day, I set off to expand my company.
Fast forward four years and Global Threads has become a bigger custom apparel business—one that I knew it could be from the start. Global Threads was born in Spokane, Washington (Gonzaga University), created its headquarters in Dallas, Texas, and now has expanded its clientele in cities across the world. With the help of several strategic partnerships including University of Tulsa, and Nordstrom, Global Threads has been able to build an impressive client list while simultaneously maintaining loyalty to our customers and their communities. Creating high quality merchandise and quick turnarounds while keeping our client’s best interest in mind are our highest priorities.
Last week, I finally got the call I’ve been waiting for since Global Thread’s inception. It was Coach Bainter wanting shirts for their upcoming football camp. Global Threads got to work instantly and within a few days had produced a unique design perfect for Bothell High School’s 2017 “Camp Bothellhood”. This deal taught me an important lesson, one that will continue to drive the bottom line at Global Threads for years to come: stay persistent; be passionate about your potential clients and their needs and work hard every single day. If you do, some pretty special things can happen.
I tried selling to Bothell High School three years ago and the deal fell through. Today, Bothell football players are sporting Camp Bothellhood shirts, designed and curated by Global Threads. This collaboration has been a longtime coming and I couldn’t be prouder to play a small part in Bothell’s upcoming football season.
Good luck to all the coaches and to the Bothell High School football team in their upcoming 2017 football season! Also, a huge shout out to former Bothell football players and longtime friends Bobby Gannon and Michael Hartvigson for their participation.
All of us celebrating after defeating Skyline in 2009 Kingco Championship game.
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