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Graphic Designer: Jennie Gills

By on Jun 12, 2018 in Staff Spotlight |

Another day, another talented teammate!

Please say “Hi” to Jennie Gills, one of our awesome Graphic Designers at Venezie Sporting Goods! Born and raised in Grove City, PA, Jennie is a 2008 graduate of Grove City High School. It was here that she discovered a passion for design, taking a visual communications course while in school. She then went on to enroll in The Art Institute of Pittsburgh‘s online division in 2012 and received her Associate’s Degree in 2015.

Just like some of her fellow employees, she worked at Izzo’s Embroidery & Screen Printing. After working there for about a year, Venezie’s was thrilled to be able to bring her talent to the “drawing table” after joining forces with Izzo’s screen printing sector.

In addition to designing the artwork for tee shirts, Jennie has helped streamline the steps in the production process and often provide educated decisions on retail apparel choices and designs; she even gets down and dirty refilling the printer inks and troubleshooting when needed.  Even more, she is always open to speaking with a customer or bringing them back to her desk to lay out specific details on their designs to ensure she can bring their vision to life!

I enjoy the challenge of each new job that comes in. I like most of the jobs that I work on; my recent favorite was to recreate someone’s face. It took a little effort, but the end result was worth it.

While it has only been a year since she started working for the store, her keen eye and creative flare continuously make her design work something to be admired!

When asked what she loved most about working at Venezie’s, she recalls the schedule flexibility and the fact they recognize the importance of family obligations or activities. As a busy mom, Jennie is always on the go, and “[she] loves that they understand I have kids who come first.”

After a day of designing, most of her spare time is spent engaged in her kids’ activities. While she likes to box and run, she is also actively involved in other sports, cheering on her kids during dance, gymnastics, and wrestling in her hometown, where she resides. Jennie currently manages her son’s baseball team and assists her daughter’s tee ball team. When the diamond dust settles down, Jennie trades the baseball cleats for the soccer cleats, coaching their soccer team come Fall. Being Secretary to the wrestling boosters will also be an added title of hers! While most days consist of running from one thing to the next, Jennie finds joy in being a part of the kids’ activities and staying involved in the community; all of which are endlessly rewarding.

Jennie, you rock! From your Venezie family, THANK YOU!