Every Champion deserves their reward
By Katelynn Thys
MUNCIE, INDIANA (NEWS) - Champions come in all different shapes and sizes, as well as their trophies. Being surrounded by positivity and priceless expressions of joy is what made Joey Stull realize his passion in life.
“When it comes to awards, we’re in a business that rewards people,” Stull, owner of Champion Awards and Trophies said.
Even after working 70 to 90 hours a week, sometimes his wife still has to tell him to come home.
Stull has a degree in aquatics from Ball State and also works as a high school basketball official, but the company he bought 2 years ago, is where he finds his true joy.
“I just love what I do,” he said. “I can’t wait to get to work every day.”
Stull had just moved back from working at the University of Tennessee, when he began working for the father and son duo that previously owned the company. He worked there for merely three years before taking over the business. At that time the company had only 1 other employee besides Stull.
Last year the business moved to 5200 North Wheeling after being in a need for more space. Now he is able to show off his full showroom with officials, empire gear, and the works. Even when the recession hit, business didn’t slow. Between Ball state awards, little leagues, and central high school work rarely slows down.
“I’m at a place that I need to hire someone, I just can’t afford to with the new Obamacare laws,” he said.
Stull does all the production and designs of the orders. Using Adobe Illustrator he creates a specific design, with pictures and logos that the customers request. Being able to advertise properly is a challenge Stull is hoping to overcome.
“You don’t just drive down the road and say hey lets go check out the awards and banners, they have to have a specific reason,” Stull said.
The company offers so much more than just awards and trophies: Engravings, plaques, t-shirts, car graphics or just about anything a customer asks, they find a way to make it happen. Champion Awards and Trophies have been keeping up with technological advances since 1987.
They are now able to do sublimation printing, which entails taking a full color photograph and printing it items. They have printed on book bags, iPhone cases, barbeque sets, and still able to keep the vibrant colors and high quality that was in the original photograph.
“There just isn’t a business we can’t provide services for,” Stull said.
Even when working on memorials, watching his customers faces’ to see that smile emerge after they see what he has created for them, gets him up every morning, striving to bring that joy to the community around him.