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Meet Trevor Maxon of Eagle Printing in Tempe

Today we’d like to introduce you to Trevor Maxon.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My story starts at a young age. Like most teens I had not a clue on what I wanted to do with my life. All that I knew is that I wanted to be independent and I wasn’t ready for college. By chance I was invited to take the ASVAB during my senior year in high school. I saw it as an opportunity to get out of class, so I took it. Fortunately for me, I scored high marks, especially in Mechanics. That test opened doors for me to enter the military. I jumped at the opportunity and spent a handful of years in the Air Force. I enlisted in 96 and ended my career in 2005.

During that time I was active duty as well as reserve. When transitioned into civilian life my military career didn’t translate into a civilian job. So, I entered the retail industry in a management roll. It was a good opportunity to showcase my leadership skills and A-type personality. I worked for a handful of large box retailers and ran several stores. In 2003 I had had enough! Retail really works you to the bone and it is not conducive to a good family life. So, I opted for a change. That change came in the form of outside sales. I took a management position with a large alarm company and honed my sales skills. I also learned a good deal about low voltage wiring. I was fortunate enough to work my way up to a GM position. I ended that career in 2008 when I started my first company in the low voltage industry. We held contracts with local internet/TV providers to install, disconnect, engineer, and survey low voltage products. It was a great company and I loved what I did.

Unfortunately, I was not a smart enough business man at the time and had all of my eggs in one basket. Contracts were ended and I was out of work. It forced me to start my second company. I opened a small call center and jumped back into the alarm industry. It was a good way for me to continue to use the skills I had honed over the years. We did okay but ended up crashing and burning. The parent company that we were selling alarms through sold out to a larger company. In conjunction with that the market was crap. No one wanted an alarm because of the rescission. So, what to do??? I didn’t want to go backwards… I refused to go back into the retail industry, and I was pretty burnt out on sales as well as low voltage. I no longer had the revenue stream to get into business for myself so I ended up working with a good friend of mine.

At the time he owned a solar company that serviced the valley. I saw it as a good opportunity to get back on my feet. I ran a marketing team for him as a contractor that flyered homes in the morning and ran a second team that knocked doors in the afternoon. This awarded me with a ton of knowledge about marketing and how it worked. Quickly I became savvy about things like design layouts, different types of printing, response rates, and market interaction. That may sound boring to you, but for me it opened a door to print brokering. I found out that I was good at it and took a leap of faith. That leap ended my time in the solar industry and turned into the business that I have today. I didn’t know it at the time, but all of the career moves and all different fields of work would shape me to find my calling. I NEVER in a million years thought that I would be a printer. It came to me over a hard traveled path with no idea that it would end up this way.

In 2011 I quit working with my friend and started working from home brokering printing products. I quickly opened a small office in Tempe and grew fast. In a little over a year I had a storefront and acquired equipment to start producing my own product. This allowed me to lower my costing, control quality, and improve turnaround time. As I continued to grow and expand I ran out of room and had to rent a 2nd office space along with the storefront. I continue to purchase equipment and eventually expand to where we are today. We opened the doors to our existing storefront in Tempe on 2016.

Through all of the ups and downs, success and failure, I have learned many important things. I have found that I love serving others. I find joy in our ability to help other business owners grow their company through our product and services. We get to see how their success helps grow and support their business, their employees, and their family. I have found that people still like to interact with others. It’s not always about what you can find online, but how you are treated. It is important to listen to their story and learn how you can serve them best. I have also found having success isn’t always about money. I find joy in teaching my children about the business and involving them in it. They learn things like integrity, hard work, dedication, and much more. We are a family owned business, we are a Veteran owned business, and we hope to be your business when it comes to printing.

Please tell us about Eagle Printing.
We primarily service business owners. We offer 4 different product lines. The first is standard printing – business cards, flyers, door hangers, etc. The second is sign making – banners, window vinyl, a-frames, etc.. The third is apparel printing – embroidery, screen printing, heat press. The last is promotional items – table cloths, show booths, pens, etc. All of this is supported by our in-house graphic design. We are your one stop shop for all of your printing needs.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
Nothing! My failures are just as important as my success. There is a great saying that I have up in my office. It says, “I am the only problem I will ever have, and I am the only solution.” I find it to be quite fitting.

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