This is your assurance that your instructor will always be the best available to teach any specialized subject, and that your instructor does not push any brand of equipment. Indeed, owners of any brand of screen printing equipment are welcome
to take Vastex classes. Unlike some classes that are little more than captive sales pitches for equipment and supples, Vastex classes are bonafide educational courses focusing purely on individual screen printing subjects. Vastex
provides the locations and the equipment for hands-on training, and the network that puts you in front of the best independent screen printing instructors in the business.
Douglas Grigar is a Texas State Technical College alumnus, and is known as a Master screen printer, educator, production artist, and separation specialist. He founded a specialty direct marketing T-shirt business, now concentrating on industry educational classes, seminars, and workshops. He also worked as a Graphics System Administrator and ultimately as Pre-Press Production Manager responsible for purchasing, installing and maintaining corporate graphics systems including LANs, servers and printers, and for training of technical, pre-press and graphics personnel over a span of 11 years. He was also the General Manager of Production for an upscale multi-location licensed retailer where he was responsible for scheduling, production, personal, and the company's, manual and automatic presses and related equipment.
Since 2001 Douglas has been an independent consultant to the screen printing trade,
providing graphic services, marketing and sales support, new product testing, and technical training. As an instructor he has developed numerous courses for beginning, intermediate and professional-level screen printers internationally. He assisted with collegiate level curriculum development, and has applied that experience in developing an exceptional training program that is interactive, highly organized, and respected throughout the industry.
A educator for 10 years presenting at the Vastex location, Douglas is a lifetime artist and expert in the major graphics programs utilized by the screen printing industry. He is a full time study on screen printing technology, and continuously updates his educational materials to inform his students of the very latest techniques.
A screen printing consultant for over 30 years, Charlie Taublieb began his career working in shops throughout the US and abroad, and owned an automated screen printing facility in Brooklyn, NY and a screen printing supply house in Denver, CO. He has authored numerous articles for major screen printing publications, and writes a monthly column for Impressions magazine and several magazines around the world. He also conducts seminars and workshops at the Imprinted Sportswear Shows, SGIA Shows, FESPA Shows and several others. Charlie has also been selected to judge screen printed garments at Imprinted Sportswear Shows
and the SGIA Shows numerous times.
Charlie studied drawing, painting and printmaking at Western Michigan University where he received a BS in Fine Art. He brings a unique perspective to Vastex University that not only teaches intermediate to advanced screen printers the artistic side of creating hot-selling graphics, but also the practical side of producing them efficiently in one to 10 colors using high performance inks and printing techniques.
Greg Kitson founded Mind's Eye Graphics, Decatur, IN, in 1978, and built the company from a back room start-up to a 22,000 sq. ft. operation providing custom and contract screen printing to decorated apparel professionals worldwide. This 34-year industry veteran has been a lecturer, and regular contributor to screen printing publications since 1990.
Greg's track record makes him uniquely qualified to instruct screen printers of all skill levels,
on how to build an enormously successful screen-printing business. His step-by-step, how-to approach covers all essential aspects of building your business. From finance and marketing to artwork and printing, Greg provides intermediate to advanced Vastex students the proven business building knowledge that would take a lifetime of experience to acquire.
Jeff Proctor has been involved in the screen printing industry since he began as a textile printer in 1977. Since then he has held management positions in production and sales for Advance Process Supply Company, Wilflex Inks, Full Line Distributors and Union Ink Company. He is also an independent Technical Sales Representative for Lancer Group International, manufacturer of Excalibur inks.
Proctor is a regular contributor of articles to industry trade publications, and lecturer at
Imprinted Sportswear Shows and other industry events. He excels in solving technical problems for screen printers, and is now sharing his in depth printing expertise with students who register for his highly informative classes at Vastex University. With Jeff you will learn many tricks of the trade spanning the production and sales ends of the screen printing business, and return to your business with profitable new skills.
Successful business owner, prolific author and high-profile lecturer, Richard Greaves has been at the forefront of screen printing since 1979. He started at Eder Manufacturing, Milwaukee, WI, printing custom flags and T-shirts for the ad-specialty industry, and in 1982 manufactured private label shirts for major brands with his partner Jeffrey Gitomer at Shadow Graphics and United Shirts Of America, whose specialty was four color process printing, and printing on sleeves before they were sewn.
For Stretch Devices, Philadelphia, PA, he educated the industry on the benefits of the company's high tension Newman Roller Frame, and was instrumental in developing the mesh tension charts still in use today.
A co founder of the American Institute of Screen Printing at Daulton Imprints in Hickory, NC, Richard has written hundreds of articles and the book "The 54 Variables of Screen Printing." He's spoken extensively at Printwear, Imprinted Sportswear shows and virtually every SGIA Convention since 1984, as well as in 65 USA cities with the Stahls' University tour, speaking on "How to Use a Computer in the Art Room" and "Screen Printing Troubleshooting."
In January 1986, he began Screen Printing Magazines "Greaves On Garments" column, which ran for nine years. From 1995-2000 he was the technical editor of Printwear magazine. Greaves was inducted into the SGIA Academy of Screen Printing Technology in 2000 where he is on the Technical Guidebook Review Committee and is Head of the Library Committee.
From 1987-2000, Greaves worked as an independent consultant, specializing in pre-press and shop systems. As a consultant to printers in England, France, Fiji, Canada, Norway, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico and Colombia, he's helped design business and technical systems to increase production, improve computer systems, create training programs, and enhance quality control programs for all phases of screen printing. After serving Lawson Screen Products, Richard joined Ulano Corp, Brooklyn, NY in 2005 as Technical Product Manager.
The recipient of enough industry awards to fill this page, Richard is a screen printing icon who is now accessible to you through Vastex University.