June 2020 - Kieffer | Starlite

Employee Spotlights | Mark Kubick

Employee Spotlight: Mark Kubick

At Kieffer | Starlite, the success of our company is driven by the passion and dedication of our employees. We pride ourselves on having a work environment where our team can thrive, share ideas, and help us evolve. Our key differentiator is our team and the passion they have to be the best in our industry!

Today our Employee Spotlight showcases Mark Kubick. Known for his dedication and expertise, Mark has been with Kieffer | Starlite for 34 years. He goes above and beyond to deliver outstanding service and receives positive client feedback for the difference he makes for their signage program! Read more about Mark and his experience at Kieffer | Starlite.

Role at Kieffer | Starlite: Designer

What is a typical day for you at Kieffer | Starlite? After working in this business a while a day becomes typical. I start out with the design requests that I know I need to complete for the day, then I get the ones that need to be done during the day that are urgent and I didn’t know about. I like the urgent requests, it breaks up the day and makes it go faster.

What do you enjoy most about Kieffer | Starlite? I enjoy working with our design group/client services & engineering team, I like to say that we are all professionals. I would say that the work atmosphere is informal and easy going and always has been which is why I have been here all these years.

What do you find most challenging about your job? When I start a project I’m given a lot of information, usually but not always. The challenging part is putting it all together into a comprehensive package in the most timely manner possible. I have to keep in mind that this is first a sales presentation, but then a drawing gets reviewed by a lot of other people from Landlords to City’s & finally it will make it’s way to manufacturing, so there has to be enough information to pass all these hurdles.

What do you enjoy in your spare time? When I get spare time I like going to a nature setting for hiking or just hanging out. I also enjoy fishing, horseback riding, gardening & the occasional home improvement projects.

Bucket List Item: I always wanted to visit the great pyramids at Giza in Egypt, for some reason they have always intrigued me.

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Spotlight on Illinois Sign Association’s Board of Directors Appointed Vice President

6.1.20 – Kieffer | Starlite and the Illinois Sign Association is pleased to recognize Henry Van De Werken and his role with ISA as the current Vice President. Henry has served on the ISA board for over eight years and continues to play a vital role within the organization.

Van De Werken, along with the other board members, keeps a pulse on the industry and creates a valuable resource for the industry from solving challenges, education, and lobbying for sign code change. Van De Werken comments, “Serving the Illinois Sign Association in various roles over the years has given me an opportunity to work side-by-side with many talented and passionate sign professionals on worthwhile initiatives, making a positive difference and allowing me to give back to the industry in a meaningful way.”

Van De Werken is the Director of Manufacturing – Sheyboygan for Kieffer | Starlite. His industry knowledge and role in manufacturing management allows for Kieffer | Starlite to continue to set the bar for quality products, along with innovative ways to solve customer needs. The company is honored to have a leader and advocate as part of their team, as he continually makes an impact within their organization.

Russ Salzman, Executive Director for ISA, notes the importance and strength of its committee members. Anyone can join ISA; it is not limited to Illinois companies only, which contributes to membership growth as a result of the strength of our network and committee members. He comments, “Having Henry Van De Werken as part of our executive committee has been integral to the overall strength of ISA. He brings a wealth of knowledge and demonstrates a helpful approach to troubleshooting industry issues. He has been involved with ISA for over 15 years, and we project he will continue to move up within our executive committee.”

About Illinois Sign Association
The Illinois Sign Association is the leading resource for sign, graphics, and visual communication industry professionals in meeting the needs of their clients and the communities they serve. Founded in 1969, and an affiliate of the International Sign Association, ISA is an association comprised of sign companies, sign users, sign supply distributors, sign manufacturers, and manufacturer representatives. All strive to advocate for the industry and to provide the latest information and newest technologies, effective business strategies, and legislative developments that impact the industry.

About Kieffer | Starlite
Kieffer | Starlite is a leading national sign manufacturer and consultant throughout the US, providing quality solutions for a wide range of markets. They have a team comprised of seasoned designers, project managers, engineers, installers, and consultants who are focused on providing the best customer experience in the industry. Supporting signage and branding needs since 1959, they have the expertise you can trust. They also offer signage and lighting maintenance programs locally and nationwide.

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