Living abroad made Maureen Christopher and business partner Marty Taylor realize the power of American entrepreneurship.
So, when Christopher returned to Colorado Springs, she and Taylor wasted no time starting their own business, Tayco Screen Printing & Embroidery.
That was 27 years ago, and the business has since made a name for itself putting logos and names on shirts, hats, jackets and just about any other article of clothing.
Christopher said Tayco has established a reputation as the “artistic” printer, something the Denver Broncos took note of when the team won back-to-back Super Bowls and signed a deal with Tayco to print their “official” NFL paraphernalia.
Christopher took time recently to tell CSBJ about herself and her business.
Name: Maureen Ann Christopher
Organization: Tayco Screen Printing & Embroidery Inc.
Position: Vice president
Hometown: Colorado Springs.
How long have I lived here: All my life, except college and Europe for two years.
Recent accomplishments: I was a member of the first group of women that was asked to join Winter Nights and was the first woman to be president of the Colorado Springs Executive Association. I am past president and board member of the Colorado Springs Dance Theatre. I was on the original ethics committee at Memorial Hospital and am the president of the Independence Center.
Biggest career break: Keeping a small business alive.
The toughest part of my job: Managing employees.
Someone I admire: Worldwide, that would be the Dalai Lama and Lance Armstrong. In Colorado Springs: Nancy Salzman, Susan Greene, and Paulette and David Greenberg.
About your Family: Well, my dad, Angelo Antonio Cristofero, is a very colorful, full-blooded Italian. My grandparents came from Italy, and my father lives here with his wife Georgie.
He was recently recognized by LULAC as an “activist” for the underprivileged in this city. He also was vice president of Pikes Peak Community College and started Regis University in Colorado Springs.
My mother passed away a year ago. She was a teacher for District 11 for 36 years and was also very involved with Girl Scouts.
My two older brothers Tom and Steve live here as well as my sister Therese and her husband, Alan.
Something else you would like to accomplish: Play the piano again.
How my business will change in the next decade: More business done through the Internet.
What book are you currently reading: My dear friends in Europe sent it to me recently for my birthday – "Selling for Dummies." They own a multi-million dollar computer company, which they started at the same time we started Tayco. So coming from this source, I highly recommend it for all business folks.
What is the one thing you would change about Colorado Springs: Everything but the natural beauty.