The Embroidery House Inc/Harwood's Staff

The Embroidery House is grateful to each of our dedicated and capable staff members. Their daily contributions of skill and enthusiasm make our company successful!

Kurt Vander Loon

General SalesKurt Vander Loon

Kurt Vander Loon, with over 20 years experience, enjoys seeing companies like ours, both bigger or smaller, grow through the years. Kurt particularly takes pleasure in assisting them with marketing efforts that make a difference.

Kurt is grateful the Embroidery House has been blessed as a company. His father Henry Vander Loon started the business in 1978 because he lost his job but, little did he know, that he would start a legacy for his family. Over the years since its beginning, it has grown from a small home business as Vander Loon Sales to Sports Time, to Embroidery House, to the current The Embroidery House - Harwood Printing and Advertising Inc.

Through phases of buying and selling companies, merging, and other changes, what has come out of it all is now a company that serves its customers as a full-service provider, partnering with other businesses to promote their growth and development.

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Ben Van Kammen

General Account Executive/Office Manager

Ben Van Kammen is one of the sales associates at the Embroidery House. He will be celebrating his 11th year with the company.

Before coming to The Embroidery House, Ben had been in the printing industry for most of his career. When The Embroidery House purchased Harwood's Printing a few years back, it was a chance for him to get back into printing. With his personal experience in the industry, it has been a great opportunity to move the company forward into this area. We can now offer this service not only to our current clients, but can offer this to our new clients as well. Along with embroidery, screen printing, and promotional products we can be your one source for ALL your business needs.

Ben and his wife are natives to the West Michigan area. They have been married for 23 years and have been blessed with two great young sons. They worship regularly at First Byron Center CRC and are very active in their church.

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Trish Vander Loon

General Sales Account Executive, License Holders, Calendars
(including Farm Bureau)Trish Vander Loon

As the Embroidery House's Sales and Account Executive and long time customer service professional, Trish has taken over many of the calendar, printing and promotional products accounts from Harwood Printing and advertising. She finds great success personalizing promotions that work for her clients. Trish loves going to work for her clients and making a difference.

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Derek Stark

Derek StarkGeneral Sales Executive, Boy Scout Accounts, Paint Promo Products

Derek has been with The Embroidery House for four plus years and brings a talent for partnership with him. After many years of Retail Management he brings a fine skill of customer service to our company.

He has been instrumental in developing our BSA licensed program allowing us to serve Boy Scouts groups across the country by providing Patches and other items to promote their program. He himself is an Eagle Scout and dedicated volunteer in our local BSA Council. He has numerous recognitions for his service the youth of our community such as Silver Beaver and The OA Centurion Award among them. 

For integrity and a Do My Best approached to his clients, he is a welcome addition to our team.

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Dollie Knott

Dollie KnottAccounts Payable/Receivable, Contract Embroidery

God called Dollie to West Michigan in 2002 from the East side of the state. At that time she married her husband Kevin after being widowed for some time. They have been blessed with two children, 7 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. She is grateful for her family and church.

Having 30 years of experience in bookkeeping, business management, Dollie felt The Embroidery House was a great fit for her career. After being here for a few years she began job sharing with myself, doing bookkeeping part-time and then moving into managing the embroidery room. She started learning how to digitize small designs and found it very fulfilling to use her creative side, too.

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Leslie Sheldon

Order Entry, Contract Screen PrintingLeslie Sheldon

Leslie has lived in the Grand Rapids area her whole life. She brings 30 years of customer service experience, account management and purchasing to The Embroidery House. Leslie has worked in different industries such as textiles, furniture and automotive. She is very excited to be working in this position and learning more about the company.

She has 2 children and 2 grandchildren.

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