Angela Chryplewicz has achieved a satisfying balance between family and work by purposely building her career within her own family-owned and operated business. And her working life is all the more enjoyable since her company moved to an inspiring new location in the Southfield City Centre.
Chryplewicz is co-owner and CEO of Lasting Impressions, a promotional marketing company she runs with her sister Carla Ejaz and their lifelong family friend Jeff Nowaske. Together they create branded marketing solutions for corporations, sports teams, restaurants, and others, finding new and interesting ways for their to imprint clients’ logos and identities on mugs, t-shirts, and hundreds of other possibilities.
This year, Lasting Impressions moved from their former location in Westland to a temporary site at 4000 Town Center, making the final move to their newly renovated office just this month.
It was a smart move, Chryplewicz says.
“We love it when we have people walk in or come by to see us here. We have 4,000 square feet, and have a showroom that we put together,” she says. “We have created a nice display of our work, and we encourage people to come by and meet us and see what we have done.”
All in the family
Chryplewicz is proud to share the story of how she and her sister purchased the 42-year old family business from their father, founder Mark Dabeiro, together with Nowaske, whose own father is a lifelong family friend.
In a way, the three co-owners were well prepared for their roles, given their years of experience in virtually every department and every job description in the company. Chryplewicz and Ejaz grew up in the business, working summers and vacations alongside their dad, and Nowaske joined them straight from college 14 years ago. He now serves as chief operating officer, while Ejaz is head of sales.
“It’s a joke among us that sick days during elementary school and every summer vacation we were at work with dad. We grew up in the business,” says Chryplewicz. When she graduated a semester early from college, she was surprised when her father put her straight to work. “I thought I’d at least enjoy Christmas vacation, but dad said get to work. It’s our busiest season.”
A certified Women Owned Business through the Women’s Business Enterprise, Lasting Impressions joins an estimated 11.6 million women-owned businesses in the U.S. Chryplewicz impresses upon her own children the value of hard work and entrepreneurial spirit.
“It’s important to me that my kids understand that they can achieve whatever they want, but also that it takes a lot of hard work,” Chryplewicz says.
“Loving the Southfield City Centre”
When asked about Lasting Impressions’ experiences so far in their new office suite, Chryplewicz shares her whole team’s excitement. They love the new high-profile office and showroom in the Town Center for its inspiring corporate environment surrounded by dozens of successful businesses. The central location is a benefit she says all 15 employees appreciate. And they’re excited to be in the Southfield City Centre, in the midst of a vibrant business and after-work climate.
“We are all loving the work-play-eat atmosphere of the City Centre,” Chryplewicz says. “Some of our employees are really into fitness and do bootcamps outside, and take runs during their lunch breaks. We all like walking to restaurants on Evergreen. It’s great to take advantage of all there is to offer here.”
New city, new office. What’s next for Lasting Impressions?
“We are focused now on gaining traction in the Southfield area,” Chryplewicz says. “It’s a new territory for us and we are looking forward to meeting our neighbors and joining the chamber of commerce to get to know fellow business owners. And we continue to keep on top of trends for the best ways for our clients to share consistent branding.”
Get to know Lasting Impressions at www.liteam.com, 888-686-2890, or visit them at 4000 Town Center.