My first memory of South By Sea, formerly known as Shirts for Greeks, was right before my chapter’s Centennial celebration. As the t-shirt chair for my chapter, Phi Mu at the University of Missouri, I was looking into all of the Greek custom apparel companies out there to see where would be the best place to order merchandise for this very important and monumental event. During this process I was contacted by Carson Dreggors, our National Sales Manager, to be a campus manager for Shirts for Greeks. She was at a Phi Mu event and met a sister from my chapter and she had recommended me to Carson. I had never heard of this company and looked further into it. Carson was so enthusiastic, welcoming, and helpful, I just knew I had to give this company a shot. Even though being a campus manager for Shirts for Greeks at the time was not something I could take on as I was in the beginning of my Senior year, I decided to get some proofs going for our Centennial celebration. I never even considered ordering elsewhere after going through this ordering process with South By Sea. The proofs were flawless and I received them in less than 24 hours. The customer service was beyond any service I had received elsewhere. I started to think to myself “Why did I waste so much time and money working with those other Greek custom apparel companies out there?” Give South By Sea a chance and you will never want to work with anyone else; you will be hooked.
Winter break of my Senior year involved me working a temporary retail position and looking for something else to fill my time as I always like being busy. I had reached out to Carson again and told her my interest in being the campus manager for Mizzou, but she had sadly already filled the position. Instead of Carson saying “you missed your chance”, she extended the offer to me to represent a few Missouri Universities that did not have a campus rep present at the time. I took on the role of being the Saint Louis University, Northwest Missouri State, and Missouri State campus managers as I had a few friends that went to each school and didn’t think it would be hard to get business on those campuses. I took on the role for the rest of my college career, and my biggest memory of the campus manager position was shipping out dozens of Phi Mu baseball tees in my college apartment with the help of my roommates. And to think now we have our very own individual shipping facility!
Even though my role as a campus manager was only a semester long, I knew I wanted to be working for the company full time. The people I had worked with (shout out to my amazing account manager, Bianca!) and the company’s designs, turnaround time and service was something I wanted to be a bigger part of. I remember talking to my mom on my sorority’s mom’s weekend in May 2014 and telling her how there was a full time account manager position open in Edmonds, WA. She thought I was crazy and I didn’t apply since I had a full time position straight out of college.
Fast forward two months and the position had still not been fulfilled. This was my chance; I had to apply. I didn’t tell anyone I applied and I emailed my resume and cover letter to the company. I heard back pretty quickly, and I remember Victoria, our Director of Operations, saying “You do know this position would require you to relocate to Edmonds, WA, right?” I wanted to take this leap of faith and try something new. I had always lived in Missouri, I was in my early 20s fresh out of college, why not take on a new beginning like this. I Skype interviewed with a few members of the Shirts for Greeks team and then had a phone call with our owner, Eric. I found out I got the position a day before my 22nd birthday and had two weeks to pick up and move my entire life across the country! Pretty scary, but so exciting at the same time! I said my goodbyes to my family and friends back in St. Louis, MO and piled all of my belongings in my Honda Civic with my mom in the front seat besides m. We started the four day journey out to the Pacific Northwest. I had never even visited Seattle before and here I was moving my entire life there!
Long story short, I got situated in Seattle and absolutely loved my position as an account manager with Shirt for Greeks/South By Sea (we rebranded about 6 months after I started). It was so awesome getting to know all of my coworkers, who I now call close friends and my family away from home! I never thought I would be part of something so amazing and truly enjoy coming to work every single day. I don’t even realize hours have passed because I love what I do and it doesn’t even feel like work to me.