We had the good fortune of connecting with Blue Grimes and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Blue, what do you attribute your success to?
The most important factor behind our success is our company culture and core values. Skillsets and specific position roles can be trained given the right foundation in a team member. Culture and core values cannot be trained. They can only be sourced, brought out, highlighted and maintained to align with the expectations that a company has put in place. We strive to bring on team members that have an established culture and core values that align with our own. Our core values are Family, Community, Loyalty, Honesty, Fun, Accountability, Confidence, Environmental Responsibility and Character. Over the past 17 years, we’ve continued to build and scale the company by putting an amazing team in place that all consistently believe in and practice these core values. Out of the Blue would be nothing without the talented and competent leaders at the helm.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Out of the Blue is a screen printing, embroidery and promotional products company. I like to tell people, “We print t-shirts”. I think in terms of setting our selves apart from anyone out there it is important that we set ourselves apart from online companies that offer the same products and services that we do. Over the years, several have come and gone. What we’ve seen with the online competition is that they are often brokers that do not actually do the work in-house and/or they are impossible to connect with for the customer. A customer wants and needs to be able to connect with whomever they’re doing business with. Our online competitors just cannot offer the same level of service that we can. They also, cannot stand behind their final product like we can. Many of our online counterparts do not even have a published phone number. We are a brick and mortar company. We have a team in place that actually enjoys communicating with customers. We aim to build meaningful business relationships and gain customers for life. We do not condone a transactional relationship.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my best friend was visiting the area we’d go to a Rockies game, see a show at Red Rocks and eat at Angelo’s on 6th for sure. Other than that, we might pick an afternoon to hit up Stoney’s on 11th and Lincoln for happy hour and appetizers. Then head North on foot and pop into a few spots for a drink. We’d make our way East and stop somewhere like Steuben’s uptown for dinner and then catch a show at the Fillmore. After the show we’d probably get a drink at the Irish Snug then wrap up the night with a pickle vodka shot a Kinga’s. I really like the rino and sunnyside areas of Denver too, but haven’t spent enough time there to be a guide. If I could rope in a buddy to show us around, we’d hit up those neighborhoods too.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My shoutout is to my wife Kim Grimes. When my pipedream of starting a business became a reality, she was always there for support. She never pushed back on my crazy ideas. She trusted me with our finances, stood by my decisions and believed that I could be successful. It was, and still is, her firm belief in my success that pushes me to be successful. I can’t and won’t let her down. We’ve struggled financially, emotionally and even physically over the years. Kim has always been my driving force and my center. Now that we have a family, a daughter and a son, failure is absolutely not an option. Kim has never had a prominent voice in whatever direction I’ve taken the company. But her just being there for me no matter what comes down the pike is how I’m able to continue to drive Out of the Blue forward in anticipation of continued success.
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