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Feb 1, 2011 12:00 AM

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Serving Naperville since 1985

Kent and Julie Phillips launched their Sir Speedy franchise during the closing days of the Reagan Administration. Kent worked in the printing industry virtually since childhood. Prior to launching the Illinois shop, he was a business management consultant with Sir Speedy's corporate office.

Adding mailing services, promotional products and integrated direct marketing tools has paid off. Son Kyle has helped Sir Speedy and its customers embrace new technology such as PURLs and QR Codes.

Five years ago, Sir Speedy of Naperville moved to a larger facility and replaced a 2-color press with a Presstek direct imaging press. A Canon imagePRESS C7000VP anchors its digital color capabilities.


Growing up in the shop

Kyle and his brother Ryan grew up in the business. After graduating from WI's Marquette University, Ryan put his business degree to work in an outside firm. Kyle, a North Central College alum, enjoys marketing challenges.

Shirley Mott, a family friend as well as a customer, nominated Kyle, 28, for the 2010 Batavia Chamber of Commerce's “20 Under 30” award. She cited his extensive service to a local food pantry as well as other charities and community organizations. She also praised his professionalism.

“Growing up in a service-based business, Kyle [knows] high quality customer service is imperative,” says Mott. “He understands there are no shortcuts to success.”

Honey, I ate the swatchbook

Chicago-based designer Kim Neill used sugar cookie dough, royal icing and a food dye pen to create “Pantone Chip Cookies.” Most popular: PMS 485, PMS 183 and Silver 877. Neill used “luster dust” to create Metallic Silver 877, Gold 871 and Pink 8062. See “Cures for boredom” at

Get the “cookie tins” at

Ready for his close up

Frank Romano

Industry guru Frank Romano recently donned period dress for “Rebel,” a PBS movie. Naturally, we assumed this was for “Ben Franklin: An Eyewitness Account.” But it's actually the story of Loreta Janeta Valazquez, a Cuban-born woman who masqueraded as a male Confederate soldier. “They wanted some scenes of pages being typeset and printed,” Romano says. “I had the equivalent of electrotype plates made and I printed from them.” Romano is wintering at Cal Poly where he is teaching courses on typography and industry trends. For more information on “Rebel,” see

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