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Greater Phoenix Chapter New Member Spotlight: January 2020

January 2020 New Member Spotlight

George Steinbrenner

IFMA Phoenix:  Thank you for allowing us the pleasure of interviewing you for our January New Member Spotlight!

George: The pleasure is all mine.


IFMA Phoenix: Where are you from?

George: Originally from Cleveland, OH – lived there most of my life. Also lived in Ashville, NC, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Fredericksburg, VA, and that is where we lived when we moved here to Scottsdale - 4 months ago.


IFMA Phoenix: How do you support the FM profession?

George: My company, Proline Embroidering, specializes in providing uniforms and branded workwear like polo shirts with a logo on the left chest, hats, or even a duffle bag or backpack. Most of our business comes from facilities management or people that provide for the facilities management companies. We have a unique way of processing orders that makes it extremely easy for our customers which is why they are so pleased with what we do. Everything is done online. We setup a company store at no charge and no inventory is required either – our customers love that.


IFMA Phoenix: How long have you been in your industry?

George: I have been in this industry for 8.5 years


IFMA Phoenix: What IFMA event are you looking forward to most and why?

George: The WWP in October is going to be so much fun! I learned out it when we moved out here and I think that large international trade shows are so exciting. There will be people from all over the world there. I think there will be a lot of opportunity for my company and a lot of opportunity for IFMA members to learn a lot about what is going on in FM.


IFMA Phoenix: What is your favorite food?

George: Mexican is really moving up on the list for me since we’ve moved to Arizona – definitely Mexican food! 😊


IFMA Phoenix: What is one thing about you that most people don’t know?

George: Well and interesting fact from a long time ago is about my Grandfather. During WWI he invented a machine that was used to mass produce bullets which I have been told was significant for the WWI America war effort. It was contributed a lot to the effectiveness that America had over in Europe. They were able to get all the bullets they needed, and it was a tremendous boom for him and his family. The other thing that everyone finds interesting is my name is George Steinbrenner and if you are a baseball fan you know that name. I am from Cleveland, OH and the other George Steinbrenner is from Cleveland, OH and his father and my grandfather were brothers so that makes us second cousins.


IFMA Phoenix: What is one interesting fact about Arizona?

George: Before we moved here, we knew Arizona was a hot place. I thought the whole concept of a dry heat was a bunch of bologna – I didn’t believe it. When we moved here, we found out that when you have 7% humidity, you aren’t hot at all. That is what we have learned and it’s a true fact about Arizona.


IFMA Phoenix: What did you join the Greater Phoenix Chapter of IFMA?

George: My largest customer in Washington, D.C. had referred IFMA to me any times and when my wife and I moved here one of the first things I did was look into joining. I learned what an active chapter it was and I wanted to join right away. Then I ran into Stephanie Jones and she wanted me to get onto the Sponsorship committee right away and that’s what I am doing here.


IFMA Phoenix: What is the most challenging project you have taken on for an FM?

George: My largest customer in Washington D.C. area was a government services company that managed over 250 properties nationwide, they had a lot of trouble with their previous uniform supplier – they were going broke on inventory and what to do with leftovers, how to store it, and the fact that all the orders had to go through one person. When we setup our online store for them, each facility placed their own order under the control of corporate headquarters. Since we do not require inventory, they were very pleased with us and we turned the orders around in half the time as the previous supplier. So, the challenge was so many different locations with each location having their own logo and yet have every order come out perfectly – and to be shipped on time to the right people. We have created a service called apparel link which is our online ordering portal for our customers. It makes ordering so easy – 24hrs a day. The fact that we don’t charge to have this setup (unlike most of our competition) and we don’t charge to make changes such as bringing new garments on – like in the summer bringing in cooler things and, in the winter, warmer items. We just want to make it as easy as possible for our customer to work with Proline.


IFMA Phoenix: Favorite place in the world and why?

George: Probably my one single favorite place is pebble beach – I was very fortunate to play golf there. It was very special indeed.