1. Tell us about your company.
The name is Innovative Adhesives, but the web site is fanapeel.com. Is this because you do fan logos and also hunting camo? Fan-A-Peel / Gamefaces have long been a staple in the sporting world. First introduced over 25 years ago as a water applied tattoo in collegiate sports has now evolved into a fashion statement for fans, cheerleaders and players. Licensed with over 135 colleges our products have embraced the fashion trends as well as impulse buy and immediate use by introducing several years ago a tattoo that can be used without water and used on most any surface. As the inventor and patent holder for peel & stick temporary tattoos we have revolutionized the market and made it easier to anyone to wear and remove their "GameFace" at will. We utilize the safest 3M Medical adhesives in our products and have expanded our lines to include metallic, glitter in standard and any custom design you desire. A game day doesn't go by without seeing our products on TV, print and in the stands. In addition to our mantra for safety and convenance we have embraced sustainability by only using recycled materials in our packaging. All we want is for you to have fun and "put your gameface on"!!
Innovative Adhesive is a play on words, Fan A Peel is the umbrella brand for all products with GameFaces being the brand for our collegiate tattoo line and Thinskin is the brand for our Camo product. Fan A Peel is also a play on words for Fan based peel and stick temporary tattoos.
1a. Related: You are in Cary, but the corporate address is Augusta (great place to have been this past weekend). How does that work?
Actually, our corporate office is in Cary and our warehouse and fulfillment is done out of our Augusta, GA warehouse. (Augusta is always fun around the Masters !!)
2. How long have you been with IA?
I have been the majority owner since June 2009.
3. Why are you a CAAMP Member?
We expanded the business in 2011 to address the corporate promo and custom markets, we joined CAAMP to participate in a more regional presence.
4. What industry events do you attend?
We have attended a number of shows to include PPAI, ASI, Sage road shows, CAAMP shows, Promo Marketing power meetings and various retail shows to include Sports Licensing Tailgate show, CAMEX and various gift shows.
5. What do you have on your bucket list?
Great question, I love to play golf and travel, so playing some of the more popular named courses like Pebble Beach or Augusta National would be a real treat. Flying a fighter jet..
6. What is your favorite way to spend a day off?
Play golf with my friends, and sit by a fire and enjoy a cold beverage with my wife, family and friends.
7. What are your pet peeves?
People who waste my time.. other than that, I’m pretty easy to get along with.
8. What did you want to be when you grew up?
President of the United States but I think I will pass on that dream..
9. What is an item that you can’t live without?
10. Do you have a favorite quote, or a thought you would like to leave us with?
“ If you want to live life on your own terms you have to be willing to crash and burn ”.
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