Photography by Jamison Mosley
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Gloria Lawson is not one to boast. Yet, her professional accomplishments coupled with her contributions to the community and dedication to helping others are worthy of celebration. With a successful print company of nearly 30 years, Gloria is in the business of doing things right. She brings her experience, knowledge and wisdom to every project.
Gloria’s career began in reception, moved to secretarial duties and eventually into sales. Admittedly, she wasn’t confident about the position – but she knew she liked people. “I remember when I decided to jump in… scared to death but excited at the same time.” Nevertheless, she quickly gained stature and success with a natural enthusiasm for those around her. “That’s the part I like most, the people.”
Realizing these invaluable assets, Gloria established Lawson & Co. Graphics & Printing – a print company with a finite focus on quality products and service. The personal, “Welcome Home” perspective has continued to create strong relationships with clients and partners over the years. “Many years,” she jokes. “When I started in the business, we had four or more sheets of film along with proofs called ‘match prints.’ We’re talking old school here!”
One glance at the Lawson & Co. website reveals the wit, warmth and hard work of the small, but mighty team including Brandi Brown. “We’re your favorite aunt and your fun cousin, your sassy best friend and snarky sibling. We’ll be your secret-keeper and your sounding board,” Gloria professes. From project management and event branding to distribution and graphic design, they are committed to “giving it to you straight” and the “best bang for your buck.” No client is too big or too small to fit into the Lawson & Co. brand of excellence.
One of these partners is Methodist Family Health. “We value our partnership with Lawson & Co. Gloria and her team produce the highest quality of work for Methodist Family Health and the Foundation – and their customer service is exceptional,” states Methodist Family Health Foundation Executive Director, Amanda Smith. Gloria explains, “We’re responsible for making Methodist Family Health look good, any way we can. Whether it’s signage, brochures, banners or wearables our job is to ensure the quality they expect and deserve.” However, Gloria believes supporting these kind organizations makes the world a better place. At Methodist Family Health, it’s a commitment to improving the lives of children and families that impresses Gloria. “The work they do to help children tugs at my heart,” Gloria begins. “They have a work model that supports treatment for children and adults to helping them become proficient in social and independent living skills. It’s not a one and done scenario.”
The civic leadership and contributions of Lawson & Co. includes a variety of sectors including Girl Scouts – Diamond of AR, OK & TX, Arkansas PBS, Arkansas Children’s Foundation, St. Vincent’s Foundation and Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts. For Gloria, though, the most rewarding part of community service is meeting and working with the new people. “Regardless of what you do, it’s all about the people.”
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