Some people might find it daunting to make a career change after 25 years but not Tim Tribbett. Born and raised in Park Hill, the Stapleton resident no longer looked forward to going to work each day and knew he needed a change. After working as a CFO for different manufacturing companies, he took a break from the corporate world to start his own business.
Tribbett knew he didn’t want to open a franchise and looked at a variety of opportunities including a health club and a restaurant. But his background in manufacturing lead him to open Xcelerated Signs and Graphics in Montbello, just east of North Stapleton. “Manufacturing is what I know, plus I’ve always enjoyed handing a finished product to a customer at the end of the day and have them be happy with what I produced,” says Tribbett.
Xcelerated primarily does projects for businesses such as commercial vehicle wraps, building signage, banners, political signs and menus. But he also enjoys doing projects for community groups such as event banners, yard signs for charities and fundraisers and projects for schools. Families can get a favorite photo blown up to mural size for a wall in their home. Tribbett says they’re open to just about any project of any size and can provide design, copy, print and installation work.
With brand-new 64-inch printing, cutting and laminating equipment, Tribbett’s proud that his company uses water-based latex ink that has no odor or toxic runoff like solvent printers have, making his business environmentally friendly.
Owning a business so close to where he grew up and where he now lives with his wife and two sons makes Tribbett happy, but being the boss isn’t always easy. “It’s stressful when you have to make your own payroll,” he says. “When they have families that are reliant on us selling stuff so we can pay them, I get that.” Overall though, Tribbett feels he made the right move. “I needed the change. Now I’m excited to go to work every day. I’ll be sitting there at night thinking ‘I just can’t wait to get in there in the morning and see what we’re going to work on.’”
For more information, visit xceleratedsigns.com. It is located at 4880 Ironton St., Unit L, 303.900.0550.