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Aimee Hodges studied interior design in college during what she calls “the Trading Spaces craze”. She then switched to a graphic design program where she was required to work in a print shop as part of the curriculum. It was there she discovered her fondness for printing.
“I really enjoyed the guy who led the printing program,” she said. “I learned how to run a small press and do the stripping, platemaking and everything else. It just clicked, I really enjoyed and understood it, so I decided I wanted to pursue printing as a career.”
After earning her degree in graphic communications management, Aimee worked as a project coordinator at Boelte-Hall for nine years. In 2017, she decided she needed a new working arrangement after giving birth to her son, and heard about an opportunity at NextPage from her friend and coworker Joshua Shelton.
“I think NextPage is very forward thinking,” she said. “A lot of people have said print is dying. I don’t think print is dying, I think print is making a comeback, especially in the millennial group. The way NextPage incorporates technology with print and makes everything work together, I think, is crucial to survive and thrive in the industry. There’s just something about having a physical piece of paper in your hand that’s so much different than looking at a screen.”
As a Customer Service Representative, Aimee works directly with customers to obtain estimates, answer questions about jobs in progress, and put potential jobs in motion. Her background in design helps her to know where the designers are coming from and what kind of software they use.
“I’m a people pleaser. I like helping people and I want things to be done well and on time. Finally, at the end of the day, as I’m going home, I know I did the best I could do” says Hodges.
We are thrilled to have Aimee Hodges on the NextPage team.