MARY & ROBERT MARTELLE, OWNERS
Mary and Bob’s history in the printing industry goes back to their high school days. Not only were they high school sweethearts, they graduated from Burlington High School with two years in vocational printing. Both Mary and Bob worked at local print shops for several years before starting First Step in 1992. Mary’s hobbies include scrapbooking and working in her flower gardens. Bob enjoys fishing, growing garlic and building things out of salvaged barn boards. Their son Matthew, owner of Matt’s Wash & Wax, lives in Jericho with his wife Alicia and two wonderful children. Their daughter Hilary lives in Gardner, MA with her partner, Nicole. Hilary is a paramedic and a dog trainer for Off Leash K9 Training. Over the years they have grown the business around their home and hope to welcome you into their family of customers.
NICKI, DIGITAL SPECIALIST
Nicki has been a designer for over 22 years. She has worked in several advertising agencies throughout her career and has held positions ranging from graphic designer to creative director. Working at First Step Print Shop has enabled her to become more knowledgeable of the printing process, production, and bindery from a different standpoint. She received her formal training and degree at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale in 1998 and has received continued education at the University of Vermont. Nicki resides in the Underhill area with her husband and son and believes that being able to work locally makes all the difference.
SARAH, GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Sarah grew up right here in Underhill and attended the Center for Technology in Essex, where she spent two years in the Graphic Design and Creative Media program. In 2013 she graduated from Champlain College in Burlington with a Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design and Digital Media. During her time at Champlain, Sarah spent a semester abroad studying in Dublin, Ireland. After graduating she came back to Underhill and started working at First Step Print Shop. When she’s not designing Sarah enjoys hiking, camping, traveling, and painting.
TRACY, GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Tracy began working at First Step in 2009. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Education from Johnson State College but has always had a passion for art and computers. Tracy has worked for newspapers and magazines throughout Vermont designing ads, writing copy, and assisting with layout, which is where she learned most of her graphic design skills. She has a keen eye for detail and can spot a typo from a mile away. Tracy lives in Jeffersonville, with her husband and children.
DANIEL & GREG, PRESSMEN
Daniel went to Burlington High School where he first got introduced to printing in Art Bushey’s Vocational Printing class. Daniel has over 35 years of printing experience that includes offset printing on sheet fed and web presses as well as bindery work for both large and small shops. When he’s not running a press, Daniel enjoys golfing, fishing and spending time with family and friends.
Greg lives here in Underhill with his wife Laurie and has over 38 years of printing experience. He enjoys fishing and spending time with his family and Skye, his dog.