MEET THE TEAM

Meet Your dedicated team who are committed to making sure You can comfortably and repeatedly say, “Mission Accomplished.”

ROQ.US is a company born and inspired by our garment decorating partners across North America to provide the most innovative solutions and superior service to an industry ready for a revolution. I am thrilled to be a part of this movement and I look forward to partnering with companies who are eager to launch their garment decorating and finishing businesses into a bright and prosperous future. Our priority is our partners like you and aligning in your successes in the short and long terms. We are here for you and we’re eager to fuel your epic journey. What is your mission?

SALES

Ross Hunter

President | General Manager

My journey in the garment decoration industry started in 2003 selling custom shirts on Ebay, which led me to pursuing a degree in fine art with an emphasis in printmaking at West Texas A&M University. After graduating, I set out to start my screen printing business Reviation Industries in Southern California. Shortly after opening my company, I began to teach in the industry which really fueled my passion to help others grow and be a part of others success. 10 Years after inception, I sold my interest in Reviation and decided to be a part of the movement to build ROQ.US, opening me up to further pursue my passion to help others grow in their business endeavors.

Mission (in life/work): I am a driven entrepreneur who provides business solutions to other screen printing entrepreneurs. People are the most amazing parts of life and the connections and friendships I’ve made throughout my life and career are what motivates and teaches me to be better and grow every day.

Why ROQ.US? ROQ.US is not just a new company. It’s a movement to partner with professionals in the garment decorating space to collectively grow and inspire positive change. We strive to innovate and creatively disrupt the industry that we are all so passionate about. We’re fueled by our partners and family of printers to make a powerful impact on our businesses, communities, and the environment.

What inspires me about my job? I am inspired to champion the ROQ.US team, our distributors, and most importantly all of the business partners that want to be a part of the ROQ.US movement. I have the luxury of loving what I do, the people I work alongside, and the industry I serve.

Fun Facts about me: I’m married to an amazing woman who is my biggest ally and supporter. We have a beautiful son who is growing up to be a caring person and I could not be more proud. We love to travel and camp (glamp) in our free time.

What would I do if I knew I couldn’t fail? Help as many people succeed in business and in life as I possibly could.

Favorite food: Sushi

Favorite color: Blue

Favorite song: “Santa Monica” by Everclear

Favorite movie: Tombstone

What historical figure would you like to have a conversation with? Leonardo DaVinci

What is your hidden superpower? Easily Inspire People

What ROQ.US value do you resonate with most? I resonate the most with all of them. I strive to not just uphold these values within our company, but in my personal life.

Rob Welch

Automation Solution Expert

I went to school for audio engineering during the boom of audio recording. I coordinated the apparel department for a major brand and ran campaigns on renewable energy and waste reduction along with public interest work for the nonprofit world for 5 years. I discovered the screen printing space and was instantly hooked on helping to provide solutions to creative types in the garment industry.

Mission (in life/work): To serve my family and clients I work with from a selfless place.

Why ROQ.US? To be on the ground floor of a company that has the potential to be the largest screen printing equipment company in the world.

What inspires me about my job? Providing companies with solutions that not only better their businesses but better the quality of life of the owners and their families.

Fun Facts about me: I’m a father of twins. I’ve been producing music since I was 15 years old and I have no plans on slowing down.

What would I do if I knew I couldn’t fail? Tour the world performing music.

Favorite food: New York Style Pizza

Favorite color: Green!

Favorite song: “Daylight” by Aesop Rock

Favorite movie: Pulp Fiction

What historical figure would you like to have a conversation with? Hunter S. Thompson

What is your hidden superpower? I can make anybody laugh.

What ROQ.US value do you resonate with most? Provide Solutions.

Brian Richards

Channel Manager

Screen print enthusiast and 15+ year industry professional comprised of helping garment decorators upgrade equipment and procedures to streamline processes and drive efficiency and growth. I serve our distribution partners with the resources necessary to provide the right solution for their customers and expand the ROQ.US brand in the United States and Canada.

Mission (in life/work): Operate with integrity. Be kind. Create and build. Make things easy.

Why ROQ.US? The company, the brand, and the equipment-based solutions themselves provide ease and clarity to a process that I know from personal experience. ROQ’s sleek design, unmatched efficiencies, next-generation technology, and first-class service warranty allow us to provide apparel decorators with a premier solution to grow and scale their business.

What inspires me about my job? Helping people and having fun while doing it :)

Fun Facts about me: Before screen printing, baseball was my first love. Closet history buff and political junkie. California kid now enjoying the rain, coffee, and beers of the Pacific Northwest.

What would I do if I knew I couldn’t fail? There is no failure, there is only learning.

Favorite food: Mexican

Favorite color: Greens and Blues.

Favorite song: “Sleep On the Floor” by The Lumineers

Favorite movie: There Will Be Blood

What historical figure would you like to have a conversation with? Abraham Lincoln

What is your hidden superpower? Knowing when to shut up.

What ROQ.US value do you resonate with most? Be True. It’s presence or absence is the foundation underlying all human motivation.

Thomas Shaw

Sales & Consulting

From an early age, Printing & Textiles played a part in my everyday life. Generations of my family worked in textile mills and factories. These companies drove my local economy and many of my mentors were all print-makers/artists of some sort. After owning my own Screen Printing business and working with several large companies to help develop their brand, I realized there was a common theme in what drives my passion. Helping others turn an idea into a reality and connecting with like-minded people became my path, ROQ.US became my vehicle.

Mission (in life/work): My mission is to positively impact my relationships with genuine and meaningful connections.

Why ROQ.US? This is a product line that I stand behind. I’ve seen how it can impact businesses of all sizes and break the status quo.

What inspires me about my job? Every interaction is unique. Our partners have an entrepreneurial spirit of never settling for anything short of the best.

Fun Facts about me: Originally from the Carolinas. Retired Musician. Armchair detective. Dog Lover and Athlete.

What would I do if I knew I couldn’t fail? Catch a football from Cam Newton or guest star on Drunk History.

Favorite food: Cheesecake

Favorite color: Olive Green

Favorite song: "Oogum Boogum" by Brenton Wood

Favorite movie: The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

What historical figure would you like to have a conversation with? Elvis Presley

What is your hidden superpower? Smiling in the face of adversity ;)

What ROQ.US value do you resonate with most? Never Settle - this resonates most with me because I believe that complacency and refusing to learn is a sure way to become less relevant.

Liborio Roberto “Bobby” Panico

Solutions Manager

I am a creative problem solver with a gift for building strategic partnerships. I have an ability to forecast needs and trends and pull together like-minded leaders to build solutions to meet those needs as they arise. My career began as a silkscreen printer where I started formulating and making water-based inks. I sold the first ROQ press in Canada in 2011 which was the first ROQ in all of North America. I became ROQ’s North American Representative and was an integral part of the foundation of what is now ROQ.US.

Mission (in life/work): always striving to be a great husband and father - to be always learning and improving - to achieve a good family and work balance - to create a place / environment where people would like to go to and be a part of.

Why ROQ.US? Belief and confidence in the brand and a commitment to bring the brand to a higher level.

What inspires me about my job? Finding solutions through synergy.

Fun Facts about me: I’m an optimist with a very contagious laugh. I’m a sun-sneezer who likes soccer and loves coaching my son’s soccer team.

What would I do if I knew I couldn’t fail? Build a Time Machine

Favorite food: Steak and salad

Favorite color: Green, of course!

Favorite song: “Whatever It Takes” by Imagine Dragons

Favorite movie: “Iron Man” and “Cinema Paradiso”

What historical figure would you like to have a conversation with? Jesus

What is your hidden superpower? Creative problem solving

What ROQ.US value do you resonate with most? Collaborate (Synergy/Building Teams)

LOGISTICS

Micah Crowson

Project Manager | Tech

I have been with Ryonet/ROQ for over six years and have held many roles within the company. From working within our operations in the warehouse to field work with our automated products from ROQ.US. T-shirts!!

Mission (in life/work): My mission is to create. Happiness, efficiencies, and positive reinforcement.

Why ROQ.US? Why wouldn’t I want to work with the top of the line equipment out there and a customer base that is like no other!?

What inspires me about my job? Our culture is sometimes astonishing that so many people can come together with the same mission and values.

Fun Facts about me: I love to hike, explore, play soccer, travel, and absorb other cultures.

What would I do if I knew I couldn’t fail? If I knew I couldn’t fail, I would grab all my closest friends and family and sail around the world.

Favorite food: Tacos

What historical figure would you like to have a conversation with? Bill Murray

What is your hidden superpower? Laughter

What ROQ.US value do you resonate with most? Serve (our Partners most of all!)

Mark Shoman

Director of Automated Products Group

I followed the classic tale of College Student to Wannabe Cop to Screen Printer to Shop Owner to Salesman to Director of APG… okay, perhaps not so classic :) I fell into screen printing after college. I was looking for a job as a police officer and took a part-time job screen printing. I couldn’t find a policing job and was offered production manager so I stayed and eventually purchased the business. Thirty years later, I sold my business and joined Ryonet in Sales and now I am the Director of APG for ROQ.US. Oh, and there was this cute girl who also was working part-time at the same shop when I started screen printing. We have been married now for over 30 years and have 5 wonderful children.

Mission (in life/work): To encourage people and help them grow.

Why ROQ.US? This is a great opportunity to support more shops in reaching and surpassing their goals.

What inspires me about my job? I am excited to get up every morning and come to work with a great team of people. I love the interaction we have with one another and our shared goal of helping people achieve the American Dream of owning their own business that supports them, their family, and community. We have a great responsibility to aid them successfully in this quest.

Fun Facts about me: Love Dad Jokes… ba-dumtissssss.

What would I do if I knew I couldn’t fail? Run for President

Favorite food: Spaghetti

Favorite color: Red

Favorite song: “The Lion Sleeps” Tonight by The Tokens

Favorite movie: Remember the Titans

What historical figure would you like to have a conversation with? Abraham Lincoln

What is your hidden superpower? I tell Dad jokes in a way that always makes people laugh.

What ROQ.US value do you resonate with most? I resonate with all of our values equally.

TECHNICIANS

Buck Premo

Lead Tech & Team Manager

Just over 7 years in the United States Air Force working as a HH-60G Pave Hawk Helicopter Crew Chief. Deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq. Stationed in Okinawa, Japan for four years. After getting out of the Air Force, I moved to Colorado Springs, CO for college. While attending college to get EMT certified, I got a job with Tayco Screen Printing. I’ve always enjoyed brands and made up my own in Junior High. I’ve been intrigued about the entire process. Tayco Screen Printing allowed me to learn the process as well as print my designs. The owner of Tayco is Marty. He was the first shop to buy a ROQ from Ryonet. His best friend was Kurtis who was in charge of the service on ROQ machines for Ryonet. He found out my background and asked to join the team. Jan 2020 marks my 6 year anniversary with the team!

Mission (in life/work): My mission is to help other people. I do that in life and work. I enjoy the work. I get satisfaction from knowing I have fixed a problem/issue for someone. To have fun in life and work. Enjoy every minute.

Why ROQ.US? I am very loyal. When I first got hired by Ryonet full time to be part of the tech team, I was about to put a package together to become a firefighter. I saw the growth potential with Ryonet and ROQ. I went with ROQ.US because of the quality of product, team atmosphere, and the ability to travel installing machines that would make an impact on so many lives.

What inspires me about my job? Helping all of our printers. Supporting my team of technicians.

Fun Facts about me: I won a state championship in wrestling at 98 lbs. as a Freshman against a Senior who was a returning State Champion. I spent a month surfing in Bali, Indonesia after getting out of the Air Force.

What would I do if I knew I couldn’t fail? Start a successful brand.

Favorite food: Authentic Japanese Ramen

Favorite color: Camo

Favorite song: Joe Rogan Experience

Favorite movie: King Pin

What historical figure would you like to have a conversation with? Phil Knight of Nike

What is your hidden superpower? Fixing my 1989 Volkswagen Vanagon Syncro that always breaks down.

What ROQ.US value do you resonate with most? Provide Solutions.

Jason Ordzywolski

Senior Technician

Former Air Force Ground Equipment Mechanic for 6 years. Certified Flight Instructor and Commercial Pilot on 727’s for Custom Air Transport. OEM Trek Bicycle mechanic. ROQ press customer and later technician for the last 5 years.

Mission (in life/work): Work: Pride in my work, doing things the right way and not just the fast way. Life: Giving my kids the tools to lead a successful life after they leave the house and eliminating as much stress as possible from my own life.

Why ROQ.US? I believe the equipment is the best on the market and it has earned my trust.

What inspires me about my job? Getting a first-time auto shop printing. The joy the customers have when they realize that they have a tool that powers more profits AND more time at home with their families.

Fun Facts about me: Not that you could tell by looking at me, but I’m a pretty serious road cyclist.

What would I do if I knew I couldn’t fail? If I knew I couldn’t fail financially, I would tour the world by bicycle, starting in Europe.

Favorite food: A nice New York strip with a side of Alaskan king crab and a twice-baked potato.

Favorite color: Blue

Favorite song: “Pnuema” by Tool

Favorite movie: Goodfellas

What historical figure would you like to have a conversation with? Kurt Cobain

What is your hidden superpower? Remaining calm during extreme life events (car accidents, deaths, etc).

What ROQ.US value do you resonate with most? Providing solutions. This is something that technicians should excel at. Whether it be getting a broken piece of equipment going or giving a customer advice on what would best help them.

Josh McLean

Technician

I began at 18 years old in a small two-manual shop where I developed some fundamentals of screen printing. After a couple years, I left that small shop and went to a much larger shop called The Mountain Corporation. There, I gained a vast knowledge of screen printing and automatic equipment. Fast forward present day, I am now on many shop floors installing and servicing the most efficient and fun presses on the planet.

Mission (in life/work): My mission in life is to keep moving forward in a positive direction.

Why ROQ.US? Best equipment, great people, Why not ROQ.US?

What inspires me about my job? What inspires me about my job is the awesome people I get to meet along the way and the knowledge that can be shared.

Fun Facts about me: I ride Harleys and race motocross.

Favorite food: Lobster

Favorite color: Red

What is your hidden superpower? I don’t need sleep.

What ROQ.US value do you resonate with most? Don’t settle.

MARKETING

Merrill Capps

Creative Producer | Story | Brand

With a strong passion for storytelling, branding, marketing, writing, pop culture, photography, compassion, and expanding consciousness, my work has been featured in films, TV shows, commercials, documentaries, magazines, newspapers, best-selling books, websites, social media campaigns, and galleries. As a native son of New Orleans with a perpetual wanderlust, I’m always exploring new places and adventures of all kinds. If I'm not around a campfire with an instrument outside my vintage Airstream, I am likely reading/writing or hitting as many karaoke spots as inhumanly possible. My lifelong ambition is to be a professional fictional character.

Mission (in life/work): Bringing people together and inspiring others to boldly share their magic is what drives me in all that I do.

Why ROQ.US? "Why not ROQ.US?" is the most accurate answer I can come up with. To be able to bring my passion for storytelling to a group of forward-thinking and compassionate people at the forefront of an engaging and influential industry is a tremendous opportunity -- one for which I am incredibly grateful.

What inspires me about my job? Creating, discovering, and telling stories that entertain, inspire, and educate.

Fun Facts about me: I once hiked the Grand Canyon on one leg for 17 miles to survive. My love language is that of the pun. I play music and dance like Michael Jackson. And I sometimes play an actor on TV.

What would I do if I knew I couldn’t fail? Challenge Deadpool in an epic sarcasm-off.

Favorite food: Sauce

Favorite color: Purple!

Favorite song: “Your Wildest Dreams” by The Moody Blues

Favorite movie: The Ghostbusters

What historical figure would you like to have a conversation with? Anais Nin or William Shakespeare or Fred Rogers.

What is your hidden superpower? The ability to notice and introduce people to the best version of themselves.

What ROQ.US value do you resonate with most? Without hesitation: Serve

ACCOUNTING & PURCHASING

Shelly McClendon

Accountant

I didn’t choose accounting, it chose me! I don’t know what I would be doing if I hadn’t learned how to do bookkeeping for 7-Eleven at the age of 19. After going to college and working in the corporate world, I owned a small business for 14 years. That’s when I learned how to use my love of bookkeeping to build a business and take care of others. I learned a lot about being responsible through managing the livelihood of my employees and clients. It’s been a blessing to bring all those experiences to my current position, where I feel valuable and valued. ROQ ON!

Mission (in life/work): In 2020, my focus words are: humility, generosity and kindness. I believe in growth, personal and professional. Life is a balancing act. How can I be of service to others while caring for myself? My mission in life and work is to be of service, to the best of my ability, knowing that my best is different on any given day.

Why ROQ.US? Because it’s exciting, challenging, and rewarding! Everyday is different and I love the people I serve. Screen printers are fun! Life has always given me art and artists, which is extra cool for a bean counter like me!

What inspires me about my job? I love my job because it pushes all my boundaries and gives me endless opportunities for growth. I get up every day knowing that I will receive new challenges and that’s exciting! All I have to do is keep an open mind and work hard. We’re on an amazing journey here at ROQ.US!

Fun Facts about me: My children have taught me the most important lessons in life. I love live music... oh, the stories I can tell! I love to grow things -- from house plants to vegetables to flowers. I love BIG doggies with squishy faces! I recently got a cat, no big doggies in my life at this time, but my cat is AWESOME and his name is Clyde.

What would I do if I knew I couldn’t fail? Exactly what I’m doing right now. I live my life knowing I cannot fail. Life is a journey. There are no failures, only lessons.

Favorite food: Fresh vegetables and lots of spices... and tacos!

Favorite color: Green, of course!

Favorite song: “Worthy” by India Arie

Favorite movie: I’m not a movie person, but I like to watch things that make me feel something. And sports, I love to watch sports. Go Seahawks!

What historical figure would you like to have a conversation with? Maya Angelou

What is your hidden superpower? Relating to many types of people. I’ve learned to be non-judgmental. We’re all doing the best we can.

What ROQ.US value do you resonate with most? Serve – I’ve always thought of Accounting as service work, but within this position I have the opportunity to live all of our values. I provide solutions to the Company and our Partners. A good Accountant is honest (be true). I collaborate with my teammates to provide the best Customer experience. I’ll never settle for less than I know we are all capable of. I’m positive we can all succeed if we follow these values.

Andy Johnson

Purchasing Agent

I’ve purchased a lot of different goods in my career, from Native American blankets, Pharmaceuticals, beer, locally-made foods and crafts, but nothing as solid as a ROQ.

Mission (in life/work): To see how far I can go. I am up for any challenge and push myself beyond limits. Be positive and show gratitude. Don’t be afraid of failure. I begin with thinking there is no limit to your potential if you put in the quality and quantity of work. Embrace the hard moments and look back to remind yourself what you conquered. Be present. Be a good person.

Why ROQ.US? There are no other machines in the US that perform like a ROQ does. We need a dedicated team in the US to serve and support ROQ Partners and I love being a part of helping that happen.

What inspires me about my job? Being a part of something larger than myself. Working with amazing people, customers and a product that literally ROQs!

Fun Facts about me: I used to work as an Arborist. My job was to climb, prune, remove trees as well as support other climbers from the ground. I moved to Oregon in `97 in pursuit of a possible snowboard sponsorship. I had a small shop sponsorship in high school. I run a lot; over 1250 miles in 2019. I proposed to my wife in a pub parking lot.

What would I do if I knew I couldn’t fail? Find Extraterrestrial Life.

Favorite food: Pizza

Favorite color: Green!

Favorite song: “(You Gotta) Fight for your Right (to Party)” by The Beastie Boys

Favorite movie: The Shawshank Redemption

What historical figure would you like to have a conversation with? Gaange Rolf AKA “Rollo the Viking”. Apparently my lineage can be traced back to him.

What is your hidden superpower? The ability to run 50 miles in 6 hours. In September 2020, maybe 100 miles…

What ROQ.US value do you resonate with most? Be Positive – Having a positive attitude helps you achieve greater success in whatever you’re trying to do and is the foundation of the ROQ.US values.