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We are helpful, courteous, professional, and service driven to each customer.
Our goal is for you to be completely happy with your Champion products and experience. This is our standard and my personal promise to you.

As always, I thank you for your business,

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President & CEO

Our Story

Screen Printing

Marris and Susan Bowen began Champion Trophy in a barn in 1970 with $2000.00. Susan was President and grew the company to over $250,000 by 1978. Marris and Kenny Bowen started Custom Print Apparel in 1978. They grew the company to $300,000 by 1982. The companies merged into Champion Awards Inc. in 1982, that same year Mike Bowen left the Corporate world and joined the family business. In 1989 Champion became the 5th largest screen printer in the US producing over 10 million screen printed products for companies such as Nike, Disney, Starter, Reebok, Varsity Brands, VF Imagewear, Hanes, etc. By 1990 Champion had sales of over $10 million. Champion Awards was one of Inc 500 fastest growing companies, 4 years in a row from 1985-1988. Champion is still an authorized Hot Market printer for these companies today. In 1994 NAFTA changed the business and by 1996 Champion had purchased its own licenses. Today the majority of the business is custom screen-printed and embroidered items for businesses and organizations such as FedEx, AutoZone, Varsity Brands, Memphis Redbirds, Memphis in May International Festival and University of Memphis and Memphis Redbirds.

Mike and Suzie Bowen successfully completed purchase of the company in 2000. Champion Awards became Champion Awards & Apparel Inc. in 2005. Mike changed focus of company to concentrate on quality, service, and profitability. 2010 began our 40th year of profitable business with over 2000 customers. Our family of customers span the corporate world such as FedEx , International Paper to small businsess such as Midsouth Ag, Triton Stone to over 100 non profit organizations in our Community. We still operate the business today with 30 long standing dedicated employees. Sales in 2010 were approximately 4 Million. Champion Awards and Apparel is entering its 15th year as a local licensee and concessionaire for the University of Memphis. We produce over 100 licensed items and merchandise for football and basketball games. Champion enters its 9th year and 4th year respectively as the exclusive licensee for the AutoZone Liberty Bowl and Bowl. Champion also designs, produces, and merchandises virtually all AutoZone Liberty Bowl and Bowl merchandise. Champion Awards is also a 25-year member of SGIA, ASI and PPAI and 40 year member of the Awards Recognition Association and the Memphis Chamber of Commerce.

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