Team Champion - The Line Up
Mike Bowen - Founder / CEO
My brother and I started printing t-shirts in 1977. Mainly so our mom wouldn’t kick us outta the house after flunking out of college. I ventured off for a bit. He stuck with it. We got back together in ’82 and I’ve been “The T-Shirt Guy” ever since. Maybe folks just can’t remember my name. I’ve printed and embroidered over 125 million tees, but I still get giddy over seeing one on the street we may have printed yesterday. My secret weapon, my rock, and my best friend is my wife, Suzie. A super team of professionals, two great sons and a wonderful nephew also have my back. After 34 years, I’m excited for this next chapter!
Suzie Bowen- Chief Financial Officer
I have been the Bookkeeper at Champion (CFO is my fancy title) since 1989. My favorite thing in the world is to cook, and cooking for my boys and hubby on Sundays when we can all get together is fantastic! Family is everything. I am also a mean trout fisherwoman and I love to bike. I also stay very busy managing rentals of our vacation home in Florida so one day I can just work from there! My real passion is helping abused and neglected children through the Exchange Club Family Center of Memphis.
Bill Kinkade - Vice President of Sales
As a refugee from Southern CA in the 70’s, I met the love of my life in Oxford, MS. We’ve been married over 35 years and now have 3 beautiful grandsons (sure wish there was a grand-princess in the mix). Our careers have been blended for the past 30 years as we work together every day. Outside of the t-shirt biz, I represent North Mississippi in the House of Representatives and enjoy gardening, fishing, hunting and generally loving life.
Brandon Conners - Vice President of Operations
Though I was born and raised in Memphis, I’m a University of Tennessee Vols fan through and through. I love college football, peanut butter and a good workout. I joined Team Champion in 2002, while I was in high school, and I’ve been here ever since.
Sarah Kinkade - Director of Graphics & Purchasing
Born in Alabama, live in Mississippi and work in Tennessee….I’m a true southerner with a heart of gold and a killer instinct. I was born and bred into this business, so I’m most comfortable in throws of production. I came to know T-Shirt Champions in the 1980’s when my parents began their long time career with the company. I was just a little girl when I first came here but with my vast experience and understanding of the technical aspects of this craft, I’ve become really good at producing the best of the best in custom apparel!
Colby Bowen- Customer Care Executive
Growing up as the son of the “The T-Shirt Guy” I spent most summers folding and selling t-shirts. I’ve been prancing around Champion since I was 3 years old, bugging employees and begging to help. Nowadays, I try to spend less time prancing and more time doing “grownup” things, whatever that means. I love to travel and learn about other countries, but I never get tired of being here in Memphis. I especially love downtown Memphis, which is where I share a bachelor pad with my black Lab and partner in crime, Jackson.
Patrick Brown – Customer Care Executive
I was born and raised in Memphis, TN where I graduated from Booker T. Washington High School. My daughter Danyia was born in 2011, just two years after I started with Champion. I began as a quality controller, checking every t-shirt that came off the press. Then, I managed our warehouse and made sure everything was shipped just right! I’m now a member of our Customer Care Team, so, I’ve been around the block a time or two. Let me help you create your custom t-shirts!
Mitch Foust- Graphic Artist
I am an artist from right here in Memphis, TN. I have a passion for producing fantasy artwork and Game of Thrones. Producing artwork has become a way of life, not just a job. I still live in Memphis with my wife and two children. I graduated from Memphis State University (I guess the youngins call it The University of Memphis now!) with a Marketing degree of all things. Who knew!
Rick Lawrence- Graphic Artist
A Memphian by birth, I’ve spent the last 23 years designing and illustrating art across the Mid-South. I’m a father of five (yes, they’re a handful) and a husband of twenty-four years. I’ve created all sorts of designs ranging from tee shirts to NASCAR racecars. Being mindful of the best way to communicate my clients’ message creatively and accurately is very important to me. I truly enjoy turning your ideas into reality so let me help you design!