Franchot honors Easton printing business
August 21, 2017
By Josh Bollinger
EASTON — Comptroller Peter Franchot stopped in Easton Friday, Aug. 18, to honor a local family printing business, Bay Imprint.
Franchot gave owners Scott Spector and Brenda Fike, along with Scott's parents who started the business in 1981, Brian and Cherie Spector, comptroller medallions and presented them with an official state citation "in recognition of your commitment to providing first class promotional products to clients in the mid-Atlantic area since 1981, and special appreciation for your industry experience, your contributions to Maryland’s economy, your excellent customer service. Best wishes for continued growth, success and prosperity."
Brian Spector said he started Bay Imprint in the middle of a recession, and his wife Cherie was pregnant with Scott, so "the timing wasn't the greatest."
"But it ended up working out and they (Scott and Brenda) have really grown the business exponentially already and they've done a great job," Brian Spector said.
Fike, whose background is in fine art, said she and Scott were living in Silver Spring and working in Washington, D.C., about five years ago when Scott's dad was getting ready for retirement and to sell the business.
"We put our house on the market, found a house here, bought the business and move back all just like that because we didn't want the business to leave the family," Scott Spector said.
Despite Brian's retirement, Fike said her in-laws are regularly at the shop and are "a crucial part of the business every day." They have been able to double their staff and the size of the business since the two took over operations.
"It makes me extremely proud of my children," Cherie Spector said of Franchot honoring Bay Imprint. "They have worked very hard since they've taken over this business and they've done exactly what we hoped they would do, they have grown it ... and they enjoy doing it."
Franchot said he has visited about 9,000 businesses in 10 years to get on-the-ground information about the state's economy.
"It's important for statewide officials to be available and accountable and transparent," Franchot said. "You pick up a lot of information just doing these kinds of gatherings and I just spoke to the chamber of commerce down the road, and it’s more helpful to me than people know because you get a real sense of the economy rather than just the data."