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Meet Our Staff

 

Monty Holmes

President

I began working part time in the industry with my dad as a kid, and then in 1974 I started full time becoming manager of the department in 1976.  We started Athletic Awards in 1983, I then became president of the company in 1990, 2014 will be my 40th year in the industry.  I have 2 sons, Brett and Ben whom both work here as well.  In my spare time, I enjoy restoring classic cars; I believe they are rolling art.  I have restored two 1934 Cadillac v-16s that I have taken to cars shows and received 2nd  Place at Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and in Kirkland at the Concours d'Elegance I received 1st place and 100 points for a perfect score.  I also serve on the board of the Hydroplane Race Boat Museum.  I enjoy spending time with my girlfriend, Katie; together we like to go camping, work around the house and garden, while caring for our two German Shorthaired dogs.


 

 Dave Mercer

Sales Manager

I started with Athletic Awards in 1989 after serving in the Air Force and working in theater management.  I've been able to watch different trends in the awards and promotional products change over the past 29 years.  I have two children, two grandchildren, and two grad dogs; even though I don't think I'm old enough for grandchildren!  I enjoy all sports, but baseball is my favorite.

 

 

Ben Holmes

Sales

I started as an engraver at Athletic Awards Co. which is my family's business, worked in manufacturing and now I'm concentrating on sales.  I am a Washington State University graduate and I love being a Coug. It seems I have a new interest every week but my lasting interests have been cars, motorcycles, electronics and being an audiophile. I love to learn and it seems I'm always doing research on random subjects.

 

 

Tim Shore

Engraving

I was born and raised in the Wilds of Montana (a.k.a. Bozeman - Home of Montana State University).  I settled in the Seattle area in the early 1990's and I have worked at Athletic Awards for most of that time.  I have a B.A. in Graphic Design from M.S.U. and a B.A. in Art History from the University of Washington.  I like to hone my trivia skills in hopes of one day competing on "Jeopardy" or "Price Is Right" (for which I'll need some coaching). 

 

 

Eric Priestley

Engraving

I'm a graphic artist of 12 years, originally from Michigan by way of California. I hold a BFA of Art & Design from The University of Michigan, where I focused in design and illustration. I've worked in interactive learning, social and mobile games, board games, publication, animation, branding, marketing and furniture fabrication. I'm new to engraving, and the transition has been very exciting! When I'm not working on side-projects I like to hike and camp in beautiful Washington State. 

 

 

Jerry Nash

Manufacturing

I grew up making trophies back in my home state of Idaho.  Athletic Awards took me on as an assembler when I made the move to Seattle for college.  I have made trophies most of my life.  My passion is for film.  Having collected around 300 movies and counting, it's safe to say that I am a movie junkie.  The natural thing for me is to also be a writer and filmmaker myself.  I have wrote, produced and directed three short films and edit my own work.  I am currently working on my first feature film and have high hopes for it.

 

 Chris Filios

Manufacturing

I was born and raised in the Bay Area. I moved to the northwest in 2003 as I attended Gonzaga University where I attained both my Bachelor's and Master's degrees. In 2010, I moved to Seattle and have been here ever since.I joined the Athletic Awards family in March 2018. I am a fan of pretty much every sport and have been a life-long fan of the Bay Area sports teams. I consider myself a simple person as I appreciate a good nap, enjoy a good meal, and always use an Oxford comma.

 

Sarah Gerke

Administrative Assistant 

I grew up near the small town of Kingston, WA and later moved to Las Vegas where I attended UNLV and earned a BS in Hotel Administration. After college I worked in the media industry where I enjoyed many opportunities to cover events as a photographer for the Los Angeles Times. I returned to Seattle in 2010 and love the endless variety of things to here. When I am not fulfilling my various duties at Athletic Awards, you’ll find me urban hiking the many staircases around the city with my dog, Coconut, and attending the Burning Man festival each year.