Whether it’s a B2C or B2B, small or mid-sized businesses or nonprofits, at the end of the day it’s all about people. The people of Allegra in Cottonwood are ready to take on all of your Design, Web and Print needs.
We’ve been working with businesses and organizations much like yours in the Cottonwood region since 2008 and we remain committed to you and our community.
An Air Force brat, Kellie was born in Colorado, went to kindergarten in Yokota, Japan, and also lived in Biloxi, Mississippi and Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Her family relocated to Tucson in 1970, where her father eventually retired.
After high school and a year at the University of Arizona studying vocal performance, Kellie relocated to be with family in Dallas, Texas, where she lived for almost ten years. In 1980, Kellie began her long career in the printing industry when she joined her cousins’ typesetting business. Kellie continued to hone her craft in the Dallas area, eventually owning and operating A to Z Typesetting at the age of 23.
In 1987, Kellie moved back to Tucson to start a family, continuing her print career at Andresen Typography. Beginning as a proofreader, she eventually became Project Manager for Andresen’s top customer.
As traditional typesetting gave way to home computers, Kellie grew with the industry where she had the opportunity to work in such diverse areas as agency advertising, book design and publishing, digital photography, wide-format graphics and packaging design. Her experience gave her a keen eye for print and copy quality, ensuring that her customers received the most professional and error-free product possible.
In 2015, her beautiful daughters grown and on their own, Kellie went into semi-retirement in Rosarito Beach, Mexico. Although she found the people wonderful, the Pacific Ocean beautiful, and the food bountiful, something was missing. After eighteen months, Kellie returned to Arizona’s beautiful Verde Valley, confirming that she is indeed a “mountain” person more than a “beach” person.
She loves working at Allegra in Cottonwood and getting to know its customers. She is particularly proud of making her local mark with her designs and layouts for the variety of items Allegra produces.
Kellie happily resides in Verde Lakes with her dogs, Francie and Tippie, cats Minnie and Mickie, and assorted fish friends. A retired quilter, she enjoys exploring the area with her dogs, doing jigsaw puzzles, stocking her resale booth in Camp Verde, and cheering on her beloved Diamondbacks.
Allyson was born in London, England, then moved to Cold Springs in upstate New York, where she lived until the age of twelve. She attended boarding school in Washington, Connecticut before moving to Phoenix. She lived in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area for thirty-three years and subsequently moved to the Verde Valley to be closer to her fiancé and to enjoy the beautiful scenery. She currently resides in Cornville.
Allyson worked in the printing industry for over twenty years while in Phoenix. She specialized in running printing presses, digital presses and cutters to produce quality work. “I feel very accomplished when I get to see the final product,” she says, “creating books, forms, business cards and all things printed.”
She loves hiking, kayaking, fishing and camping. An avid rider, she gets a lot of joy working on and maintaining her own motorcycles. She is working toward having a home with acreage where she can plant a vegetable garden and find a place for quiet solitude.
“My goal is to learn something new every day and to enjoy what I am doing.” Allyson says that her job at Allegra has given her a unique opportunity to learn new and exciting technology. “I am getting to meet wonderful customers, provide excellent customer service and be part of a great team. I am fortunate to be able to work somewhere I love.”
Charlotte grew up in southeast Michigan, known for its numerous lakes and verdant scenery. She earned four degrees from Michigan universities, the most recent a PhD in Instructional Technology. She has been teaching in traditional and on-line settings for over twenty years and has extensive background in human resource development and counseling.
Moving to Arizona to escape the long, gray winters of Michigan, Charlotte is delighted to now live in an area where the sun shines most of the time and overcast days are the exception. She and her husband Steve opened Allegra Design Print and Signs in 2007. In the ensuing years, she has become adept at crafting print, sign and promotional products to maximize the impact of customers’ messages.
Despite Arizona’s heat and dry soil conditions (very different from her native state), she still enjoys the challenge of desert gardening, and has beautiful roses and fruit trees to show for it. Often, you may also find her curled up with her five cats, engrossed in a murder mystery.
Her five-year plan includes hitting the road in a new RV and managing the business remotely. She has also set her eye on writing a newspaper column, providing local businesses with practical advice on improving the performance of their operations.
Faith and family come first in Charlotte’s life. Responding to their needs and being a supportive force in their lives is paramount. This same caring nature can be seen in her relationships with her customers.
“Providing customer service and high-quality print and promotional products to our customers is a primary goal for me,” she says. “I like the interaction with customers and helping them meet their goals for their businesses. It is such a thrill to be able to work together to resolve a problem or convey their message.”
Steve was born and raised in southeast Michigan. His college education reflects his wide ranging interests, having studied anthropology and linguistics, American Sign Language and electrical engineering. He finally settled down and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Technology Management from Lawrence Technological University.
Steve was hired by Michigan Bell in 1968 and, as he likes to put it, “I was looking for a summer job and finally left after 38 years.” During that time he worked as a technician installing and servicing a wide variety of technologies, as an instructor and training manager, and as supervisor both in Michigan as well as California.
Once he left the industry, he decided to open a business in northern Arizona to enjoy the warmer weather and the spectacular scenery. He opened Allegra Design Print and Signs in February of 2007. In its first years, Allegra Cottonwood won several consecutive sales awards, thanks in large measure to the excellent business climate in the Verde Valley. Under his leadership, the business has grown over the years to serve customers across the United States.
Steve likes to hike and volunteer for local charities in his spare time. He loves to travel, especially to Europe, and was once an active musician, singing and playing several instruments.
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