Meet the people behind Sportswood Printing
An experienced team that knows it’s more than just ink on paper.
Nothing says more about a company than its people. At Sportswood Printing, there’s a reason our team has an average tenure with the company of more than nine years — we simply love what we do and where we do it. The best part is our clients reap the benefits of a team of skilled professionals with more than two centuries worth of combined experience working at Sportswood alone.
Let our friendly, veteran team turn your vision into reality — on time and on budget.
President / Owner
Gary Foerster started with Sportswood Printing’s parent company, The Canadian Sportsman Ltd., in 1977 as the editor of the harness racing trade magazine established in 1870. He became an owner when Sportswood Printing was established in 1989 to print the magazine in-house. The experience of having The Sportsman printed by others, and then internally, informs how Sportswood operates today. “Everybody talks about customer service, but we actually excel at it,” Foerster said. “It comes from our history of being a printing client. We wanted a better experience when we were the customer and now we pride ourselves in giving our clients just that.”
Gary is involved in a number of organizations and currently serves as vice-chair of the board of governors at St. Paul’s University College at the University of Waterloo. He is also a member of the board of directors at the Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital and is a past chair and volunteer at the Tillsonburg Helping Hand Food Bank. An amateur chef, Gary is a former Standardbred horse owner still passionate about horses and is a lifelong fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs
Peter Spiering joined the Sportswood Printing team in 2005. For much of that time, he has been passionately overseeing the company’s day-to-day operations. He lives by a simple principle, “The customer has to be number one at all times. If the customer isn’t totally satisfied with what we do, then we don’t deserve their business.” In his spare time, Spiering and his wife act as mentors to other couples. “Being happy is a decision,” he said. At Sportswood, he couldn’t be happier. “I love what I do. It’s more than just a job. I almost feel like it’s a calling. It is the best staff I’ve ever worked with. When you appreciate everyone, you get so much back in return.”
Ben Lanthier joined the Sportswood team in January of 2013 after the retirement of longtime account manager Dick White. “I work with clients to provide the best possible recommendations for their printing needs,” Lanthier said. “And even if it is something completely beyond our scope, I will do my best to find the best solution. It’s not just about the sale; it’s about my relationship with all my clients.” Lanthier enjoys photography, golf and canoe tripping and guiding.
Since 1991, Tracy Morse has been Sportswood Printing’s anchor as the company administrator and office manager. She is also the person customers are most likely to hear on the other end of the company’s phone line. A yoga enthusiast, she also enjoys golf and the outdoors. Morse loves to entertain and travel to Calgary to visit her daughter.
Estimator / Project Coordinator
Miranda came to Sportswood in 2012. She was brand new to the “World of Print”; since then she has developed a passion for the industry and strives to continually provide excellent service – “It’s the Sportswood way”. She works alongside our clients preparing estimates and planning jobs. In her free time, Miranda enjoys cooking and baking. She has a serious sweet tooth and often brings in her goodies to share with the office. Miranda and her husband, fellow Sportswood employee, Josh Wall, enjoys eating good food, playing board games, and going on local adventures.
Mikyla is fairly new to our team. After working in the bindery department, she has settled into the position of office assistant, with years of experience and a lot of organization. When she is not working, Mikyla likes to express herself creatively through sewing and art projects. She also loves to be outdoors, playing sports and adventuring with her husband or curled up on her couch with a hot cup of tea!
Since he joined Sportswood Printing in 1995, pre-press specialist Yaron Reich has placed special emphasis on educating clients to help make their jobs go smoothly. “I pre-flight my clients’ files to ensure that once they hit the press they will land safely,” Reich said. An avid photographer, Reich also enjoys making his own cappuccino at home.
Beyond being a talented designer, Deanne Penny is thorough, proactive and has a strong attention to detail. She has worked at Sportswood Printing since 1997. When she’s not working she loves to travel, garden and spend time with family and friends.
Dean is our newest team member, with over 20 years of experience in print and design. He’s very knowledgeable and skilled in his design field, with the added bonus to create logos, develop brands and even design and build websites. In his spare time Dean loves to cook (home chef), exploring the big outdoors, design, deejaying and play online video games (yes, a bit of a geek :)).
Dennis Froude found his niche in the fall of 1982 when he started working in the bindery department of another printer. He carried that passion to Sportswood Printing in 2000. For over 20 years, Froude and his wife, Sheila, have been proud foster parents to over 25 children, many with special needs. He also loves to fish and watch hockey.
Assistant Bindery Supervisor
Leigh Toft has worked for Sportswood Printing since 2007 as a key cog in the bindery department. A volunteer firefighter in the town of Langton, Toft spends most of his free time supporting his kids’ sports activities.
Wide Format Technician
Justina Harder came to work at Sportswood Printing in 2013 as an assistant in a number of areas, including the HP Indigo digital press. She enjoys spending time with her husband and son, especially while camping, fishing or walking in the woods.
Darrell brought his many years of customer service and delivery experience to Sportswood in 2015. Darrell prides himself on being timely, friendly and is a crucial part of the company’s customer service team. When not on the road for Sportswood, Darrell enjoys travel and spending time with family and friends.
Gerald Ross has been a pressman for over 40 years and has worked at Sportswood Printing since 2000. An avid outdoorsman, Ross loves going to his hunt camp on Pickerel River.
Tony Vandermoer has worked as a pressman at Sportswood Printing since 2007, but has been a lifelong motorcycle rider. Since 2002, Vandermoer has owned a Suzuki Volusia that he loves to take on long bike trips. He also loves to hunt and is a Detroit Red Wings fan.
Dale McKenney has been manning Sportswood Printing’s big press since 2008. When he’s not at work, McKenney loves hanging out with his daughter, watching hockey or heading to the great outdoors to hunt or fish.
Cameron Brooks has loved his trade ever since becoming a pressman at the age of 21. He’s worked for Sportswood Printing since 2008. He enjoys spending time with his two boys or working on classic cars. Since he was 16 he has been the proud owner of a ’77 Chevy Nova that is still in mint condition.
HP Indigo Operator
Sue Epp has been at Sportswood since 2009 wearing many hats, most notably our HP Indigo 5500 press Operator. She enjoys painting, sketching and spending much time as possible with family and being outdoors. Her favourite motto is “Positive Mind, Positive Vibe, Positive Life!
Before Josh Wall came to work at Sportswood Printing in 2012, he was a part-time cook in a small diner. He still loves to cook, fix computers, and rebuild bicycles. “I’m good with my hands,” he said.
Anna Unrau has been working in Sportswood Printing’s bindery department since 2006. Unrau, who has 10 siblings, enjoys spending time with family and friends and loves to cook. Her specialty is homemade buns, chicken noodle soup, and perogies. At least once a year she travels to Manitoba to visit her mother and four of her seven sisters.
Goodlife Assistant Coordinator & Bindery
Since 2008, Sara Funk has worked in the bindery department. When she’s not at Sportswood Printing, the former saxophone player likes to spend time cooking or shopping with her sons.
Anna Epp has been with Sportswood Printing since 2008 working in the bindery department and cleaning the office. A Toronto Blue Jays fan, Epp also enjoys reading, especially Christian romance novels and some horror. Epp is currently improving her skills as a student at the Livingston Centre in Tillsonburg.
Anna W. Epp
Anna W. Epp has been with the Sportswood Printing team since 2013 in a variety of roles, mostly bindery. In her spare time she loves to work out and bake, often creating her own recipes.
Shipping / Receiving
Tina started in 2016 at Sportswoods’ bindery division and has recently moved into shipping. In Tina’s spare time she enjoys hiking, swimming, spending time with family and friends. Her newest interest is gardening which gives her some relaxation.