In the year since joining Nashville City Club, Luke Sigle has attended as many events as he can.
As a sales consultant for Vernon Company, a big provider of promotional products, Luke works from home but also travels frequently. The City Club has provided a home base for making both personal and professional connections.
“Our industry is very relational-based,” he says. “I can work with any people anywhere, and some of my biggest clients are in New York, California and Florida.”
Vernon makes promotional products and apparel for companies and organizations to help them stand out and make lasting impressions. Digital age aside, physical calendars and planners remain popular, though the biggest growth is in technology-related products, including branded charges, wires and bags with gear pockets.
Color also is on trend, as they say. Technology for four-color process printing is much more affordable than five years ago, making it easy to create beautiful, impactful products, Luke says.
“Every company is coming out with a four-color imprint, and it really expands a company’s reach,” he says.
He’s been with Vernon for three years, following four-plus years at N Zone Sportswear.
Earlier this month Luke launched his own venture, which leverages his experience with promotional products and adds a Music City twist. The QickPick Cap is a custom cap with a slot for a guitar pick in the visor. He filed for the U.S. Patent in November.
“I was trying to think of cool ideas for music products. Guitar players typically will put them in their mouths and I thought why not sell a cap and guitar pick together?” Luke says. “It is easier to sell a unique product.”
Luke Sigle and his wife, a PhD candidate at Vanderbilt, relocated to Nashville from Manhattan, Kansas. He met City Club member Ryan Turbeville and Ashlee Polk, our member relations manager, at a YP Nashville event and joined the club soon after.
“I work from home and was looking for a place to network and meet people,” he says. “It has absolutely been worth it.”