Margi Swett has owned VAE for 25 years

Margi Swett has owned Vermont Awards & Engraving, Inc. for more than 25 years

Last July 1 marked the 25th anniversary of my husband, Steve, and my purchase of what was then Vermont Trophy & Engraving. I wrote a business profile about the experience for the Vermont Business Magazine. HERE is a link to it.

We have moved the business location three times, have had many staff - some fabulous, some interesting, some just strange - come, go, and stay, 5 dogs and most difficult, Steve's early onset Alzheimer's.  Steve is now in a residential care home, but the business continues the mission we set out to achieve - caring, old-fashioned customer service and committed, well-trained crafts-people making superior awards, signs, gifts and trophies. Our first engraver, Jeff Dow, came up with out tag line, "Recognition is Respect Made Visible" and we focus on it constantly.

After all these years, most days it is, still, really fun to go to work!