For almost 50 years, Kwik Kopyshop has been meeting copying, printing and graphic design needs in Montgomery, and for 30 of those years, Keri Watts has been a part of it. She’s proud of the part she and the business play in other local businesses’ communication and marketing efforts.
How long have you worked at Kwik Kopyshop and what is your role? I manage sales and production at our downtown location. I started working as a teenager tagging along with my dad, Tommy Nichols, who founded Kwik Kopyshop, in the summers. After graduating from Auburn University in 1991, when I started seeking jobs in Birmingham and Atlanta, my dad hired me. I came on fulltime in computer supply sales. Now, I have the privilege of working with my dad every day.
What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in your business in the last decade? The speed and quality with which we can produce documents. We’ve also made changes to stay relevant in the digital age. We now have an online presence for ordering convenience.
What is your favorite part of your job? Besides getting to work with my family and the best co-workers, I love working with and building relationships with my customers. I get to work with clients on projects like logistic signage or conference printing, and then help some of those same customers with personal projects like wedding announcements or birthday banners. I love hearing about all of the happenings they are planning and helping them create the perfect communication for their event. We get to help people get their businesses off the ground by steering them in the right direction with their print collateral.
Any recent milestones? Kwik Kopyshop is celebrating its 45th year in business. We feel truly blessed to have the opportunity to serve customers in our region.
What are your interests outside of work? I love to be outside hiking, camping, hunting or digging in the dirt. I recently completed the Alabama Trailblaze Challenge, a Make-a-Wish fundraiser where we hiked 26.3 miles in one day. Along with my teammate Melissa Orr, we have raised more than $10,000 over the last two years.
“We are a family owned and operated business. My mom, three sisters, brother-in-law, niece and my kids have all worked for Kwik Kopyshop at some point.”