In 1997 Roy, the owner of G & B Supply, took a six month severance package from his former employer and began looking for business opportunities. Always interested in engraving, he began engraving custom trophies in his garage. Word spread that his work was of the highest quality, yet priced reasonably. As his reputation grew, he responded to the requests of his customers and expanded his business to include placing logos on shirts and other promotional products.
Roy and his wife, Terry, struggled with trying to find the right name for the business. They wanted the name to reflect two service philosophies: “We can put a logo on anything!” and “No matter what you need, we can do it!” The search for the right name to reflect the business ended when Terry suggested they call it G&B Supply – after their children Geoffrey and Briana!
As the business grew, they became too large to remain housed in their garage so they moved to a storefront where they could display samples. The new location provided the warehouse space and display area to help customers choose the right product for their corporation, reward program, league, school, or team. They expanded both their inventory and their services to meet their customers’ needs.
During this time of rapid growth, they began promoting a “Shop Local” campaign, linking the merchants of Danville to support each other. Roy attributes this program as a key to his success – “As independent businesses in a small town, it is important that we support each other by buying locally,” he says. “We have an excellent network of businesses, and I can refer my customers to other local businesses knowing that they will get quality service.”
Roy has an extensive history of community involvement and service. He belongs to three area Chambers of Commerce (Danville, Alamo, and San Ramon) and served on the Board of the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce for six years. Roy is an active member of the Danville Merchants Association and the Diablo Business Referral Network. Over the years he has volunteered in a variety of ways with the San Ramon Valley Girls Athletic League, Danville Little League, San Ramon Valley Little League, and Tassajara Little League.
With the migration of doing business on the internet, Roy strives to build the same hometown relationships he believes in – relationships built on trust, service, and a vast selection of top quality merchandise – no matter how far away the customer is. It’s the essence of his business — personal service. And Roy still tells his customers, “We can put a logo on anything!” and “No matter what you need, we can do it!”