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Paul Hosie, Owner and 3M Preferred Graphics Installer
When Paul Hosie landed a part-time job at 15 in an auto trim shop, he didn’t realize how quickly he’d get hooked on an industry he’d eventually lead as one of the most established and reputable vinyl vehicle wrap and sign business southwestern Ontario.
“Almost immediately I liked the creative aspect,” Paul explains. “And the fact that every day, there is a different challenge.”
“Back then (1978),” he adds, “personalizing one’s car meant auto graphics in pin stripes, ‘Starsky and Hutch’ style. “Determined to use vinyl in new ways, Paul remembers applying an early car wrap in order to create a two-toned 1984 Honda Civic.
By 1995, Paul founded his own company, Auto Trim DESIGN. Through the years, the reputation of the business for quality workmanship and service grew, attracting loyal customers across Canada, BC to Newfoundland, and the USA, California to New York State.
“We certainly developed the industry before it went main stream,” Paul notes. “We’ve always kept up with the latest innovations and our printing equipment provides an exact match. It means when clients send us their files, they know it’s going to be done right.”
These days, there’s almost no limit to what Auto Trim DESIGN can wrap: cars, trucks, boats, and recently, an RV for a TV commercial (although, as Paul notes, “only one side”!)
“The weirdest project,” he says, “was wrapping an old fashion bathtub for an Australian wine company display.”
He also describes the largest fleet wrapped at Auto Trim DESIGN— approximately 1500 vehicles for Bell Canada; and one of the most complex projects where they installed branded vinyl wraps on 2,000 change rooms for 17 GAP stores—all within 24 hours.
“Every day,” says Paul, “I look for the challenge I need to solve for a client—a creative approach, a production plan to make it look real and the way to install it right.”
A true family-run business, both Paul’s wife and sons work at Auto Trim DESIGN. When not figuring out the best way to wrap a vehicle or brand a building, Paul can be found on Lake Simcoe with his beloved motorboat, or traveling with his family.
To be the leader in the field of graphic image products, through team cooperation and superior service, build a safe, and profitable business for the benefit of all employees and customers.
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Jason, Project Manager
As Project Manager at Auto Trim DESIGN, Jason helps tailor each job to their production requirements as well helping the needs of each customer leaving them feeling proud. Jason directs our Graphic Design Department, which incorporates working close with our graphic design team to get our customer projects completed in a creative and timely manner. “I enjoy the great work environment and super staff. Our team is awesome and takes pride in giving you a great finished product.” On Jason’s days off you will find him skiing, playing PS4 with his kids and friends. For Jason, “Family is key.”
Franco, Graphic Designer
Expert at delivering smart, professional designs and creative thinking. Franco as well enjoys designing, and editing layouts, assisting graphic installers to producing custom vinyl decals. “I appreciate how well we all work together as a family to ensure that all jobs are completed on time with exceptional accuracy.” In Franco’s spare time, you will find him watching hockey, heading to the movies or playing video games with great friends.
Carrie Hosie, Owner and Accounts Manager
For Carrie, results are easy to see—and everywhere she goes, “We own a business where we see our creative abilities wherever we drive around,” she says. Carrie has been an owner in the family business since 1983, managing accounts and supporting whatever needs to be done to bring about the company’s success.
Kaleb Hosie, Business Manager
With forward thinking, Kaleb continues to look for new areas where Auto Trim DESIGN can thrive. He is also responsible for making sure that costs stay low, while never sacrificing the renowned reputation Auto Trim DESIGN has for impeccable quality and precision.
Calvin Hosie (CJ), Shop Manager
Deadlines and schedules are always on Calvin’s mind as he co-ordinates projects and juggles staff time to meet clients’ needs. As shop manager, he likes the fact that every job is unique, which demands lots of creativity and outside-the-box thinking. In his spare time, you can find Calvin biking, fishing, reading, or running (not necessarily in that order).
Shawn, Production Specialist
As production specialist, we will always see Shawn on his toes. You will see Shawn multi-tasking with various equipment to complete products, while helping provide the best quality assurance for our customers. Shawn enjoys at Auto Trim Design how we all help, teach and learn from each other – working as a team is important to us. In his spare time, Shawn likes to be able to relax, play video games and working on cars with his brothers.
Dave, Graphic Installer
As our professional certified Vinyl Graphic Installer, every day is different for Dave- may it be going on-site or booking customer installs in a timely and efficient manner. Working at Auto Trim DESIGN, Dave has been able to work with Paul and has come to appreciate how Paul knows everyone’s job, can/will jump in and help anything needed, with a sense of humor.” You will see Dave on his days off taking as much time as possible to spend with his family.
Leo, Graphic Installer
Leo is a trained and certified Vinyl Graphics Installer. He pursues perfection in his work and enjoys receiving positive feedback from our clients. He has built a solid reputation of integrity within the industry and has had clients highly praise his work. Outside of his professional life, Leo enjoys gardening, watching movies, and cycling in the beautiful weather.
Ben, Sales Representative
Ben’s “Customer Service First” attitude has allowed him to build business relationships that have lasted more than 25 years. “Unfortunately, in today’s me-first world, Customer Service has deteriorated over the years. However, I like to have the client feel that when I am working with them, that they are the only client I have at that time! Each day brings new opportunities and challenges and I look forward to working with our customers and providing them with what they need, when they need it!” Ben will always try to strive to make our customers happy and rises to the next challenge.
Kathryn, Sales Representative
Kathryn thrives on introducing Auto Trim’s extensive array of products and services to many markets. She will rise to any challenge, which has given her the motivation and enjoyment to help keep the needs of our customers first and provide the needed ability to help Auto Trim DESIGN’s ability to create and produce the best for our customers. Kathryn has appreciated the spirit and customer care we strive to achieve. While on her days off, Kathryn will be enjoying a good book and hiking.
Jessica, Administrative Assistant
Jessica is our newest addition in our administrative team. As Auto Trim DESIGN grows, Jessica is always there to extend her hand to help and support- may it be from customer care, development and implementing administrative systems, to providing support in production in order to keep our deadlines on point. “Working at Auto Trim DESIGN has helped challenge / motivate me to keep moving forward and finding new innovative ways to help improve our team and keep things running smoothly.” In her pass time, Jessica enjoys relaxing with her family and spending time with friends.
Maryah, Office Assistant
As the Office Assistant, Maryah ensures that Auto Trim DESIGN is running smoothly and staying organized. From processing orders to inputting bills-whatever is necessary to ensure the company’s success-she is always on the go! In her spare time, Maryah can be found hiking alongside her husband, snuggling her favourite feline, or having a spot of tea.
Joanna, Office Assistant
Joanna is always busy working towards customer satisfaction. Whether it be receiving phone calls, helping out customers in reception, packaging and shipping our quality products on time or helping with file retention. Joanna’s aim is to help make sure the office is run efficiently and that customers are happy. When Joanna is not at work, she can be found volunteering in the Spanish community, hanging out with friends or playing her guitelele and piano. “
Cooper, Customer Relationship Canine
Responsible for greeting, napping and boosting moral, Cooper’s been a part of company management for 8 years as lead Pomeranian. With an uncanny instinct for sensing when things are getting ruff, Cooper is always on hand to make you smile, or take you out for a walk. In his spare time, Cooper chews on toys and looks fluffy.