“Have phun,” said Sean Burns about the attitude of the company, which recently relocated to 683 Turquoise St. in North PB.
Burns, along with business partners Jared Lazar, Jesse Goodwick and Nicollee Peterson, runs the one-stop custom shop.
“We are constantly coming up with creative ways to have phun with our clients, they are part of our team,” said Burns, noting the scope of their work, and client diversity, "is what keeps our business phun. We identify consumer market trends and work with our clients one-on-one to develop out-of-the-box custom product solutions.”
Team Phun always strives to be creative in design with attention to detail while focusing on end goals. “Our brand management experience, and liaison to direct factory relationships, make us your full-package solution for any custom apparel or promotional items,” Burns said.
On its website, Team Phun cites GoPro, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Vans Warped Tour and Coronado Brewing Co. as clients. The business is celebrating its first licensing deal as the apparel distributor for the San Diego Tourism Authority, which is rolling out the release of its spring 2018 catalog.
Burns talked about how the team came together.
“The three of us all kind of had our own gigs,” he said. “Jared’s an artist, muralist. I came out of the corporate world doing sales. So I push all business development. Our third guy (Goodwick) is an engineer who manages all of our production and vendor relationships. We just hired Peterson to do advertising."
The business philosophy of Team Phun is simple: Always take care of the client.
"We aren't perfect,” confessed Burns. “But when there is a problem, it's an opportunity to make a lasting impression.”
And have phun.
“Parties, goofy messages, unique marketing concepts or cross-promotional opportunities allow for us to build relationships most other branding companies could care less about,” added Burns. “The concept is really, come in here and let your dreams go wild. Whatever your company, or organization is — we’ll make it happen.”
Client consulting is a specialty of the firm.
“We work with countless vendors,” Lazar said. “What you see on this wall (display of hats, T-shirts) is the greatest hits (of our work).”
Team Phun has a mascot, Ralph the rooster. “That was actually my great-grandad’s lamp,” said Burns of Ralph, and the origin of the mascot, which is prominently featured in their shop. Ralph's latest logo iteration depicts him as a Vegas cowpoke.
Is working at Team Phun fun?
“I’m very grateful that I get to create all day, every day,” concluded Lazar.