Sales & Marketing
April Llewellyn happily handles our customer requests, social media, and more. Her favorite part of this job is seeing customers with their ties and scarves and figuring out behind-the-scenes technical details. A Jill-of-all-trades, her previous roles include arts groups organizer, volunteer coordinator, and fine artist. When not working with the Shop4ties team, she enjoys illustrating, tending to her plants, and reading.
Ashley has been a freelance designer since 2012 and it’s given her the freedom to care for her boyfriend who is disabled. The work she does is never the same thing everyday which keeps things exciting. The most rewarding thing about her job is seeing her designs come to life and being able to say “I designed that!” When she’s not designing, she’s usually found visiting with her family, hanging out with her boyfriend or playing with their dog Nala.
Todd joined the Shop4ties team back in 2011 when an ad was put out to find another graphic designer. After receiving hundreds of submissions, Todd was chosen to join the team due to his amazing talent. Creative, multidisciplinary designer & art director, Todd has always had an eye for bold flavorful design. As an associate and independent contractor, Todd has worked with a gamut of clients, including Walt Disney World, Busch Gardens, Sea World, Pepsi and The Serena Williams Live Ultimate Run. When he’s not designing ties, Hawaiian shirts, t-shirts, large format signage, or websites, Todd enjoys walking his French Bulldog, Beignet, and eating empanadas.
Alina Saczek joined the Shop4ties team back in 2003 when she heard that Arnie Kapp was looking to hire a designer for his company. Shortly after meeting Arnie and taking a quick liking to him, she started designing ties/scarves for Shop4ties. With a BA in design from IIT, she has exhibited her artistic talents over a widespread of projects. Alina designed and produced rock t-shirts (including the 1984 Tour shirt for Van Halen), worked on large murals, painted portraits, and created corporate slide programs, among other things. She has worked with ad agencies, design studios, and packaging and publication companies, both freelancing and as a regular employee. Alina is our longest standing artist at Shop4ties and continues to always impress our customers with her creative designs and ability to satisfy each and every one of our customer’s needs.
CFO and Co-owner
Rhonda has been involved in the accounting and operations side of the business since 2006. As spouse of Arnie and mother of Becky, she has enjoyed working in this family run company that has been in existence since 1982. Before joining the Shop4ties family in 2006, Rhonda worked for GFG Management handling their payroll and accounting. She is now in charge of handling shipping and receiving as well as accounting. In her free time, Rhonda enjoys hanging out with her lovely six grandchildren, drawing and painting and walking her Tibetan terrier Bailey.
CEO and Co-owner
Becky joined the team in 2011 after moving back from Santiago, Chile and leaving a teaching career to join the family business. Graduating with a BA in Spanish literature and a MA in education, Becky has traveled all over the world and lived in many different places. Upon moving back to Chicago, Becky’s father was quick to open the doors for Becky to join the team and have someone to call his “partner.” Becky began working in customer service and marketing and is currently in charge of sales and operations. In Becky’s free time, she can be found hanging out with her two toddlers Rafael and Agustin, traveling, or reading a book.