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.
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.
Sales & Marketing
April Llewellyn happily handles customer requests and social media outlets. Her favorite part of this job is seeing customers with their ties and scarves. A Jill-of-all-trades, her previous roles include studio assistant, arts groups organizer, volunteer coordinator, and fine artist. When not working with Becky and Rhonda, she enjoys illustrating, tending to her plants, and reading.
Sales & Marketing
Keisha Washington is the newest member of the Shop4ties family. Before joining Shop4ties Keisha was a nanny, worked with art and antique restoration, and volunteered overseas. Keisha is heavily involved in volunteer work and hopes to make an impact in the world. When not working with the team she enjoys spending time with her family, playing video games and doing Yoga.
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.
Olin Kidd has been working as an illustrator for over ten years, with a background in children’s books, comic book art, cartooning, and pattern making. Most nights you’ll find him performing improv comedy around Chicago with one of his two teams, as he is a graduate of the iO Theater and Second City Conservatory. You can find more of his work at his portfolio site, olinthekidd.com