This month, we'd like to introduce you to Jim Mayer, who has been working with Eco Partners for nearly two decades. Mayer works on, as he calls it, "the nuts and bolts" of each issue, laying out most versions of the newsletter with all of the art, text, and photos into the familiar four-column style.
"I create a file for proofing, then we go through a series of edits until we have an issue that I, Elizabeth, and the client are all happy with," he said.
An art minor from DePauw University, Mayer was working for The Creative Market when he was first introduced to Eco Partners in the early 1990s. He continued to design layout for Eco Partners after moving to his own full-time business around 1997.
"I've been happy ever since, working out of a studio above my garage," he said. "My favorite part of my job is the commute."
Mayer has enjoyed working with Elizabeth and Eco Partners all these years. Eco Partners was one of the first clients Mayer had when he started his own business. His business isn't all he does, though.
"I'd like to say that I read a lot, but I don't. I have read the first chapter of the Harry Potter series about 10 times, but haven't managed to get past that," he said. "I golf when I get the chance, but with a 17-year-old daughter and a 13-year-old son, I find I don't have the time to do that very often. In other words, I'm a...happy, boring guy."
Even though Mayer claims he has "always been morally opposed to littering," he says that working with Eco Partners has shown him being an environmentally aware person doesn't have to be life-consuming.
"You don't have to live a Spartan life to do good things for the environment," he said. "You can be happy and do many little things that make a difference.