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Meet the Team

 

Our nine staff, known affectionately as "Chromites", have worked together
an average of 18 years, not even counting founder Mike's 41 years.

They share over 150 years of imaging experience,
working in harmony to produce superior scans and prints... consistently.

They've all seen a thing or two and are willing and pleased
to share their experience with you.


Mike Borum, an engineer by education, entered commercial photography in 1971.  He specialized in creating imaginative, evocative images where none existed, on location and in the studio, for industry and advertising. 

Mike founded Chromatics in 1980 to supply superior processing for his E6 transparency films.  Chromatics quickly joined the ranks of the nation's top pro labs, introducing a wide range of precision film based services that served other commercial photographers, artists and many businesses.  Chromatics added digital imaging techniques beginning in 1992.

Mike loves photography and art and delights in being hands-on making beautiful images.  His innate drive for consistent excellence has kept Chromatics at the cutting edge of technology since its inception.

Today, 40 years later, the story continues.

Steven Rambo, our Operations Coordinator, has been here 24 years.  He runs, rarely walks and wears many hats!  Besides handling our bookkeeping, Steven handles countless administrative duties, along with shipping, helping with Customer Service and happily handling several client accounts.

Steven started in 1997 with our film processing but the variety of different departments he’s worked testifies to his intelligence & versatility.

He loves dogs, having rescued several, and is an avid film collector with over 2500 titles.  Steven habitually plays pool once a week, sometimes stunningly and sometimes embarrassingly.  Having collected American postage stamps since he was a kid, Steven also spices up some of our outgoing mail with beautiful old, unneeded, but still usable stamps.  What a guy!

Trudy Jansing, our resident comedienne, missed her stage calling and ended up with the Chromites and our customers.  She excels in Customer Service at keeping everyone entertained with good humor.

For 10 years, Trudy's down-home style has made her a favorite, with an endearing, heart-felt desire to identify customer's needs and make sure they're well-satisfied.

With many years in the darkroom before the digital revolution, Trudy knows what looks good.  She now gives great advice when scanning art and choosing from modern fine art media and finishing possibilities.

 

David Bolin  is an experienced recent hire in Customer ServiceMore about David very soon.

Janet Hunter  joined us in 1996 when Chromatics began offering C41 film processing & RA4 printing. She had practically grown up in the darkroom, with enlargers as her Barbies.

Janet studied art and taught color printing at Nashville Tech.  With a keen sense of how an image should look, she’s not only survived the digital revolution, but thrived in its ever-changing environment.

Her color skills are extraordinary & Janet now runs our Art Reproduction Department, in addition to preparing files for our custom prints.  A soft-spoken demeanor belies her amazing skill and talent.

In Janet's spare time she’s Mom to a very successful musician son and has enjoyed renovating a 1945 home with her husband.


Justin Hudson  joined Chromatics in 2020 to train with the soon-to-retire Scott Rambo.

Not only is he an experienced digital print technician, Justin is a classically trained guitarist who’s played gigs around Nashville since 2005.  He even worked quality control at Gibson Guitar, checking instruments for imperfections.

When not printing our customers' images to look their best, Justin’s time is devoted to family life with his wife, two children and the great dane puppy.

You may still find him occasionally playing solo classical guitar at weddings, parties and even wine tastings so don't hesitate to get acquainted.  Just ask, “Are you Justin?”

As a native Nashvillian, Terry Baggett relishes watching his hometown evolve and looks forward to its future development.

Since boyhood, Terry has enjoyed making things.  That instinct, he feels, led him to his chosen career since 1997 at Chromatics.  After operating the Lambda digital photographic printer for many years, Terry took over the Finishing Department where he loves mounting big prints, especially the gorgeous acrylic facemounts.

He sees artwork come through the doors that he feels is "second to none", saying that he takes great personal pleasure figuring out how to showcase our customers' unique talents.

In the end, it's the expression on a very satisfied customer's face that makes his job so rewarding.

Jesse Bulla  was "new" in 2016 and quickly became a vital Chromite.  He loves working with his hands, learning about all kinds of materials and is a frighteningly quick study.

Coming from a musical family, Jesse developed a passion for visual arts at a young age.  He studied painting, sculpture & printmaking to earn a BFA at MTSU.

He says, "I'm incredibly lucky to work at Chromatics surrounded by art & working hands-on producing beautiful work."  Jesse also runs a blacksmithing business, making hand-forged Viking jewelry to sell online around the world.

Painting, writing music, reading and enjoying the outdoors consume Jesse's leisure time.  He wouldn't likely tell you but he's also a heck of a fiddle player, as are his entire family of professional musicians.

Jamie Goodsell  was carrying a camera by age 9 in upstate NY.  After earning his BFA in Photographic Imaging at The Art Institute of TN, Jamie served as in-house photographer for Third Man Records for eight years where he immersed himself photographically in the Nashville music scene.

With his love of photography and passion for quality, Jamie was also a customer and is now a natural fit here.  His duties in Giclee printing and Cruse art scanning carry him all over Chromatics.

Jamie’s an avid record collector, loves writing about music and working with film.  He has a few favorite film camera’s he loves to use and discuss.

 

 

Recent Chromites We Wish Well

Vicki Moore  RETIRED Feb 25, 2021 after 27 years!!
She joined Chromatics in 1994 as its first Human Resources Manager.  With multiple degrees and an impressive resume, Mike could hardly believe she'd work for our little company but she said she wanted a more "hands on" job.  Great!!  She eagerly learned the imaging industry.

As Chromatics evolved, Vicki became Associate General Manager, being hands-on in all aspects of the company.  She left in 2002 & returned after another corporate stint, in 2006.  Much had changed upon her return and she, once again, changed with it.

Vicki's now retired as Operations Manager and Head of Customer Service.  She's still lovingly referred to as "Mama Bear" by the Chromites.

Vicki still immerses herself in dog rescue activities and picking for her booths in antique markets.

Scott Rambo  RETIRED on Oct 1, 2020, after 35 years!!!  Scott and wife Barbi have moved to New Orleans for food and fun.  He had joined us in 1986, just after earning his Bachelor’s in Mass Communications with a Photography emphasis from Middle Tennessee State University.

Scott still recalls the film days affectionately.  He handled the critical Art Copy and Large Format Trans Duplication, creating the very accurate color film transparencies required for all kinds of art reproductions and color separations used by offset printers before digital was invented.

As Production Manager coordinated workflow between all departments.  Just as vital were Scott's problem-solving skills.  He prepared graphics and image files for printing, restores old images, deals with computer updates and breakdowns and even the occasional facility problem.

Having lived in New Orleans in a previous life, Scott's dreams came true!

Michelle Bulla  recently left to pursue her new career as a massage therapist.  Michelle was our latest find, our 2019 Chromite and we'll miss her.   She's a creative and talented boudoir and wedding photographer and has a genuine understanding and appreciation of images.

Michelle's a quick study and soon became vital to production, floating wherever needed.  Customer service often stole her, too, where her pleasant and capable demeanor served our clients well.

She's always been a jack of all trades.  Michelle practices and teaches yoga to appreciative students as well as being a devoted dog and plant mom.  Deep diving into holistic health and wellness, as well as the enneagram has become handy in volunteering at Nonprofits, guiding trauma survivors to safety and wholehearted living.

 

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