Submitted by Shane Mauldin, McKinney ISD
McKinney ISD is pleased to welcome local business, Popular Ink, to the Partners in Education program! Recently, McKinney ISD Superintendent Dr. J.D. Kennedy and Partners in Education Specialist Nancy Cowlishaw visited the company’s new facility to present President/CEO Dru Riess and Executive VP Ray Salinas with a plaque to honor Popular Ink’s support of McKinney ISD.
Riess and Salinas provide expert business and marketing input as members of the district’s Career and Technical Education Advisory Council, offering insight into the skills that graduates must possess to succeed in today’s marketplace. In addition, they serve as a real-world resource for McKinney ISD’s business and marketing classes.
A few years ago, Riess and Salinas took a struggling McKinney business and transformed it into Popular Ink, a now-thriving flexible-graphics printing company with a promising future. They started in a barn, sometimes sleeping on cots and often working around the clock to fill orders — earning customer business with great product and an unflagging work ethic. Now, they are not only successful businessmen, but also great role models for McKinney ISD students.
“I am so excited for these two entrepreneurs to partner with McKinney ISD and share their story of success with MISD students,” said Cowlishaw.
The time and resources that local businesses like Popular Ink bring to the Partners in Education program help make a difference where it matters most — in the lives of our children.
Pictured: (l-r) McKinney ISD Superintendent Dr. J.D. Kennedy, Popular Ink President/CEO Dru Riess, Executive VP Ray Salinas and Partners in Education Specialist Nancy Cowlishaw