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Meet Sharon Meaden of Revived Glory Awards in Northwest Houston

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sharon Meaden.

Sharon, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Our company began as a business to employ young people with disabilities who wanted to work after graduating from high school. Our son, Mark, has many vocational skills and needed a special place to work. The idea of an awards business came to me after noticing a long- neglected box of old trophies lodged in the garage. With a little market research and informal polling, I found that many people were enthusiastic about repurposing their awards and were very supportive of such a “revived” awards business. So began Revived Glory Awards in 2013, a full service awards and recognition company providing top quality products while employing those with disabilities and reusing/recycling parts when appropriate.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
For the most part, it has been fairly easy along the way. We struggle with the small business administration areas such as implementing an appropriate inventory system and keeping up with the ever-important social media presence. We originally worked from our residence until we outgrew the space and needed room for retail displays, laser engraver and sublimination or color printer, We added additional Trophy Masters, as our employees are called, which necessitated leasing space in a retail center.

Please tell us about Revived Glory Awards.
We provide a variety of recognitions for all types of customers; teams, non-profits, corporations, churches and schools, individuals, etc. The recognitions may be conventional trophies, plaques, custom medals and ribbons, or, creative, unique championship belts, chili-cookoff and other specially-designed awards for our customers.

Personalized gifts, such as cutting boards, coasters, trivets, wine and BBQ boxes are best sellers, especially as awards for employees and donors, and gifts for special occasions. Customers especially like our unique products and the idea of supporting our capable young people as they begin their vocational lives after high school.

Revived Glory Awards is the only company in Texas, and probably the US that has a recycling program for discarded awards. We get many inquiries from people from all over the country who are intrigued by our story and want to support by donating their awards and purchasing our products. These awards come from Florida, California, Hawaii, and all over Texas.

In addition, our company places customer service as our highest priority. We endeavor to listen carefully to their needs, requests, then design or suggest an appropriate product and complete and or/deliver on time. Their satisfaction is how we receive the referrals for additional business. Our customers are our best advertising.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
As I walked to elementary school each day, I would pass a large home on the corner with a tall fence around the perimeter. Young children, elementary age, would run to the fence and look at us as we walked by. We knew that they were different, and that they lived there with an older women. I always wondered why they weren’t going to school at the same time as us, and why they didn’t live with their parents.

This was back in the 50’s, and my first introduction to what life was like for those with disabilities. Possibly it has been because of this experience that I continue to be motivated to this day, to insure that our son and others like him are able live and work as integral citizens within their communities and that they and their skills are valued. 

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