Left Coast T-Shirt Company - Meet Our Staff
David Whitaker started Left Coast T-Shirt Company, his second business, in early 2003. He started his first business, an ecommerce company, in 1999 while simultaneously studying computer science and working as a programmer at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. A desire to save on printed apparel for his existing company led him to begin his own screenprinting operation which eventually moved to the forefront. David sold his first business, the ecommerce company, in 2006, after simultaneously running both companies for three years. He then turned all of his focus to operating Left Coast T-Shirt Company. As with most residents of San Luis Obispo, he does whatever he can to find some time outdoors. In fact, on any given day off he may be found scuba diving, rock climbing, swimming, biking, running, or traveling.
David is also a graduate of Leadership SLO, class 17, and an active participant and volunteer at the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce.
Whitney Reis is our Customer Service Manager. She sees to it personally that all clients are given excellent service and that their orders are handled as efficiently and carefully as possible. A Cal Poly graduate with a focus in Human Resources and Management, she has been at Left Coast T-Shirt Company since June of 2009. Whitney is a food and wine enthusiast and is an active participant and volunteer at the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce. As a fourth generation local, she swears that she’ll never leave the central coast.
Julie Gibson acts as our office helper and general go-to girl at Left Coast T-Shirt Company. She helps with various office tasks, but mostly does bookkeeping, HR tasks, and ordering. Julie moved to the Central Coast from Seattle, WA where she completed a degree in English Literature. Attracted by the bright sunshine and family in the area, Julie is enjoying her return to California life, spending most of her free time in the water or on the beach. When the fog rolls in though, Julie likes to get cozy with a good book or work on a crafty project.
Christopher Pitts Born and raised along the Gulf Coast of Alabama, Christopher is our one and only Fulfillment Specialist! After eventually ending up in Florida, Chris decided to trade the signature Florida heat and humidity for the beautiful weather of the Central Coast. Chris is a video game and superhero enthusiast and spends his free time keeping up with the latest pop culture and video game news. He is also the proud father of two adorable dogs.
Noemi Vargas joined our team as a Customer Service Assistant, but quickly worked her way up to a full blown Customer Service Supervisor. A Central Coast native who never wants to leave the area, Noemi graduated from Cal Poly with a degree in Graphic Communication. When not working, she enjoys the beautiful SLO weather while being outdoors, hiking, taking a walk on the beach, and watching a good movie with family and friends.
Keith Butler is one of our Customer Service Representatives and has been with the company since July 2016. Keith recently moved from Tehachapi to beautiful San Luis Obispo. He enjoys spending his free time with his two young children and wife. He loves listening to music as well as attending concerts, running, camping and generally being outdoors.
Peter Raines our Petaluma born and raised Customer Service Representative has been with our company since March of 2015. In his spare time, he coaches Ultimate Frisbee at Cal Poly. He also loves music, camping, and exploring the Central Coast.
Danielle Hoppa Born and raised in San Diego, Danielle Hoppa has been with our company since February of 2015. Before becoming a talented customer service representative, Danielle enjoyed playing the trumpet throughout middle and high school. She was even a drum major her senior year of high school! She also enjoys family movie nights, baking, listening to music, and spending the holidays with her loved ones.
Jessica Whalls Is our Retail Fulfillment and Social Media Specialist. Originally from the Central Coast though she moved to the mid-west for a brief time, but came back because she missed the ocean too much and won’t dare leave it again. When not at work, she's usually running around with her pup, surfing, fishing, or taking a nice camping or surf trip out of town. She also been practicing yoga for two years and training to become a certified instructor. Her other loves include music, classic literature, and horseback riding.
Adrian Piña is one of our skilled graphic designer and Photographer here at Left Coast. Born and raised in Los Osos, Adrian moved to Long Beach to attend college and graduated with a 4.0 GPA as the salutatorian of his class. He has since moved back to the Central Coast and has two beautiful children. He is passionate about all things skateboarding-including skateboard art!
Evan LaForce In June of 2015, we were lucky enough to have Evan LaForce join our team as a Graphic Designer. Originally from Santa Rosa, Evan moved to beautiful San Luis Obispo to attend Cal Poly. He loves the outdoors, listening to music and working out. He is also an avid golfer and self-proclaimed pick-up-basketball MVP. He hopes to eventually move to the big city to pursue bigger ventures in Graphic Design, Marketing and Apparel Design.
Christie Greening is our screenprinting manager. With over twenty years of experience in screenprinting, she personally oversees all print production and print staff. Christie initially moved to the central coast of California for college and it was here that she discovered a passion for printing. She joined Left Coast T-Shirt Company in its youth, bringing with her hands-on experience and expertise. When not working, she is likely to be found playing volleyball. And being an avid hiker and camper, Christie loves to take advantage of the natural beauty of San Luis Obispo County.
Dave Andrade is our "Second Dave", but more importantly, he is our skilled Embroidery Manager. His close attention to detail allows us to achieve the highest level of quality. Originally from Ventura County, and after living in different parts of the country, Dave moved to the Central Coast to work for Left Coast T-Shirt Company. On his days off he enjoys playing the guitar and bicycling for exercise.
Spencer Antone Originating from Pensacola, Florida, Spencer Antone makes up our entire Shipping and Receiving Department! Spencer moved to California for the amazing weather and the vast job opportunities. He is an avid video game player, as well as a psychology major. In his spare time, he enjoys restoring and rebuilding old computers.
Torrey Hedgepeth is the Safety Manager and Press Operator in our screen printing department. When not on press you can find him fine tuning safety guidelines and updating MSDS records. He is also our company’s musical treasure. The Washington native plays guitar and vocals for the metal band, Nan Elmoth and enjoys spending his weekends traveling around various parts of California.
Rico Bustos Another one of our fabulous printing press operators, Rico is a San Luis raised musician who enjoys playing stand-up bass as well as electric bass. Rico has been a vital part of our team since February of 2015.
Sam Spevack Another young upcoming printing press operator here at Left Coast, Sam is SLO raised and Life long resident. On his free time Sam enjoys play guitar, listening to music, playing golf and time with his animals.
Randy Tipton is a jack of all trades here at Left Coast T-Shirt Company! He is in charge of maintenance, repairs, and is also our production packer. Relocating to Grover Beach to be closer to his family, Randy has been with us since March of 2015. In his spare time, he enjoys model railroading and woodworking and is also an avid classic car enthusiast!
Chad Leal Originally from the Central Valley, he fled north to San Francisco to earn his BA in Fashion Design. He recently moved to the Central Coast to be closer to his family, and the beautiful beaches. Chad hopes to one day soon launch a few distinguishable clothing labels. Chad spends his personal time at the beach, with family and friends, or manifesting one of his creations in his sewing lab.
Director of Sales & Marketing, San Luis Obispo County Vistors & Conference Bureau