This article is courtesy of Oklahoma State Department of CareerTech and Oklahoma ACTE Bright Spot.
THEN: A 1971 graduate of U.S. Grant High School in Oklahoma City with dreams of becoming an architect. During his junior year, Saak enrolled in the commercial art program at Metro Tech’s Foster Estes Campus – today called the South Bryant Campus – where he
- Practiced his new graphic art skills with on-the-job training as a paste-up artist with the Oklahoma Journal.
- Was hired by a company in a brand new industry: T-shirt screen printing.
- Started a sign printing business in 1972 at age 19 in half of a garage with $100 and a partner from class.
NOW: S&S Promotions has grown into a 50,000-foot facility with 35 employees that include other Metro Tech graduates. The company is one of the nation’s most innovative retail sign printers with clients such as Sonic, Macklanburg-Duncan, QuikTrip and Tyler Media. Specialty Oklahoma City projects include the rock 'n' roll display for the Oklahoma History Center's film exhibit, the five-story Thunder banner that wraps the MidFirst building off Interstate 44 and stencil creation for Rick Sinnett, the artist painting “This Land” for the Silo Art Project off of I-40 in Bricktown.