Marty Lott

Frustration to Fortune with Marty Lott

Marty Lott, SanMar’s Founder of the nation’s premier supplier of wholesale imprinted clothing and accessories, shares his famous yellow t-shirt story with Host Greg Muzzillo. What was a complete disaster quickly turned into recognizing two foundational principles that are key to driving success.

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Marty Lott is Founder and Chairman of SanMar, the nation’s premier supplier of wholesale imprintable clothing and accessories. He started the company in 1971 as part of a college project and today the business is nearing 2.5 billion in sales with 10 distribution centers and 5.5 million square feet of inventory space. Lott’s founding two principles are to be nice and tell the truth. He believes that the employees are at the center of what makes the company successful.

“My goal was always to do better today than I did yesterday, and wanting to do better tomorrow than I’m doing today.”

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Million Dollar Monday features real successful people with real useful advice for entrepreneurs and people with big dreams. This series is hosted by Greg Muzzillo who many years ago started his own company called Proforma with a small investment of $200 and a lot of big dreams. Thanks to solid advice from some real successful people, Proforma is now a $500 million leader in the printing and promotional products industry with over 600 franchise offices throughout North America. Today, Muzzillo’s big dream is to help aspiring business owners and sales professionals reach their big dreams.

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Greg Muzzillo started Proforma as an industry distributor in 1978. The company grew quickly and in the early 1980s Proforma was recognized for three consecutive years on Inc. magazine’s list of the 500 fastest-growing companies in North America. In the late 1980’s Proforma introduced its membership program to empower distributors to retain their business ownership and independence, and to share in sales and marketing resources, purchasing power with industry suppliers, one back office including all billing, accounting, vendor payments, cash flow, computer systems and more. Today Proforma has over 600 Members and is the $500 Million leader in the Promotional Products and Print Industry. Proforma’s record breaking success includes having 18 of its Affiliates named to Inc. Magazine’s 2020 list of the 5,000 fastest-growing companies and 193 Affiliates achieving its Million/Multi-Million Dollar Club with sales up to $38 million.