A People-Powered Enterprise

It takes many things to run a successful business—ideas, technology, and innovation, to name a just few. But by far the most important ingredient?


Yes, CS Kern is the printing business. And the photography business, the creative business, and the web development business. But our real business is building and nurturing relationships with people.

This has been true since Steve and Diane Kern launched CS Kern on July 1, 1987. From the beginning, CS Kern has put relationships above all else.

This is as true of the people we employ—several of whom have been with us for more than 20 years—as it is of the people we serve. We treat clients with kindness. We lend a hand when they need help. We care about them. In many cases, they’re truly like family. In three decades, our people-first philosophy propelled us from a two-man print shop to a 30-plus regional provider of media services. It’s why we survived an era that saw many print shops die out. And it’s why we are in a position now to help our clients more than ever before.

There are a lot of reasons clients trust us. Our digital technology saves them money. Our wide range of capabilities—including large-format display, mailing services, and creative design—is unrivaled in the region. Our in-house photography studio has won more awards than we can count.

That’s all well and good. But we know the real source of our success. And once you work with us, you will, too.

Our Team

Our team is stocked with all types: Precision-obsessed press operators, strategy-driven creatives, code-loving programmers, and plenty more. But they’re all united by a common cause: To deliver solutions that work for you.

Ashley Messersmith

Ashley Smithers

Accounting | Human Resources

Bart Dawson

Bart Dawson

General Manager

Bret Dawson

Bret Dawson

Production Manager

Mark Shaffer

Mark Shaffer

Network Administrator