About the Founder:
The story of TERRAPIN PACKAGING (So Far)
In late October of 1981, I got fired on a Friday. It was an eye opening weekend, to say the least. Reality can either be an end of things or a prologue. Or could it be both? Terrapin started the following Monday. 35 years later we are still growing.
Here is what we have learned along the way:
The “Dead” used to have a slogan in the early 70’s, that they would hang above the stage. It was simple: “When We Work, You Play.” My business model might substitute the word “play” with “succeed”. A simple maxim; ask for help. I made some calls. I was rewarded. I built and maintained 13 accounts. It was ironic- On the precipice of my own personal leap of faith and independence, I asked the 13 “colonies” to trust me.
We needed financing and received our seed money. With finances solved, we needed a business plan and perhaps the most important thing of all- what were we going to name this thing? Who would we be I questioned as I was pulled out an album. It was Terrapin Station by The Grateful Dead. I can’t describe the feeling of what they represented. Our new business was serious leap and I knew music helped inspire our courage to proceed.
In November of this year, TERRAPIN will turn 35. Who’d a thunk that? But here we are. Maybe I’ll be updating this when we turn 50.
We thank you from the bottoms of our hearts.
Terrapin Station - Grateful Dead
The song that inspired our company's name and "sorta" gave us the courage to forge into the unknown all those years ago.
"Inspiration move me brightly."