SUN SENTINEL

Marketing and promotions merchandiser opens third business

Scott Harris, a Wellington marketing and merchandising businessman and animal rescue activist, recently opened his newest business, Phys Ed Gear, specializing in the sales of gym T-shirts and shorts to middle and high schools. Harris in his latest venture has partnered with a national physical education and event production company to sell the items at percentage less than current market prices. Profits also benefit a charity that uses the funds to underwrite school lunches and physical education programs.

“It’s a win-win for schools and a benefit to nonprofits,” Harris said. “We found that schools had no idea what to pay for gym clothes. They were being taken advantage of until we looked at the marketplace, made some calculations and came up with the new pricing and a charity partner that could really benefit.

“We now sell quality brand name goods that we customize with existing school logos or customize with designs by an in-house staff of four working in our call center,” he said.

Orders, Harris said, are filled in five days or less.

Harris is also CEO of Wellington-based PYRA Promotions, a company selling promotional items and print materials since 2001. He also owns PYRA360 online company stores selling promotional and marketing items.

Wellington resident Scott Harris, with his dog Trudy, owns Phys Ed Gear and PYRA Promotions. (Scott Harris/Courtesy)

“We are driven by the success of our clients and strive to build partnerships they can rely on,” he said. “Our goal is to ensure customer needs are met and their expectations are met and surpassed.”

An animal rights activist, he is co-chairman of “Dudes and Dogs,” 60 members of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce and its summer campaign that showcased 60 dogs and cats fromPalm Beach County Animal Care and Control who were seeking forever homes.

Harris recently co-sponsored a dog transport kennel-equipped shuttle with the Darbster Foundation, a dog rescue group, to send long unadopted Florida dogs to adoption organizations in the Northeast and New England. The group ended its work recently and will continue next year.

-Sun Sentinel

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