Roberts Trophies creates custom trophies, plaques and awards, as well as personalized engraving on other products like medals, clocks, desk sets, name badges, small signs and gifts.
We are a family owned and operated award and engraving business that has served central Illinois for over 50 years. We offer quality awards that fit any budget and we work hard to provide a wide selection with a fast turn-around. Our engraving is done in-house at our commercial location using rotary and laser engravers and color dye-sublimation. We also work closely with other companies to offer custom ribbons and cast plaques.
HistoryRoberts Trophies is named after the original owner Jim Roberts who was an avid bowler and started the business after he retired in the 1960's. He and his wife, Alma, operated it out of their home on Gridley Street in Bloomington. In the 1980's Jim transferred the business to his nephew's family, Jerry and Janet Apps. The Apps' then moved the business to its first commercial location on Lafayette Street. It remained there for 10 years until they moved into their own building on Currency Drive in 1996. After Janet passed away in 2003 her son David managed the business but after a few years he decided to try something new. In 2006 the business was transferred to his sister-in-law, Jamey. We have been located on Oakland Avenue since 2007.
Jamey Zehr Apps
Jamey was born and raised in Bloomington and after graduating high school she completed a B.S. in Anthropology and Sociology at the University of Idaho. Then she finished a Masters degree in Anthropology at the University of Missouri and moved back to Illinois where she worked as an archaeologist. After many years of moving and overnight travel for work she welcomed the idea of growing roots in her hometown.
Transitioning into owning and managing a small business has been full of challenges and unexpected rewards. Her husband's family taught her how to do everything from taking orders, running machines, and bookkeeping. These skills have been expanded on by taking business and accounting classes at Heartland Community College. Also, being an active member of the Awards and Personalization Association has given her access to technical seminars and trade shows specific to the industry.
When Jamey asked her brother-in-law, David, what he thought he would miss most after leaving the awards business he replied that he would miss the people. Jamey agrees that working with people is the best part and she loves the diversity of engraving projects she gets to do.