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About Erik Mickelson


Erik Mickelson is a contributor and editor for the Apparel Graphic Academy blog.  Currently, Erik is the Operations Manager for his family’s embroidery

Erik Mickelson Photo of himself for the Apparel Graphic Academy BLOG
Erik Mickelson is a contributor to the Apparel Graphic Academy blog

and direct-to-garment business. Erik grew up in the embroidery business with his father, Jim Mickelson, who founded Northwest Embroidery in 1977.

Erik’s Education


Erik graduated Washington State University  in 1997 with a degree in Accounting and Finance. While attending college, Erik was a member of the Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity.

graduate degree

After 20 years as the Operations Manager at Northwest Custom Apparel . Erik returned to school to receive his MBA from Western Governors University in 2016.


Erik stays connected with the Graphic Apparel Industry by attending continuing education courses.

Recent Books

  • Never Split the Difference. Negotiating as if your life depended on it by Chris Voss. A former FBI Top Hostage Negotiators Field-Tested Tools for talking to anyone into (or out of) just about anything.


You will find Erik working in his yard, riding his mountain bike, at the gym and traveling with his wife Wendy.

Erik and Wendy Mickelson travel to San Francisco
Erik and Wendy Mickelson in San Francisco

Erik’s recent vacation was to Thailand for 2 weeks with his wife. They visited Bangkok and Phuket and had a fabulous time. The most exciting thing was going to the elephant sanctuary and playing with the elephants.


Erik and Wendy have a 1 year old Yorkie Pooh named Burt. Burt was named after Burt Reynolds and Erik’s favorite movie “Smokey and the Bandit.”

Yorkie Pooh Puppy with light brown and black hair.
                Burt the Yorkie Pooh

Erik and Wendy reside in the quiet town of Sumner, Washington which is known for its Rhubarb Pie.

Contact Erik Mickelson

Cell Phone/Text: 253-229-9214


Northwest Custom Apparel