Nick & Jill Schwarz acquire AP Design

Nick & Jill Schwarz

AP Design of Marshall is under new ownership. The marketing company was acquired by Nick and Jill Schwarz of Marshall from Brian and Nancy Kor in August 2023.  

Established in 1989, AP Design started as a traditional awards and trophy shop, operated by Beth Marcotte. Brian and Nancy Kor purchased the business in 1998 and expanded their operations to include promotional products. AP Design again expanded their selection by purchasing an apparel decoration company in 2005 and a sign company in 2010. 

Today, AP Design specializes in signs, decorated apparel, vehicle wraps, promotional items, and awards. The business is located at 501 South Highway 23 in Marshall.

The new owners Nick and Jill Schwarz are from southwest Minnesota and have lived in Marshall since 1998. 

Jon Kor
Emily Bratsch
Angela Prokosch

Jon Kor

Operations & Production Manager

Jon is a recent graduate of South Dakota State University with a degree in Entrepreneurial Studies. Jon is our team’s Screen Print Manager. He handles production of any screen printed goods we sell at AP Design. In his spare time he enjoys video games, golfing, spending time with close friends, and cheering on anything Minnesota sports related.

Emily Bratsch

Awards & Graphics Manager

Emily Bratsch is a recent graduate of Southwest Minnesota State University. She graduated with a degree in Graphic Design and is now the Awards and Graphics Specialist here at AP Design. Emily handles engraving and designing. Emily enjoys spending time with family and friends at Green Lake when she can. In her free time Emily enjoys reading, playing videos, and playing dungeons and dragons.

Angela Dequaine

Sign Department Manager

Angela graduated from Southwest Minnesota State University with a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) in May 2020. Her undergraduate degrees are in Marketing and Graphic Design. She participated on the SMSU Track and Field Team from 2013-2018; her main events were Weight and Hammer Throw. Angela is the new Sign Department Manager at AP Design. Prior to joining our staff, she was the Graduate Assistant for the Communications and Marketing Office at SMSU. She enjoys spending time with friends and family. In her spare time, she loves to take photos, go fishing, and play card games.