Employee Bios

Jim Watson and his wife Patty have owned Colorsolutions since 2001 and the sister company Villager Publications since 1986. A graduate of local James Madison University, Jim has degrees in accounting and finance. But since graduation in 1985, he has been in the printing and graphics business, starting in the commercial packaging industry. He opened the first digital prepress business in Virginia in 1990, and then transitioned to open one on the first digital printing businesses in 2001. Since then, through his partnership with HP, has installed 4 HP Indigo digital presses, to make Colorsolutions the largest digital print shop in Virginia. Jim and Patty live on a small farm outside Harrisonburg, with their two dogs, and Dinghy, the cat.

Patty Watson publishes The Villager, a community monthly newspaper, and The Vacationer, a quarterly newspaper that services Massanutten Resort’s vacation community. Patty has published The Villager since 1986 and The Vacationer since 1992. Patty is a lifelong resident of Rockingham County and graduated from the former Montevideo High School and received a degree in Communications Arts from James Madison University in 1978. Before buying The Villager she worked as a reporter for the Northern Virginia Daily and was news editor at The Valley Banner in Elkton for seven years. In her spare time, Patty likes to do agility with her dog, Abby, and reading, mostly historical literature and biographies.

Andrew MacAdam joined Colorsolutions in 2003 and manages the print flow and press production operations on the 5500 and 5000 HP Indigo presses. Andrew is certified by HP in shared maintenance on the Indigo, making him capable of performing most software and hardware repairs and upgrades. Andrew is a native of Arlington, Va. where he played high school soccer. He relocated to Harrisonburg in 1991 and attended James Madison University, studying English, History and Computer Science in addition to playing intramural soccer at JMU. He has been a long time coach of youth soccer in the Harrisonburg area as well. Andrew and wife Tanisha live in Stone Spring Village with their two children, Chris, 15, and Alanna, 10. In addition to spending time with his family, Andrew likes to read science fiction novels and play fantasy football.

Kevin Cohrs is the newest member of the Colsolutions print team. He has over 10 years of experience in printing. Kevin belives the most vital part of his job begins after the order is placed. “I am a hands on customer representative focused on solutions that meet customer expectations for quality and cost. I have the knowledge necessary to answer customer questions and make a project happen within a customer’s expected time goals.” Kevin is a graduate of Old Dominion University and has worked for printing firms in the Tidewater area as well as the Shenandoah Valley.

Michelle Vandevander came to Colorsolutions in 2008 to handle customer service for our special projects and now runs “the front of house,” meaning she does whatever she has to so that projects are completed on time. That can be a complicated process involving job quoting, prepress, ordering of paper, and quality control in all phases of a job order. She also works closely with sales staffers to make sure they get pricing and materials they need for their clients. Michelle says “meeting customer deadlines is the biggest challenge of my job. I make sure that people get what they want when they need it.” Indeed. Michelle is so serious about meeting that goal she had to be convinced to take vacation “because I was worried about my customers.” In addition to customer service, Michelle is also an experienced signmaker, having worked in sign shops in her native South Carolina as well as in the Harrisonburg area. Michelle has three children, Katie 6, Brycen 4 and Evan 6 months. She is married to Seth and the family lives in Harrisonburg.