We were married in 2015, after being introduced by Sam’s personal trainer two years earlier. Both of us were born and raised in Kankakee country (Sam in Manteno, Enrique in Bourbonnais), and we are very proud of where we come from! So much so in fact, that we live and work in the area. Enrique is a firefighter/EMT in Kankakee and Samantha is in Change Management at CSL Behring.
In our abundant spare time we enjoy running and biking at Davis Creek, walking our dog Apollo, watching movies, playing euchre, and spending time with family and friends. We come from HUGE families, and love being able to get together with everyone any chance we get!
We are a very active family, so owning and operating a sports and activewear apparel business just makes sense for us!
Ace is a custom apparel, screen printing and embroidery business, that has been in the Kankakee area for over 20 years. Our goal is to provide work that is honest and of the highest possible quality.
“As someone who has played on A LOT of sports teams in her life, I know how important it is for a team to look and feel good in the uniform they wear and how much a difference it can make.It is amazing how much nice uniforms, practice jerseys and spiritwear can unite not only the players on a team, but also unite the team with its fans.”
Ace was established in January 1995 by sister-in-laws, Kathy Riberdy and Mary Hoekstra, as a way for them to be able to work and still take care of their kids.
The ladies started off with just doing embroidery, but soon they were getting requests for more than just embroidery. Enter John Riberdy (Kathy’s husband/Mary’s brother).
With 20 years of experience in the screen printing industry, it was only logical for John to begin working at Ace. Thus, the screen printing side of the business was born.
Then, in 2015, when Kathy and Mary decided it was time to hang up their beautifully embroidered hats, Kathy and John’s lovely daughter Samantha and her husband Enrique Czakó decided they would step in and try to take Ace to the next level (which is why we now have this amazing website).