The story of Kingdom Productions starts with a young boy watching The Wonderful World of Disney on Sunday nights. Those behind-the-scenes glimpses that Walt would share were Hank Pryor’s favorites. It stirred his imagination to dream up big ideas and figure out how to create them.
That boy turned into a young man, and like many young men he struggled with life’s questions, difficulties, and temptations. But, in the fall of 1980 the source of the answers he had been looking for was found in Christ as revealed in the Bible. From that point on he worked jobs to learn various trades and surrounded himself with people that would help him grow. Employment in those early years ranged from painting railroad freight cars, construction, counseling troubled teens, as well as working in a sign shop. That experience gave him the confidence to establish his own sign business. In the mid-80s, More Than A Sign Shop was born as Hank’s first business. He learned that there is more to running a successful business than just hard work and talent, and that there’s no substitute for wise business mentors and sound business principles.
Following that, Hank became an independent painting contractor and volunteered a lot of his time and talents to his church and others. He played a major role in the planning, design, and construction of a 70,000 square foot family life center for his church. In that project, he designed a 60’ wide by 20’ high dimensional castle for the children’s department. For the next few years he spent time on the custom side of the trade show industry involved in design, engineering and management.
In 2002, after counting the cost and wrestling with the idea for a number of years, Hank was ready. He decided to put all of his effort, focus and resources into his life-long vision and formally established Kingdom Productions.
For the first five years, the company was located in the family garage. From that tiny space, Hank, assisted by his son Jon, provided large-format graphics, (back to the display industry) photo-realistic 3D modeling (a self-taught skill) for the trade show and architectural markets, custom dimensional signage as well as trade show display fixtures. It was also during this time, Hank came under the mentorship of John Melvin, Director of Small Business Development Center, Clermont County, Ohio. To this day, John provides invaluable counsel and remains one of Hank’s most important business relationships.
In 2008, Kingdom Productions left the garage and moved into a 1,500 sq. ft. studio. It continued to grow. Understanding the importance of technology, Hank added Kingdom Productions’ first CNC router to compliment it’s large-format printer. Also knowing that technology is nothing without talent, Hank hired Steve Brown – a highly talented industrial designer and artist working at one of Cincinnati’s premier sign companies.
Through a mutual friend Hank was introduced to fellow church member, John Lucas, Director of Operations at the Cincinnati Zoo. Kingdom Productions was invited to present their credentials. Always one to go the extra mile,
Hank seized the opportunity to show off his company’s talents with a fully-realized dimensional exhibit sign. “Rhino Station” not only impressed, but won the business. Our relationship with the Cincinnati Zoo has grown to make them one of our most valued clients – and opened many doors. We consider them our flagship.
Early in 2011, calculating future growth, Kingdom Productions moved to a more visible location, into a facility nearly three times its previous size. And still, within a year and a half they expanded again, doubling to 8,000 sq. ft.
Through the Cincinnati Zoo, we formed a relationship with Service Systems Associates, one of the largest catering and concessionaire companies in the U.S. We re-imagined one of their food stands into “The Outpost” and that relationship was solidified. In late 2011, Hank added Gregg Meade – a seasoned prop builder and problem-solver from the world of advertising. And in 2013, after gaining valuable experience at a large Indiana sign company, Jon Pryor rejoined Kingdom Productions. He oversees operations and enhances our graphic design capabilities-as seen here in our website.
As with most who pursue a dream Hank had many obstacles and setbacks. In retrospect those difficulties were actually blessings in disguise. Hank recognized that he needed to reorder his priorities by a total surrender to build his life and business upon the truths of the Holy Scriptures. The fruit of that commitment has been dramatic. Submitting to the correction of the truth and wisdom found in the Bible and wise counsel has been the key to going from striving to thriving.
Perseverance, hard work and trust in God have set Hank and Kingdom Productions on a course to make a significant impact in the themed environment world and ultimately making a lasting difference in the lives of people. Honoring our Creator in all that we do is our aim and it guides our mission and values.