The History of Kaye-Smith

1908

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Kaye-Smith History Seattle Sales Books

(Seattle Sales Book)

Our current business can trace its roots to 1908, when Seattle Sales Book opened its doors. In 1917, Lothrop Business Forms acquired Seattle Sales Book and in 1987 Lothrop was acquired by the owner of Kaye-Smith Enterprises, Lester Smith.

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1958

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Kaye-Smith Founder Lester Smith

(Lester Smith)

Kaye-Smith Founder Danny Kaye

(Danny Kaye)

Kaye-Smith Enterprises has a storied history and deep roots in the Pacific Northwest dating to its founding in 1958. Kaye-Smith Enterprises was formed as a joint venture between Les Smith and actor Danny Kaye. The company owned and operated radio stations in Washington, Oregon, Kansas and Ohio. KJR-AM Seattle, KISW-FM Seattle, KXL-AM/FM Portland, and KJRB-AM/KEZE-FM Spokane were the prominent stations in the group, which lead to other related businesses.

One was Concerts West, a nationwide concert promotion company which produced tours for artists like Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, John Denver and Led Zepplin, to name a few. A recording studio and film production company known as Kaye-Smith Productions emerged during the 70s and was utilized by local advertisers and musicians such as Steve Miller, Heart and Bachman Turner Overdrive.

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1973

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Kaye-Smith Original Sounders

(Seattle Sounders Logo 1974-1983)

Kaye-Smith Original Mariners

(Original Seattle Mariners Logo)

In addition to the entertainment and advertising-related businesses, Les Smith helped bring professional sports to the area as a minority partner in the original Seattle Sounders (1973-1979) and as a managing partner in the Seattle Mariners (1977-1981).

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1985

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Kaye-Smith Seattle Office in 1980

(Kaye-Smith’s Seattle Office, Circa 1980)

In 1985, the Smith family purchased all of Danny Kaye’s interests in their various ventures. Kaye-Smith Enterprises purchased Seattle’s Lothrop Business Forms in 1987 and sold the last of its radio stations in 1999.

From that point forward, Kaye-Smith Enterprises focused its efforts on building a company dedicated to supporting the needs of businesses from the Renton, Washington and Portland, Oregon locations.

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1990-2010

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Current Kaye-Smith Office in Renton

(Kaye-Smith Office)

As the needs of our clients changed, Kaye-Smith made investments in technology – as well as a series of strategic acquisitions – to ensure we offered the products and services our clients need today and into the future. Some of the acquisitions included:

Dinner+Klein (1992) – Database management and mailing services

Technaprint (1993) – Commercial printing

Data Print (1994) – Established our Portland, OR facility

LaserDirect (2000) – Integrated statement, print and mailing

Olympic Data (2006) – Enhanced data processing capabilities and variable printing

Olympic Data (2006) Each brought additional capabilities and expertise to our organization, and it was the 1994 acquisition of Data Print that established our Portland, Oregon operations.