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Close Up: Pat Viancourt

Close Up: Pat Viancourt

Show Up And Play Loose When you grow up in a family of eight children, you have to learn how to take things in stride. For Cleveland, Ohio, native Patrick Viancourt, president and CEO of supplier Hospitality Mints (PPAI 113524), … Read More »

Strategy For Success

Strategy For Success

Bryan James, co-owner of distributor Corporate Specialty Insignia (PPAI 671332) with his wife, Kelly, started his career in 1989 with high-end retail jeweler Bailey, Banks & Biddle, where he was a general manager. A large part of his business focused … Read More »

Driven To Lead

Driven To Lead

Mary Ellen Harden, president of Versailles, Kentucky-based Wall Street Greetings, LLC, (PPAI 469710) has always known she wanted to work in the greeting card industry. During her senior year at the University of Kentucky she learned about Wall Street Greetings and scheduled a meeting to visit the local card company. Read More »

There’s No “I” In Team

There’s No “I” In Team

AIA Corporation’s new CEO, Matt Gresge, believes in the power of collaboration. He grew up in the quintessential sleepy small town: Geneva, Illinois, about 40 miles west of Chicago. It was the kind of place where farming and football were woven into the fabric of life—and often intersected. Read More »

New Game Plan

New Game Plan

Joe Loch is the kind of man who doesn’t back down from a challenge—even when that challenge involves coaching a girls’ lacrosse team, a group no one in his Ohio town knew how to coach, including Loch. Read More »

Misprint At Heart

Misprint At Heart

Iain Walker, president of Toronto, Canada-based SVS Marketing, fell in love with making music as a teenager when he started playing the bass. Walker eventually earned a degree in recording engineering. While his music career eventually morphed into a side gig (his band is called The Misprints), it allowed him to get a taste of being an entrepreneur and it led him to his first job in the industry—and all the way to heading up the full-service promotional agency. Read More »

The Courage To Change Course  

The Courage To Change Course   

Neal Gondran’s first career choice didn’t work out, but maybe that was for the best. Sometimes when the best laid plans go awry, you realize that maybe they weren’t the best for you anyway. Or maybe you just weren’t able … Read More »

A Passion For People

A Passion For People

She started out as a legal secretary and fell into the promotional products industry by chance. Now, 11 years after joining Glenwood, Minnesota-based distributor American Solutions For Business (UPIC: A577956), Sarah Thomas, director of vertical markets/GPO specialist, is still as enthusiastic as her first day on the job, maybe more so. Read More »

Goal-Getter

Goal-Getter

When her first career as an apparel manufacturer’s sales rep at the Dallas Apparel Mart came to an end in 2000 due to industry consolidation, Tia Walker applied her sales and marketing skills to the promotional products industry—and never looked back. As an account executive at BrandAlliance, formerly known as Activate! Promotions + Marketing (UPIC: Activate), she enjoys using her sales and creative marketing skills to help companies in a variety of industries promote their brands and implement safety and recognition programs. Read More »

Committed: A Career Story

Committed: A Career Story

When you hear about someone who’s been at the same company for more than 30 years, you pay attention. It’s so rare to see that type of career longevity these days. Changing jobs and even careers every few years is today’s new normal. But for Robin Breard, working from a young age—and then sticking around—at supplier Custom Printing II (UPIC: CUSTOMCR), the company her parents, Bob and Judy Carlson, founded more than 30 years ago, has been worth every minute and has translated into a great quality of life. Read More »

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