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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 »

The Plunge That Paid Off

The Plunge That Paid Off

In theory, everyone knows that if you choose a job you love, you’ll never have to work a day in your life (Confucius). But how many people are fortunate enough to make a living doing what they love? Read More »

Born To Be Creative

Born To Be Creative

Creative problem-solving has always come naturally to RJ Hagel. From his first job at Toys “R” Us (at age 15) to his current role as marketing manager for Goldstar (UPIC: GLDSTAR), Hagel’s ability to think outside the box has allowed him to help the companies he works for market their products more effectively. Read More »

Addicted To Innovation

Addicted To Innovation

The Turkish people are known worldwide for their warm hospitality as well as their high-quality cotton. So what better business for Turkish native Sy Ereren to start than Terry Town, a company that supplies towels, blankets, robes, and spa and resort gift items to the promotional products industry? Read More »

The Right Roots

The Right Roots

A few years ago, Kippie Helzel, MAS, vice president of sales at supplier CPS/Keystone (UPIC: keystone), and her husband, Richard, were at a transition point. Living in Westlake, Ohio, they had recently experienced the passing of both of Richard’s parents and didn’t have any other family members nearby. With their two sons in college, it seemed like a good time to make a move.
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Heart Of A Champion

Heart Of A Champion

Most college students barely manage their classwork between fraternity parties, Starbucks runs and afternoon naps. Matt Kaspari, owner of Kaspo Inc. (UPIC: Kaspo705) in Denver, Colorado, was no ordinary college student. Between classes, two part-time jobs and a lot of community volunteering, Kaspari still had energy to spare. So he decided to start his own promotional marketing company. Read More »

Close Up: Mike Landry

Close Up: Mike Landry

It’s not very often that you meet someone who is the oldest of eight children. Native Bostonian Mike Landry is not only the oldest of eight, he’s also married to a woman who is the oldest of eight children. It’s clear that he and Bridget, a nurse and his wife of 34 years, were meant for each other. Read More »

Close Up: Brett Hersh

Close Up: Brett Hersh

The summer he was 11 years old, Brett Hersh came up with his first business idea at the Jersey Shore. “We were always running out of drinks after spending the entire day playing in the sun. I started selling soda on the beach while walking from towel to towel, offering ice-cold soda for $1 each.“ Read More »

Close Up: Art Livingston

Close Up: Art Livingston

After donating music folders to the National Association for Music Education’s National Ensemble (NAfME) in 2012, Art Livingston, president of Neptune, New Jersey-based supplier Marlo Plastic Products (UPIC: marlo), was challenged by his daughter to do more.
As sponsors, Livingston and his family had been invited to the performance at The Kennedy Center. “During intermission, my daughter, Sarah, and I had a conversation where she challenged me to go beyond donating products and contribute my time too. The result of this conversation was that, throwing all logic aside, three weeks later we were both landing in Nairobi,” says Livingston. Read More »

Close Up: Teresa Beaudoin

Close Up: Teresa Beaudoin

fter earning an engineering degree, Teresa Beaudoin spent several years as an engineer and a consultant. But her creative side won out and she became an actress in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, her mother began suffering from the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s back home in Shreveport, Louisiana, and Beaudoin decided she needed to be closer to her. Read More »

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