Tagged 'Close Up'
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 »
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 »
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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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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
When BIC Graphic asked Emmanuel Bruno to move his family from France to the Tampa Bay area five years ago, he was understandably hesitant. “My wife, Florence, had to put her sales manager job and city council duties on hold,” he says. “We were concerned about the integration of our daughter, Marine, because she didn’t speak English. It was a big decision for us as a family, so we agreed to a one-year contract initially.” Read More »
When Forrest Fairley was eight years old, he wanted a new bicycle. But when he asked for the bike, his father said, “Ok, here’s what you need to do in order to earn it,” and offered to pay for half of the bike if Fairley worked to pay for the other half. Read More »