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Close Up-Dave DeGreeff, MAS

Close Up-Dave DeGreeff, MAS

Few industry professionals have criss-crossed the promotional products landscape like Dave DeGreeff, MAS.His current industry home is in The Woodlands, Texas, with supplier BIGBANG Corporate Apparel (UPIC: bigbang), and he makes his family home 180 miles away along the shores of Lake Travis in Lago Vista, Texas. Read More »

Close Up-Michael Woody, CAS

Close Up-Michael Woody, CAS

In the world of promotional products, Michael Woody, CAS, found a simpler way to sell. The retail veteran saw the advantage of selling as a supplier, where point-of-purchase displays, advertising allowances and stock balances aren’t on the list of things to worry over. “In the promotional products market,” he says, “you sell it once and you’re finished.” Read More »

Close Up-Denise Taschereau and Sarah White

Close Up-Denise Taschereau and Sarah White

As co-founders of eco-friendly distributor Fairware Promotional Products (UPIC: fairware) in Vancouver, British Columbia, Denise Taschereau and Sarah White have found a way to turn their passion for sustainability and running a values-based business into a thriving venture. Fairware focuses … Read More »

Close Up-Michael Wolaver

Close Up-Michael Wolaver

The little things make the biggest impact on Michael Wolaver these days. The father of two sons adopted from Ethiopia, he puts his whole heart into his family as well as his business, Magellan Promotions in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. Read More »

Close Up-Cliff Quicksell, MAS

Close Up-Cliff Quicksell, MAS

Love may have come and gone in Cliff Quicksell’s younger days, but life in promotional products business has stood the test of time. Quicksell, MAS, began his career in the industry as the boyfriend of a distributor’s daughter. That relationship didn’t last, but by then, Quicksell was ready to make a long-term commitment to promotional products. Read More »

Close Up-Rick Rayl

Close Up-Rick Rayl

Between working full-time for a successful promotional products firm and keeping up with the activities of one high-school student and one college student, who has time for something as ambitious as adventure backpacking? Read More »

Close Up: Debbie Abergel

Close Up: Debbie Abergel

Life is but a dream for Debbie Abergel—actually, she’s living a couple of dreams right now, including working at her dream job as senior vice president of marketing, sourcing and compliance for Los Angeles, California, distributor Jack Nadel International (NADELINC). “I’ve been with JNI for 14 years and have held different positions for the company,” says Abergel. “Once I started at JNI, my goal was always to work in the marketing/sourcing department.” Read More »

Close Up: Ben Zhang

Close Up: Ben Zhang

If the American Dream seems just that, Ben Zhang’s story will awaken you to reality. The president, CEO and owner of supplier Greater China, Inc. (UPIC: IMPORT) in Bellevue, Washington, saw his own dream come to life when he took a chance and exhibited at a local gift show nearly 20 years ago. That show became the launchpad for a wildly successful career in promotional products. Read More »

Close Up: Mark Trotzuk

Close Up: Mark Trotzuk

“I am motivated by solving problems and helping my clients create something new and exciting.” Read More »

Close Up-Judy Goo, CAS

Close Up-Judy Goo, CAS

In one of the most beautiful places in the United States, Dan and Judy Goo of distributor D&J Specialties, Inc. (UPIC: DJSPEC) work tirelessly for some of the largest clients in Hawaii. Together they’ve also raised two children and continue to see their distributorship grow every year since they started it in 1993. Read More »

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