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Close Up-Jason Robbins

Close Up-Jason Robbins

What do the oil trading business and promotional products have in common? If you work for Jason Robbins, you see the commonality every day. The founder and CEO of distributor ePromos (UPIC: EPROMOS) in New York City found that relying on technology to help him conquer the nuances of trading has also allowed him to build a successful distributorship that, among other feats, tapped into early adopters of the internet to become an online sales powerhouse. Read More »

Close Up-Kenneth Huang

Close Up-Kenneth Huang

Kenneth Huang saw the future flash before his eyes when, while working in computer technology, he first came across the flash drive. “It was a little like the introduction of the cassette tape after the eight-track tape,” says the Taiwan native and president of Houston, Texas-based supplier KTI Promos. Read More »

Close Up-Mark Abels

Close Up-Mark Abels

Forget wanting to be an astronaut, a fireman or a cowboy. Mark Abels, MAS, dreamed of growing up to run a watch company. Read More »

Close Up-Pete Gleason

Close Up-Pete Gleason

Pete Gleason, MAS, has the good life in the bag. The regional business development manager for Union, Illinois, supplier BAG MAKERS, Inc. (UPIC: BAGMAKRS) makes his home in Whately, Massachusetts, with wife Christine Carpenter, five children and a small menagerie of animals—mostly chickens—and spends his free time walking, biking, skiing and snowmobiling. Read More »

Close Up-Donna Vorce, CAS

Close Up-Donna Vorce, CAS

It all began with a way to track forgotten towels. Donna Vorce, CAS, started a custom appliqué business after she realized her children could easily find the towels they had left at the neighborhood swimming pool when those towels had names and designs on them. Read More »

Close Up-Doug Stayman

Close Up-Doug Stayman

As a family man, and founder and president of Carrollton, Texas-based supplier In Your Face Apparel (UPIC: InYou682), Doug Stayman’s keys to success are the same: Set goals early and decide what you want to achieve. At home it means being a father his children can be proud of, and at work it means providing his employees with the best opportunities. Read More »

Close Up-Bille Walchek

Close Up-Bille Walchek

Nebraska native Bille Walchek relocated to Dallas six years ago to serve as marketing coordinator for SAGE. In that time she has worked her way up to her current position as director of marketing. Walchek provides us with a close-up look into her life in and outside the promotional products industry. Read More »

Close Up-Brian Hiner

Close Up-Brian Hiner

Brian Hiner knows not to sweat the small stuff. Read More »

Close Up-Lisa Bibb, MAS

Close Up-Lisa Bibb, MAS

With all the irons that Lisa Bibb, MAS, has in the fire, she could make a living toasting marshmallows. Instead, Bibb serves as executive director for three—yes, THREE—industry regional associations. “I joke that I keep all the plates spinning, but there really is a lot of multi-tasking involved in being the executive director for three regionals,” Bibb says. “My role is to keep the back office running smoothly and support the board members, helping them reach their goals.” Read More »

Southern Sensibilities

Southern Sensibilities

When Doug Terry, CAS, was still a young man, his father packed up the family and moved them from Birmingham, Alabama, where Ken Terry, CAS, was vice president of sales at Alabaster Industries, to Memphis, Tennessee, for a job as vice president of sales at supplier World Wide Lines (UPIC: WORLDWID) in nearby Covington. Read More »

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