April 2020: People News
commonsku (PPAI 552077)—Morgan Clarke, inside sales specialist, and Brandon Samuel, account manager
AIA Corporation (PPAI 101364, D12)—Julie Ross and Michael Singer, business development managers
Cap America (PPAI 111597, S10)—Curt Carr, promoted to chief financial officer
Charles River Apparel (PPAI 111644, S10)—Sean Dwyer, territory manager for Northern New Jersey, parts of Northern New York and Southern Connecticut; and Stephen Monahan, territory manager for Florida
Clegg Promo (PPAI 111692, S6)—Reggie Gonzalez, director of sales, Western region, responsible for Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington
HPG—Lil Hemming will represent Debco (PPAI 317015, S4), Beacon Promotions (PPAI 113702, S10) and HUB Pen (PPAI 110772, S11) in Alberta; and Donna Klaassen of Ventura Sales to represent Debco, Beacon Promotions and HUB Pen in British Columbia
KTI Promo (PPAI 238818, S7)—Incentives West (PPAI 224617) to represent the company in the Western U.S.—Mark Shin, MAS in the Pacific Northwest; Jodi Spangrud in Northern California and Nolan Plummer in Southern California
Orbus Exhibit & Display Group (PPAI 428128, S7)—Kirk Carnes, promoted to assistant general manager of Orbus Las Vegas
Penn Emblem (PPAI 537470, S1)—Robert Cholodofsky, promoted to vice president of information technology
Stromberg Brand (PPAI 114212, S6)—Jennifer Stromberg, vice president
Tekweld (PPAI 266346, S4)—Regina Harrington, central regional sales manager, responsible for Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee; and Matt Kozar, Southeast regional sales manager responsible for Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina
Richard (Dick) Donlin, retired founder of multi-line rep firm Team Donlin and Upper Midwest Association of Promotional Professionals (UMAPP) Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, passed away on February 22. He was 85.
Donlin was born in Excelsior, Minnesota, and was a graduate of Hamline University. A three-sports athlete at the university, he was the youngest member inducted into the Hamline Hall of Fame and had a brief try-out with the Baltimore Colts. He joined Fridley High School as an athletic director, coach and teacher. He later opened an insurance agency for Fidelity Life and Accident. In 1973, after moving to Edina, he worked for Jostens and landed the Denver Broncos and Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl Championship Ring accounts.
In 1977, Donlin founded his manufacturer’s representative company and joined the promotional products industry. His daughter and three sons all joined him in the business. Donlin retired from the industry in 2004. Steve Donlin continues to run the company, while Jay Donlin serves as vice president of sales at supplier J. Charles and Tom Donlin is a sales manager at supplier ADG Promotional Products.
Along with his UMAPP recognition, Donlin was named ASI Multi-Line Rep Of The Year in 1994, and he was recently inducted into the Fridley High School Hall of Fame for his significant contributions to the Fridley community where he owned and operated a Dairy Queen, was a volunteer firefighter, a member of the Fridley Jaycees and was the town’s first park board director.
Donlin is survived by his wife Jan; daughter Cheryl Dixon; sons Tom and his wife Lee, Jay and his wife Kathy, and Steve and his wife Laura; grandchildren Piper Nici Thomas and her husband Brandon, Jianna, Joey, Ava, Ryan, Tommy, Garrett, Joe and Mitch; six great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law Bill Swearengin, Phil Sibinski and Jim Cook; along with nieces, nephews, family and friends.
James Khattak is news editor of PPB.