Charles Robinson, former president of Five Star Promotions (PPAI 703066, D3) and veteran of the promotional products industry for more than 25 years, died on July 10 according to Robert Joseph, the former owner of Five Star Promotions. Robinson had been battling various medical ailments for several years, including a heart attack, which occurred close to the time of his death. He is survived by his wife, Joyce.

Robinson, who was known by his family and peers as “Chuck,” worked for the Anaheim Fire Department as a paramedic and firefighter prior to entering the promo industry, but he eventually became known to be a creative salesman who naturally built and maintained great professional relationships.

“His clients loved him, and he succeeded in building a great client portfolio,” Joseph says.

An avid fisherman, Robinson organized a collection of seafood caught by Southern California fishermen in the wake of 9/11. The haul was sent to New York City to feed first responders and volunteers. He named the organization “Fish for America.”

“That is a prime example of what Chuck did for others no matter who needed his help,” Joseph says.

Joseph also relates one of Robinson’s proudest stories from his career in the promotional products industry. Trevor Gnesin, president of Logomark, once requested Robinson come into his office. He was greeted by banners that read “FIND YOUR CHUCK” and it was explained to him that the company had developed an incentive program in his honor. Apparently, Robinson had increased his sales with Logomark by over 300%, and Gnesin wanted to recognize that feat and encourage his staff, who wore “Find Your Chuck” buttons, to find customers who could accomplish similar sales.

“He was a genuine gentleman and an amazing human being,” Joseph says. “[Five Star Promotions] was lucky to find our Chuck.”