Elise Hacking Carr

Elise Hacking Carr

Elise Hacking Carr is editor-in-chief/content director for Print+Promo magazine.

Under 40: Courtney Bruce, Real Sourcing Network (RSN)

Courtney Bruce, 24 Marketing Engagement Manager Real Sourcing Network (RSN), New York How she got her start: In college, I had a focus in print, and was grateful for amazing instructors. I learned everything from litho and Intaglio [printing] to screen printing. I fell in love with screen printing—the process the mess, everything. I ended…

Under 40: James JB Kennedy, CURAtive

James JB Kennedy, 33 President, Co-Founder CURAtive, Cincinnati How he got his start: I [was employed at] a mom-and-pop shop for almost five years, working my way from the digital black-and-white division to the office manager. I wanted to grow the business, but the owner didn’t see the value of growing and scaling the business.…

Under 40: Greta Mantell, Image Source

Greta Mantell, 31 Senior Account Executive Image Source, Kirkland, Wash. How she got her start: A family friend recommended the industry and specifically the company to me. I was in a sales role at another company (Cintas) for two-and-a-half years right out of college, and was looking to make an industry and company change. The…

Under 40: Corey Lewis, AbelsonTaylor

Corey Lewis, 29 Senior Print Producer AbelsonTaylor, Chicago How he got his start: There was never a time when my life wasn’t affected by the transformative power of print and design. My grandfather, a first-generation immigrant from Germany, was able to start and provide for his family by working at a paper mill. My grandmother…

Under 40: Sadie Kikkert, PromoPlace

Sadie Kikkert, 21 Sales Coordinator PromoPlace, Ancaster, Ontario How she got her start: My boss saw my work efforts at a yard clean-up one Saturday, and noticed how much effort I put into things. So, I got told from someone else to hand in a résumé at PromoPlace. I did and got the job. Her…

Under 40: Caitlin L. Martin, Safeguard of the Hudson Valley

Caitlin L. Martin, 30 Vice President, Sales and Marketing Safeguard of the Hudson Valley, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. How she got her start: Truth is, I never imagined I would be in the sales world, and certainly never imagined I would be in the family business. After I graduated college, I moved to California for some time…

Under 40: Chris Hickman, Regency360

Chris Hickman, 39 Vice President of Direct Sales Regency360, Raleigh N.C. How he got his start: Regency360 was my second job out of college. At the time, my primary goal was to find a career in sales and less about what I would actually be selling. In my 11 years with Regency, I have progressed…

Under 40: Sarah Whitaker, Williams Advertising LLC

Sarah Whitaker, 32 Owner, Client Success Manager Williams Advertising LLC, Hopkinsville, Ky. How she got her start: In 2015, I lived in Evansville, Ind. My husband and I are from Hopkinsville, Ky., and we decided we would like to move back home. My background is in marketing—I had worked in marketing at a textbook company…

Under 40: Matt Gleckler, American Solutions for Business

Matt Gleckler, 39 Senior Account Executive American Solutions for Business, Glenwood, Minn. How he got his start: This is my first job after college. In 2002, I started with Optimum System Products in Columbus, Ohio, [a company] that specialized in selling print and promo to community banks. The owners of Optimum, John and Dorothy Martin,…

Under 40: Sam Wright, Pocket Folders Fast

Sam Wright, 34 Manager of Business Development Pocket Folders Fast, Omaha, Neb. How she got her start: I started in the industry straight out of high school [in 2003]. I began as an assistant in the customer service department [at Folder Express] and throughout college, gradually worked my way up within the department. I graduated…

Under 40: H. Zachary Ottenstein, The Image Group

H. Zachary Ottenstein, 36 Director, Senior Living and Hospitality The Image Group, Holland, Ohio How he got his start: After [working in] television, I pivoted to finance. I worked as an investment analyst and then led marketing communications for an S&P 500 company that was involved in the senior living industry. We had a great…

Under 40: Danielle J. Kay, Stylerite Label Corp.

Danielle J. Kay, 39 Sales Executive Manager Stylerite Label Corp., Rochester Hills, Mich. How she got her start: I’ve always had a lifelong passion for the printing industry. [Having been] born and raised in the industry—it’s in my blood. My grandparents, Joe and Verna Kay, started a small print company [Kay Toledo Tag] in the…

Under 40: Matt Del Valle, Stan Miller & Associates LLC Powered by Proforma, Cleveland

Matt Del Valle, 34 President Stan Miller & Associates LLC Powered by Proforma, Cleveland How he got his start: I came from the business-to-business sales market for Staples. Stan Miller & Associates LLC powered by Proforma was actually one of my customers. I had the B2B job right out of college, started in Cincinnati and…

Under 40: Jamie Hoelscher, ePromos Promotional Products Inc.

Jamie Hoelscher, 32 Director of Merchandising ePromos Promotional Products Inc., St. Cloud, Minn. How she got her start: After spending five years in the retail industry as a jewelry buyer, I was ready for the next step in my career and a new challenge. At that time, ePromos happened to be looking for a new…

Under 40: Greg Schwartz, Hotcards

Greg Schwartz, 34 Vice President of Sales Hotcards, Cleveland How he got his start: I got involved in this industry by unforeseen life challenges that led me to an opportunity with a national company called Proforma. [For five years,] I was the operations manager for a transportation company in Kent, Ohio, where I helped grow…