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Executive Perspectives: Rustin Luedtke, vice president of sales and marketing for Label Works and FolderWorks
March 19, 2019 at 8:37 pm

As part of Print+Promo’s ongoing feature, Executive Perspectives, we get to know leading professionals in the print and promotional industry. This month, we interviewed Rustin Luedtke, vice president of sales and marketing for Label Works and FolderWorks, North Mankato, Minn. Here, he talks about the inspiration for a new product line, explains why he hates complacency and reveals how he ultimately left his “Animal House” lifestyle behind...

Packaged, Sealed and Delivered: 5 Tips for Impactful Packaging
March 12, 2019 at 8:04 pm

First impressions are a topic we talk about often, and it’s no different when we think about packaging. Visit any grocery store or Target, for example, and it’s clear that brands are competing for attention on already crowded shelves. With so many options now available, we’ve become frozen in indecision...

Kodak Names New Executive Chairman; CEO Jeffrey Clarke Steps Down
February 26, 2019 at 6:33 pm

The board of directors of Eastman Kodak Company announced the appointment of Jim Continenza as the company's new executive chairman, effective immediately. Continenza, who has served as chairman of Kodak's board of directors since 2013, will continue as board chairman while also assuming the responsibilities of Jeffrey J. Clarke...

Under 40: Courtney Bruce, Real Sourcing Network (RSN)
February 21, 2019 at 8:56 pm

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: Greta Mantell, Image Source
February 21, 2019 at 7:53 pm

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
February 21, 2019 at 6:36 pm

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
February 21, 2019 at 5:51 pm

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
February 21, 2019 at 5:26 pm

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
February 21, 2019 at 3:56 pm

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
February 21, 2019 at 3:41 pm

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
February 21, 2019 at 2:41 am

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
February 21, 2019 at 2:23 am

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
February 21, 2019 at 1:42 am

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.
February 20, 2019 at 10:07 pm

Print+Promo is excited to reveal the honorees in this year’s Under 40 spotlight. Cited by their industry peers for unmatched professionalism, visionary behavior and contagious energy, these individuals are dismantling generational labels, and, instead, using the wisdom gained from esteemed colleagues to become mentors in their own right. This week’s spotlight features Danielle J. Kay, sales executive manager, Stylerite Label Corp. …

Under 40: Matt Del Valle, Stan Miller & Associates LLC Powered by Proforma, Cleveland
February 20, 2019 at 9:35 pm

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.
February 20, 2019 at 9:05 pm

Print+Promo is excited to reveal the honorees in this year’s Under 40 spotlight. Cited by their industry peers for unmatched professionalism, visionary behavior and contagious energy, these individuals are dismantling generational labels, and, instead, using the wisdom gained from esteemed colleagues to become mentors in their own right. This week’s spotlight features Jamie Hoelscher, director of merchandising, ePromos Promotional Products Inc.…

Under 40: Greg Schwartz, Hotcards
February 19, 2019 at 8:35 pm

Print+Promo is excited to reveal the honorees in this year’s Under 40 spotlight. Cited by their industry peers for unmatched professionalism, visionary behavior and contagious energy, these individuals are dismantling generational labels, and, instead, using the wisdom gained from esteemed colleagues to become mentors in their own right. This week’s spotlight features Greg Schwartz, vice president of sales, Hotcards…

4 Reasons Promotional Products Distributors Should Be Generous
February 19, 2019 at 3:44 pm

When you think of a successful distributor, what comes to mind? You might think of annual revenue, customer count or number of employees. But, in this day and age, success should also be defined by how generous you are as a company. You’re probably asking yourself what that has to do with being a successful distributor—let me explain...

Executive Perspectives: Bill English, president of Superior Business Solutions
February 19, 2019 at 2:09 am

As part of Print+Promo’s ongoing feature, Executive Perspectives, we get to know leading professionals in the print and promotional industry. This month, we interviewed William (Bill) English, president of Superior Business Solutions, Kalamazoo, Mich. Here, he discusses how to attract young talent, what he does to keep clients happy and why flexible thinking matters...

Executive Perspectives: Bob Chanson, president of Meridian
January 29, 2019 at 8:50 pm

As part of Print+Promo’s ongoing feature, Executive Perspectives, we get to know leading professionals in the print and promotional industry. This month, we interviewed Bob Chanson, president of Meridian, Loves Park, Ill. Here, he talks about the art of innovation, banner opportunities for printers and his confident business approach...