What is your title/role within your company?
I am the president/CEO and Chief Cat Wrangler
What do you like best about your company?
The size and flexibility of our company allows us to make decisions that are meaningful to us and our clients. The environment is a huge personal concern of mine, so if I want to make a decision about using less invasive freight methods or promoting eco-friendly options to our clients, I can make it a priority without having to wait or ask for permission.
How were you introduced to the promotional products industry?
I’ve been in the business for a long time. I was originally a manager at the Disney Store and applied for a buying position within the Disney corporation. I didn’t realize it at the time, but they were looking for a promotional products buyer rather than a merchandise buyer. The division was a new one for them, so the entire group of buyers built the department together. It was a chaotic but eye-opening experience. I've switched careers several times over the years but kept returning to promotional products. I guess it’s just in my blood.
If you had to pick one, what is your favorite promotional product?
Customized food and snack products - everybody loves getting a snack!
Tell us something about you that most people may not know
My top sales executive, Karyn, is my niece NOT my sister (yup, I am that old) AND we are not the same person. Everyone calls and asks for Taryn or Kerrie, but there are two of us. If I happen to answer her phone, everyone assumes I’m her because we sound so much alike. However sometimes I think we share the same brain. If I can’t think of a name or an item, Karyn always seems to know what I’m talking about and vice versa.