PULSE OF THE NORTHWEST
A panel of distributors to discuss topics and questions submitted by NWPMA Members.
If you missed last week's "Pulse of the Northwest" panel discussion, you can listen to it here: Distributor Panel Discussion. Honest and valuable information on how distributors are coping with the pandemic and what they need from suppliers.
The NWPMA Board is excited to announce that we have put together a group of Distributors within our region to discuss topics that are important to our membership. We sent out a survey to get some strong feedback on what topics are everyone would like to discuss along with some excellent questions for our distinguished panel featuring:
Jill Rogers - Drive Marketing
Jill was brought into the promotional products industry by her Dad in 2011 where they worked as a multi-line team. In 2013, Jill was hired by PCNA to open Trimark in the Pacific NW.
In 2014, she was named a PPB Rising Star, and in 2018, she was awarded PCNA’s Trimark Rep of the Year and Top Growth. After 7 years with PCNA, Jill had her second child and decided the travel would be too much for her and her family, so she switched over to the distributor side.
Jill currently works for Drive Marketing Group in Portland, Oregon as their Director of National Accounts. Her main client partners are in the following industries/verticals: financial, education, social media influencers, consulting, agencies, and clean energy. She’s loving the distributor side of the industry and feels fortunate to have been able to work on both sides, giving her a unique perspective and competitive edge.
Tony Poston - College Hill
Tony Poston is an entrepreneur and business owner that serves as the president and CEO of College Hill, a branded merchandise studio founded in Pullman in 2011. Since its inception, it has grossed over 20 million dollars and donated over $200K to charitable organizations. His visionary leadership helped College Hill grace lists such as Inc.'s Fastest Growing Private Companies in America (2016) and the Best and Brightest Workplaces in America (2019). The company is headquartered in both Pullman and Seattle.
Stacy Garrett - Ideation
Stacy Garrett has been a promotional products distributor since 1999 and has been in the role of owning her own company to being a distributor for a large national company and now a sales professional for a locally owned company in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Stacy has sold about $2.5 million each year for the last few years and looks to do that same thing in 2020 in spite of the craziness of the world. She loves scuba diving and the great outdoors and her two rescue fur babies.
Dan Reading - In The Bag Promotions
Dan Reading is the Vice President of In the Bag Promotions, located in Boise, Idaho. Dan joined his wife Lori in the business in 2013 as the company grew through acquisitions and growth strategy. Prior to In the Bag, Dan spent 30+ years in the Foodservice industry and served in many capacities; Sales, Purchasing, Operations and Finance. Utilizing these skills has helped In the Bag streamline processes, develop growth strategies and as a result of their entire team and Lori’s Leadership, the business has grown from 2 Full time/1 Part time employees, to a team of 12 and has also incorporated In-house decoration as part of the services offered.