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Founders’ Circle 2018: Discovery

What does Discovery mean to you? For some, it’s about pushing the limits; for others, it’s about finding a better way.

At Boundless, we like to think of ourselves as being a trailblazer in the promotional products industry, so it is not surprising that a theme of “Discovery” was especially meaningful at this year’s Founders’ Circle event. Woven throughout the strategic meetings and social events was the thread of exploration and discovery of the industry, of business opportunity, and of self.

San Antonio’s La Cantera Resort & Spa in early April was the picturesque setting for this event, which every year brings our key stakeholders – Sales Professionals, Corporate Team Members, and Preferred Supplier Partners – together for a multi-day conference that focuses on ideation around new product and creative campaigns, identifying growth opportunities, and celebrating the successes of our partners. Our attendees left with new partnerships and tools to deliver even more creative solutions to their client base.


Panelists:  Tim Mason – PCNA,  Laura Turner – Alphabroder,  Beth Marston- Navitor

Leading off our growth sessions was an industry panel with executive leadership from the largest industry associations – PPAI’s Paul Bellantone and ASI’s Tim Andrews – joining remotely alongside three industry experts from some of our most strategic partners to discuss the future of the industry and trends in the marketplace. The panel explored threats and opportunities and highlighted why key partnerships are so vital to thriving in our industry.

A later session expanded on the discovery theme and included creating a ‘map’ of our client base in order to identify and discover key areas where we can consolidate and support our clients’ brand strategy. And lastly, the final growth session shook things up with Dr. Todd Dewett, a leadership and life expert who advocates for authenticity in relationships, both in business and in life.


Not to be overlooked, the evening events were a vital component to building those relationships outside of a traditional meeting format. An Art Deco-themed ballroom was the setting for our awards banquet, celebrating the accomplishments and contributions of our Sales, Supplier, and Corporate partners to Boundless’ success.

With a wall of chandeliers as the backdrop, we were thrilled to present this year’s Green Jacket to none other than Graham Robbins, who has been with Boundless for nearly 10 years and has wholeheartedly embraced the Boundless Core Values.

The Green Jacket is the Boundless version of a Lifetime Achievement Award and recognizes the commitment of an individual to the Core Values and to the success of those around them. Congratulations to Graham and all of the award winners listed below for your achievementsfounders-awards-1



Find a Better Way

Sales – Amber George, Dallas TX

Corporate – Rebecca Klapper, Operations

Supplier – Ken Thomsen, BIC Graphic

Do the Right Thing

Sales – Steve Cohen, Narberth PA

Corporate – Jessica Groen, Mission Control

Supplier – Crystal D

Go Above & Beyond

Sales – Rick Dupon, Grand Rapids MI

Corporate – Greta Burdsal, Commissions

Supplier – Tanya McKinney & Pam Herron, SanMar


Sales – Andi Vopalensky Morales, Austin TX

Corporate – Morgan Wilks, Sales Support

Supplier – Tracy O’Neill, Spector & Co.

Embrace the Fun

Sales – Joe Racina, Houston TX

Corporate – Wade McMahon, Sales Support

Supplier – Katie Swinburn, Pop! Promos


The Rookie of the Year – David Harlow & Will Lamb (T3 Promotions), Edmond OK

The Creative – Crissy Manwaring, Las Vegas NV

The Survivor – Hunter Janda, Germantown TN

The Socialite – Stephanie Wheeler, San Diego CA

The Techie – Ellie Abbadessa, Phoenix AZ


Green Jacket Lifetime Achievement Award – Graham Robbins, Dallas-Fort Worth TX

Highest Sales Overall – Theresa Roberts, Phoenix AZ

Highest Sales Month – Sue and Tom Sweet, Rochester NY

Highest Team Account Sales – Kathy Kempff, Rita Hazen, Michelle Veintemillas (AHA Team)

Outstanding Performance – Shari Ziganto, Downers Grove IL

Closing with an evening of mariachi music floating over the rolling greens of the Arnold Palmer Golf Course, this year’s event was one for the books. We can’t wait to see where our journey leads next!

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