Awards & Engraving

June '19

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A&E JUNE 2019 • 73 ON THE MOVE Image Awards, Engraving & Creative Keepsakes Moves to New Location In time with its 25th anniversary, Image Awards, Engraving & Creative Keepsakes Inc. moved to a new location in Geneva, Illinois, after calling a 100-year-old building home for the last 12 years. Customers looking for gifts, corporate awards, youth sports trophies, and office signage no longer have to climb a set of stairs to access the shop, as the new location is on a single level. The new location is just over a mile away from the previous shop on the same street. "While it served me well for 12 years, the stairs grew steep and the drafts felt colder," owner Patty Donahue explains about the previous location. Donahue's search, which went on for a couple of years, was originally for a place to rent. When she happened upon the current space, the owners did not want to rent it out, but they would consider selling it. A couple of months later, the For Sale sign went up, and Donahue was on it. The shop originally operated out of Batavia, Illinois when it first opened in 1994 for 12 years, and then another 12 years in the previous location before moving to where it is now. Keep reading here: Howard's Athletic Goods to Close after 74 Years Right off of the Mississippi River and directly southeast of Missouri State University sits Howard's Athletic Goods in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. After serving the greater area with trophies and sporting goods for the last 74 years, Howard's plans to close this summer. Owner Terry Slattery is ready to retire after working there for 35 years. Howard's was founded in 1945 by B.I. Howard, and the first employees were Paul Bray and Frank McClanahan. Over time, it became the place to go for athletic gear and provided local schools as well as Southeast Missouri State University with apparel, swim caps, trophies, and more. As times changed, so did Howard's. Slattery, who purchased the shop in 2013 and is now the sole employee, remembers a time when the shop had up to 15 employees. Slattery first started working at Howard's in 1984. "At that time, we were a full-line sporting goods store," he explains. A popular service the shop provided was embroidering letterman jackets. It even sold canoes for a while. Howard's also had men and women's clothing departments, along with selling trophies and plaques. Read more by visiting OrderMyGear Appoints Chief Technology Officer OrderMyGear announces the appointment of Wade Williams to chief technology officer. Williams comes to the role with more than two decades of tech experience. Williams' career spans multiple industries including the defense industry and the United Nations, as well as leadership roles at numerous startups and high-growth software firms. He comes to OrderMyGear after serving as chief technology officer for Paylease. "I'm thrilled to have Wade join the OrderMyGear Team and support our mission of providing best-in-class software to our customers that help them meet and exceed their goals," says OrderMyGear CEO Dave Dutch. "Wade is known as a proven tech- nology leader that has taken organizations and their products to the next level, and I have every confidence he'll do the same here." As chief technology officer, Williams oversees the company's engineering and IT teams, playing a pivotal role in the company's goal of achieving $1 billion in gross merchandise value. "I'm excited to join such a dynamic, ideas-driven team," Wil- liams says. "OrderMyGear has already proven itself to be an industry-leading, customer-first company, and I look forward to helping them continue to raise the bar in their industry and provide value to their customers." Penn Emblem Names New Regional Sales and Service Director Penn Emblem Company welcomes Ernestine Hurtado as the company's new regional sales and service director for New Mexico, Texas, Arizona, and Utah. Hurtado comes to the role with more than 20 years of experience. Hurtado's background includes expertise in training and development, management, business-to-business sales, and leadership. "I take exceptional pride in what I was able to accomplish with the support of great leaders and teammates," says Hurtado, adding that her milestones include "strategically acquiring new business, providing exceptional customer service to our partners, working within an awesome culture, and engaged teammates." "I'm looking forward to continuing that with Penn Emblem, another fantastic company with a lot of great history and suc- cess," Hurtado states. Williams Hurtado A&E

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