Awards & Engraving

April '20

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A&E APRIL 2020 • 57 ON THE MOVE The King of Camo Engraving Shop Opens in Georgia The King of Camo opened shop north of Atlanta, Georgia, this past November. Owner Nate Patel says his goal for the business is to provide the area with something unlike anywhere else in town — a shop that offers custom engraving and products geared toward police, military, and firearm enthusiasts. Serving the police force and military is important to Patel, as he had many friends join the military after college. He, however, followed in his father's footsteps when he became an aviation inspector. Patel traveled all over the world during his career in aviation, but ultimately decided he wanted a job that would keep him at home with his wife and kids. He happened to come across laser engraving on social media about two years ago, sort of by acci- dent, Patel explains. Once learning more about it and getting the necessary equipment, he worked out of his garage until his wife encouraged him to open a storefront. Now open, the front of the shop features an assortment of tac- tical equipment, including flashlights, holsters, and wallets, while the back of the shop is where Patel keeps his fiber laser busy. "My goal is to have anything law enforcement or local soldiers might need," says Patel. "But I kind of consider myself a laser engraving artist more than a company that just pumps out a massive amount of laser engraved products. Most of what I do is one-off, unique, and I like it that way." Read more of Patel's story online: Koehler Paper Group Acquires Beaver Paper & Graphic Media Inc. Koehler Paper Group, a global producer of specialty paper, announces the acquisition of Beaver Paper & Graphic Media Inc., a manufacturer of sublimation media to the dye-sublimation and digital print industry. In 2016, Koehler Paper Group acquired a minority interest in Beaver Paper and simultaneously entered into a shareholder agreement, leading to this final acquisition, according to a com- pany press release. "This acquisition represents an amazing opportunity to pool the expertise of two global leaders in their sector of the paper industry," says Kai Furler, CEO of Koehler Paper Group. "With our combined knowledge base and industry reach, we can help increase Beaver Paper's efforts to develop consistent, quality products creating a superior portfolio of sublimation media." As a member of the Koehler Paper Group, Beaver Paper will continue to be headquartered in the Atlanta, Georgia area and will remain the same company under the new leadership. Learn more about the acquisition: Ryan Applebaum Returns to A&E as National Media Consultant Broomfield, Colorado-based A&E magazine announces the promotion of Ryan Applebaum as its newest national media consultant. Applebaum previously held the role of sales support for A&E. "I am really excited to transition into the media consultant role for A&E magazine," says Applebaum. "It has been great working for NBM the last couple years, and I'm ready to continue the journey." In his new role, Applebaum will be instrumental in working with new and existing clients on digital and print initiatives. "Ryan brings with him a tenacity and eagerness to succeed, as well as knowledge of the market and familiarity with our client base," says Dan Peckham, publisher of A&E. "I'm excited to watch him flourish in this role." Geneva Capital Announces Leadership Change and Promotions Geneva Capital announces a new president and two promotions as leadership shifts. Andrew Cavers takes over the role of company president after being with the company since 2005. He began his career at Geneva as a regional sales manager, focused on providing equipment leasing and financing solutions to the southeast region of the U.S. For the last 12 years, Cavers has been the director of sales for the company, over- seeing a division of regional sales managers. As president, Cavers focuses on Geneva Capital's long-term growth initiatives. Under his direction, the division expanded into several new markets and experienced more than a 680% growth in sales, according to the company. Mark Watkins, Geneva Capital founder and CEO, says, "This promotion was a natural progression for Andrew." Watkins notes that Cavers is well- respected among other employees and is an advo- cate for company culture. With this leadership change, Troy Putnam, a 15-year Geneva employee, fills the role of director of sales. After first serving as the company's credit analyst, Putnam spent the last 12 years as a regional sales manager. In his new role, Putnam leads a division of regional sales managers focused on offering financing solutions to various markets, including digital printing and apparel decoration. Along with Cavers and Putnam's recent moves, Geneva Capital promotes Jamie DeBoer to fill the role of regional sales manager. DeBoer has been an integral part of the company's inside sales team for two years and now oversees sales for the Midwest region. Applebaum Cavers Putnam DeBoer A&E

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