NICE TO MEET YOU

We’re more than just pretty faces, we’re promotional marketing and branding experts. Meet some of our team members.

 THE EXPERTS

Heather Sanderson
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Heather Sanderson

CEO/Owner
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Heather started Overture, LLC in 2001 as the Managing Member of the company, bringing not only her entrepreneurial skills and spirit with her, but also a wealth of operational and financial expertise. Prior to founding Overture,Heather was CFO of an ASI industry supplier with five different divisions located in Texas and California, for ten years. Heather started her career working as an accounting manager for a local food distributor with company sales of approximately $10 million and eventually managed the operational side of the business. As CEO and owner of Overture, Heather uses her business expertise to lead the management team and company with a long-term business strategy based on a foundation of controlled growth. Even as Overture continues to grow, she is a permanent member of the company's Mentor Program passing her ad specialty expertise on to the next generation.

Under Heather's leadership, Overture has grown from a small, start-up business to one of the industry's leading promotional marketing companies as attested to by its inclusion in the Top 50 Distributors for four consecutive years. Founding Overture in 2001 with just 3 employees and a small office space, Heather's dedication coupled with her business management expertise grew the company to the leader it is today, composed of over 100 employees and year-after-year revenue growth, all housed in an exceptional 70,000 square foot building. Heather attributes Overture's continued success and ability to weather the current economic downturn to the incomparable staff that surrounds her.

What is your favorite movie?

Too many to choose from, but anything with George Clooney is a winner!

What is your favorite vacation spot?

Amalfi Coast in Italy

Why did you choose Overture?

a I wanted to start a promotional marketing agency that was truly an agency, not just another product distributorship that places order for their clients. Overture was founded so it can be the creative branch of large organizations and provide effective integrated marketing strategies to its clients.

Tej Shah
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Tej Shah

VP, Marketing & E-Commerce
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Tej brings a unique business minded skill-set and proven track record in marketing to Overture Promotions. Prior to joining Overture, Tej co-founded an internet company, WeRemember.org, which was featured in a handful of publications, including The Wall Street Journal and US News & World Report. His experience also consists of developing and implementing the marketing and e-commerce strategies for a variety of companies, including ServiceMaster, SharkZoo and Bank of America. Tej was previously nominated as one of BusinessWeek's Top 25 Entrepreneurs Under 25. Additionally, Tej is a guest speaker, writer and trainer on business and marketing strategy. Tej has a bachelor's degree in both business and pre-medical biochemistry from Loyola University Chicago.

What is your favorite movie?

Superbad, Step Brothers, Bad Boys II, Gladiator, Remember the Titans, Rocky, Donnie Brasco, Bourne Identity... AHHHH!!! Too many to pick just one!

What is your favorite vacation spot?

Anywhere with beer and a beach.

Why did you choose Overture Promotions?

I joined Overture mainly because of the free bagels every morning and mandatory happy hour outings. But… I decided to stay with Overture because of what they have managed to achieve in the past ten years as well as where they are going in the future. Overture separates itself from its competitors by offering in house services that can't be found anywhere else, consistently investing in technology and most importantly, by truly offering creativity, concept and service to their clients rather than just products.

Mike Wilson
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Mike Wilson

VP, Operations
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Mike has shared his experience in management and growth in many departments within Overture. Assisting in all aspects of the building, from managing all in-house services to quality control for all items that are inventoried. No two days are the same in this building and that constant change is what continues to excel Mike forward. Mike understands in order to stay ahead of the curve, Overture needs to constantly be streamlining operations in our many e-commerce stores and finding new technology that will assist in the many decoration methods Overture offers. With all of Overture’s many in-house services, Mike enjoys working with the sales staff to find creative and innovative solutions to new challenges that arise. Mike has earned a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University.

What is your favorite movie?

Goonies. I might hold the world record for seeing this movie.

What is your favorite vacation spot?

Paris and London.

Why did you choose Overture Promotions?

Overture has brought together the best in the industry! Whether it be working with the sales staff or operations, every day is a collaborative effort that moves us forward. I have not seen another company that has so much to offer under one roof. This is a value for the customers that we service with our many in-house services and e-commerce solutions, and also to the employees that work in such a unique atmosphere. Once I walked through those doors on my first day, I knew I had found a company I wanted to be a part of and grow with.

Brian Lisinski
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Brian Lisinski

VP, Finance
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Brian brings 10 years of experience in Corporate Banking where he spent the majority of his time advising middle market companies on a multitude of financial topics. The people, the energy in the office, and the growth story are what attracted Brian to Overture and his financial expertise will make sure the Company can continue to afford those mandatory happy hours well into the future! When he is not in the office, Brian loves spending time with his (almost) high school sweetheart wife Carly, baby girl Kinsley, watching the Cubs, Blackhawks and squeezing in a round of golf or even volleyball at North Avenue Beach.

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Ron Gilley

VP Production
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Aimee Ericson

Aimee Ericson
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When Aimee first came out of college she started at a large promotional products company where she started in inside sales. She trained with some of the most seasoned salespeople (one being our very own, Joe Hazan). At that time she learned the foundation of sales: service, service, service. In her spare time, she loves to run, a new hobby she recently took up and spending time her husband, Dave, her daughter, Kaci, and her son, Brady.

What is your favorite movie?

It changes all this time....this week it is "Just Friends".

What is your favorite vacation spot?

Grand Wailea in Maui, Hawaii.

Why did you choose Overture Promotions?

I have been with Overture since the beginning of its existence. Watching our company blossom into what it is today has been an incredible journey. No challenge is too hard to conquer and each one has made this company stronger. I am proud to say that I am part Overture and I can't wait to see what we do next!

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Amy Waldorf

Amy Waldorf
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Amy’s a California girl at heart, with a degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in Business Administration/Marketing. With over 20 years of sales and marketing experience in the US and Europe, Amy brings a “can-do” attitude and appreciates the value of building client relationships. As a wife and mom (of a toddler and a pug), she is a master multi-tasker. When she’s not at work, she’s either outside, or on a plane, ready to explore!

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Ben Barrows

Ben Barrows
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Joining the promotional marketing industry in 2005, Ben Barrows has quickly developed a vast product knowledge that his rapidly growing client base definitely seems to appreciate. His favorite part of the job? Ben loves the creative aspect. "Coming up with completely unique products that nobody has ever seen before and also products that resonate with my clients brand name and voice is the biggest challenge of my job, but that's what I love." Ben has three children and enjoys playing basketball or watching sports.

What is your favorite movie?

Kung Fu Panda (I have 3 young children...)

What is your favorite vacation spot?

Santa Barbara, CA. Get to see family and the beautiful California coast all at the same time!

Why did you choose Overture Promotions?

I chose Overture because customer service is their number one priority. The team atmosphere created as well as going above and beyond for our clients is what I feel separates us from our competition.

Blake Wasson
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Blake Wasson

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By focusing on developing strong, collaborative relationships that build brands and drive sales, Blake has developed fully integrated marketing plans for clients and their various AORs for brands including Gatorade, Pepsi, State Farm, Crown Imports, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Jim Beam, NFL, Prudential and more. Through those experiences, Blake has learned that the key to success is to ask the right questions to broaden our customer’s vision of what’s “out there” in the promotional space. Blake lives in La Grange with his wife, Erin, and their two children, Jack and Olivia. When not busy coaching various kids’ sports, Blake enjoys golf and traveling to any place close to a body of water.

What is your favorite movie?

Permission for a 3-way tie…? Lone Survivor, Sound City, Braveheart

What is your favorite vacation spot?

Off peak season in Cabo San Lucas

Why did you choose Overture Promotions?

Overture’s leadership and positioning strategy paired with our amazing culture and first class creative. We are in an extremely competitive business and Overture has several key factors in place to create a unique space within our industry.

Bobby Hazan
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Bobby Hazan

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Bobby married his college sweetheart from IU, and their three children (future Hoosiers) have been regular visitors at Overture for several years. Bobby’s all-time favorite movie is Trading Places, so it is very fitting that he was a Crude Oil Options Trader for 10 years before coming to Overture. He is a competitive Amateur Golfer and practices yoga regularly. Bobby has an MBA and Accounting degree from Indiana University.

Bruce Robbin
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Bruce Robbin

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Bruce Robbin brings over twenty years of promotional product experience to Overture with a background in manufacturing and small business ownership. According to Bruce, "Overture is the right place to be to utilize my expertise in the wellness industry. I like to be creative with products, development and design; I enjoy seeing projects completed from start to finish. My sales and service style has always been hands-on."

What is your favorite movie?

The Bourne trilogy, keeps me interested with the adventure and action. Just like my average work day.

What is your favorite vacation spot?

Florida to see my granddaughter.

Why did you choose Overture Promotions?

I can accomplish anything for my clients, thanks to our services and staff.

Cody Sanderson
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Cody Sanderson

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Cody's vision is to change the image of the Ad Specialty industry from companies that sell tsotchke items to companies that provide strategic marketing ideas and strategies. Cody shows no apprehension when it comes to approaching clients with new, creative, and groundbreaking ideas that blow away our competition. According to Cody, "With all the advancements in technology, it's obvious that consumers now have the option to ignore radio, and television ads. Introducing creative and unique promotional items create unparalleled brand awareness and result in ROI much higher than traditional advertising mediums." In his free time Cody enjoys cooking, live music, and going on adventures with his 7-year old son who he gathers all of his inspiration and drive from.

What is your favorite movie?

Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.

What is your favorite vacation spot?

Northwestern Montana.

Why did you choose Overture Promotions?

Because of Overture's fun, forward-thinking and creative environment.

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Cynthia Lavin

Cynthia Lavin
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I am passionate about life and relationships; I bring enthusiasm, creativity, service and value to business. I received a BFA from The Art Institute of Chicago and have completed graduate work at Loyola University Chicago in Organizational Development. With 30 years experience in the field of sales and marketing of custom and branded merchandise, I have maintained long term business relationships and have been recognized nationally in our industry representing client projects.

What is your favorite movie?

Avatar, Brave Heart, Dead Poets Society, Happy Feet, American Pie.

What is your favorite vacation spot?

Bora Bora, French Polynesia.

Why did you choose Overture Promotions?

Overture is a service business comprised of strong characters that are motivated to excel while working together. I am grateful and proud of the relationships I share in partnership with clients, at the office with my support staff and associates, as well as our valued suppliers.

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Dave Robbins

Dave Robbins
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Dave Robbins has been with Overture Premiums and Promotions since its infancy and continues to remain a vital part of the organizations growth. As a graduate from the University of Illinois with a degree in accounting, it didn't take long for Dave to realize that his passion wasn't in finance. Joining the ad specialty industry in 1980, Dave found his passion and quickly established a loyal client base. Dave enjoys playing golf, tennis and basketball... when he's not busy watching them (in his office).

What is your favorite movie?

Goodfellas.

What is your favorite vacation spot?

Cabo San Lucas.

Why did you choose Overture Promotions?

I thought that the company not only had great potential, but loved the in-house services. It's hard to find a company with all these services under one roof.

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Frank Mixter

Frank Mixter
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Having over 25 years of experience in the advertising industry, Frank Mixter brings a wealth of knowledge along with a great sense of humor. Frank also played professional golf in the PGA for 17 years. Besides golf, Frank truly enjoys working closely with clients to help them with any of their marketing endeavors. Whether you have a question about which product to use for an upcoming event or how to fix your golf swing, Frank's the man to talk to.

What is your favorite movie?

Caddy Shack.

What is your favorite vacation spot?

Bora Bora, Tahiti.

Why did you choose Overture Promotions?

Great people, great service and fantastic organization.

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Jan Pennacchia

Jan Pennacchia
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With nearly 20 years of experience in the promotional product industry and having worked closely with companies of all sizes, from small businesses to companies with revenue exceeding $1 billion, Jan has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to products and problem solving. According to Jan, "There are no problems, only opportunities," and applies that philosophy to motivate the Overture team to their full creative potential. While playing a key leadership role, Jan isn't afraid to roll up her sleeves designing new ideas and programs that deliver results. In her free time, Jan enjoys traveling and singing really loud at Bon Jovi concerts.

What is your favorite movie?

French Kiss.

What is your favorite vacation spot?

Northern Italy.

Why did you choose Overture Promotions?

Because of the incredible leadership with true vision and a dedicated team of people that focus on our customers.

Jeremy Manning
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Jeremy Manning

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Jeremy believes that every project is different, which is why he strives to understand the intricacies of each client's needs and campaigns to help with concept development. He prefers to take a proactive approach when it comes to idea generation, and excels at binding strategy with creativity. He's able to craft programs for internal and external communication for product launches and focused projects of all sizes, and he excels at recognizing opportunities for bulk-purchasing, strategic planning, and controlling unnecessary spend. Jeremy joined Overture in 2006, shortly after graduating from Northern Illinois University's College of Business with a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing. In his free time, Jeremy enjoys mountain-biking, lifting weights, and Chicago sports.

What is your favorite movie?

Confidence.

What is your favorite vacation spot?

Don't think I've found it quite yet.

Why did you choose Overture Promotions?

The best thing about my position is that it combines the strategy of sales with the creativity of marketing, so no two days are the same.

Joe Hazan
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Joe Hazan

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Joe joined Overture Premiums & Promotions when the company was founded in 2001, after more than 20 years in the promotional products industry. He has developed a loyal client base, and he loves his job. He's an avid golfer, a serious White Sox fan, and he's married to a Yankee fan. Despite that, he's been married since 1979 with 2 sons, a daughter, a daughter-in-law and 2 grandsons.

What is your favorite movie?

Animal House.

What is your favorite vacation spot?

I love any vacation that includes golf, water, beach and family.

Why did you choose Overture Promotions?

What attracted me to Overture was the chance to provide my customers with the most in-house services – embroidery, silk screening and all the other amenities that literally (well, not literally) obliterates the competition.

Larry Bluestone
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Larry Bluestone

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Larry has over 15 years of experience in the promotions and premiums industries, including managing national consumer promotions and developing targeted products for clients including McDonald's, Hyatt, Procter & Gamble, OfficeMax, Abbott Laboratories, The Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau, Bally Total Fitness, and many more. Having cut his teeth in the sports-marketing and national consumer promotions agency worlds, Larry makes sure his team addresses our customers’ needs from more of a strategic planning point-of-view to deliver break-through, yet relevant, promotional solutions which help clients stand out from their competition.

What is your favorite movie?

Any Mel Brooks comedy (Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, etc. ). Heck, anything as long as I'm laughing.

What is your favorite vacation spot?

Anywhere on a boat, under blue skies and over blue water, and preferably with hot fishing and a cold drink... As they say, "I'd rather be in a boat with a drink on the rocks, than in the drink with a boat on the rocks!"

Why did you choose Overture Promotions?

C'mon, really? Just see all that we can do for you! Or ask our clients. No one else has all that we have here.

Laura Isaacs
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Laura Isaacs

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Laura has spent her entire professional career in the promotional products and brand marketing industry. A self-starter who worked through graduate school in the accounting department of a small marketing organization, her passion for finding the right product for the right customer and her natural marketing insight, found her quickly advancing to vice president of operations.

Laura joined Overture in 2003 as vice president of sales, with her MSW from Northwestern University and twenty years of management and healthcare marketing experience. She brings a hands on approach to account management, creative product development and compliance education.

Laura enjoys travelling with friends, yoga, wine and time with family and her dog Arwen.

What is your favorite movie?

Braveheart - It's all about the scenery with a little historical heritage for me.

What is your favorite vacation spot?

Scotland to visit family, the Highlands, the kilts, the pipes.

Why did you choose Overture Promotions?

Overture is where I can be completely independent, with a whole team of creative people backing me up. All with a "consider it done" philosophy, which is just the kind of support we need to succeed.

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Rich Skora

Rich Skora
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Rich has always been motivated by the desire to make sure the product will achieve the correct needs of the client. After 22 years in the ASI industry, Rich makes sure that the client has the correct product to achieve their goal. Richard Skora is a member of The Friends of the Gettysburg Battlefield Commission, where as a student of the Civil War he pursues his outside interest. He and his wife Lynne will be celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary in 2011. They have a daughter named Brooke who lives in California.

What is your favorite movie?

Caddyshack.

What is your favorite vacation spot?

Madrid, Spain.

Why did you choose Overture Promotions?

I chose Overture because of it's reputation in brand management.

ACCOUNT COORDINATORS

Angela Schaufeberg
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Beth Becker
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Beth Becker

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Beth graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Merchandising. Prior to finding her way to Overture, she worked in retail management for high end luxury brands. Coming from the retail world, Beth brings great experience in customer service, building client relationships, and problem solving. She is very excited to grow with the company and build many new relationships. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her new baby Bennett and puppy Archie.

Carly Derec
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Carly Derec

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Carly is an Elmhurst College graduate with a B.A. in Art Business in 2011. Her previous experience includes work in account management and client services. With her strong communication skills, Carly enjoys planning and offering team support and assistance.

In Carly's free time, she enjoys dressing up and taking pictures of her Goldendoodle Payton and learning new watercolor and acrylic painting techniques.

Erika Latondress
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Erika Latondress

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With a background in the beauty industry, Erika understands the importance of building and maintaining client relationships. The combination of Erika’s creative mindset, project management skills and personable attitude has quickly positioned her to be a vital part of the account management team; her responsibilities include product sourcing, vendor negotiations, maintaining client relationships and overseeing quality assurance.

Erika is a licensed cosmetologist that has also earned a degree in business management, with a concentration in marketing.

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Jamie Brass

Jamie Brass
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Graduated from Iowa State University in 2012. Coming from the event planning world, Jamie brings experience in assisting customers with detailed needs, working within strict budgets and deadlines and knowledge of managing many accounts at one time. Outside of the office I love being outside enjoying the beautiful weather and staying very active.

Favorite Core Value: Work hard, play hard

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Jenna Fischer-Herchenbach

Jenna Fischer-Herchenbach
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Jenna Fischer has a bachelor's degree in business accounting from Robert Morris University. She started in the promotional industry in 2008 and has quickly adapted a vast product knowledge and industry understanding.

The fast pace everyday customer relationship building seemed to be a perfect fit for Jenna. Having a creative and high energy attitude are just a few of the traits that are necessary to be successful in the business of keeping customers happy. That's her goal in mind every day.

Favorite Core Value: Work Hard, Play Hard
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Jennifer Schafer

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Karyn Augelli

Karyn Augelli
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Karyn graduated with a bachelor's degree in education, aspiring to be a teacher and become a lead example for the younger, up and coming generation. Six years of teaching was the best experience and foundation for what would come next for Karyn. Through recommendations, she found her way as an account manager with Overture in 2008. Karyn finds that impressing clients and having fun while doing it is her dream job. Seeing every challenge as a new adventure, she uses her creativity and expertise of the industry to help find the best personalized products for her clients. In her spare time, Karyn loves to travel (without a plan) and play with her black lab, Reggie.

Katie Puente
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Katie Puente

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At the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Katie earned her bachelor’s degree in communication and also minored in business-marketing. After landing an internship with Overture’s marketing department, she was hired for the sales division because of her natural attention to detail. Now with a mix of marketing and sales, her promotional ideas consistently give her high marks from our customers. As a true Wisconsinite, Katie is a lover of all things dairy including flavored milk- preferably banana and cherry vanilla. She also gets a kick out of a good play on words. You know, things that are really “punny”.

Favorite Core Value: Weird is Cool
Lindsay Oswalt
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Lindsay Oswalt

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Since joining Overture, Lindsay has quickly become a valuable asset as a project manager and plays a crucial role in overseeing accounts such as Starbucks, Johnson Controls and Newell Rubbermaid. Lindsay oversees day-to-day operations, monitors order progress, negotiates with vendors and ultimately ensures that every order is delivered on time and accurately. Prior to joining Overture, Lindsay was an analyst at Sears Holdings, responsible for retail space planning and optimization. Lindsay holds a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University. In her free time, Lindsay enjoys playing with her black lab mix, Meeka, and spending time in the city of Chicago with her fiancé.

Lisa Sparreo
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Maribeth Lahey
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Nicole Jones

Nicole Jones
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Nicole graduated from DePaul University with a bachelor's degree in accounting from the Strobel Honors Accounting Program. While working as a medicare lien analyst/accounting assistant at Cascino Vaughan Law Offices, she was able to focus her natural abilities of problem solving, strong organizational habits, and open communication channels into a skill set that enables her to consistently maintain the clients’ interests as a top priority. Her leadership skills and passion to help others really began to bloom throughout the spring and summer she spent volunteering at the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool giving tours. Her passions include music, street art, fashion, neon, gardening, camping, and her extremely handsome cat Ralphe.

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Rina Dafnis

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Sara Dell

Sara Dell
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Before coming to Overture last year, Sara worked in the gaming industry for 10 years. She manufactured and produced circuit boards for arcade games, often with NAMCO (think Pac Man!). Sara now juggles several different projects at a time by working as a project manager. Her favorite hobbies are boating and eating everything, especially seafood!

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Sara Lemieux

Sara Lemieux
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Sara graduated from Purdue University with Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations. Prior work experience includes an internship located in London, in which she was able to gain international business experience. This along with her public relations background has been a valuable asset in working with global needs of our clients. Her passions include brunch and the color black. In Sara’s free time, she enjoys hanging out with her fluffy Bichon mix, Rocky, and her regal cat, Sophie. MEOW!

Shannon DeCaluwe
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Stefanie Lenzi
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Stefanie brings more than 20 years of promotional marketing account and management experience to Overture. She and Laura Isaacs worked together for more than five years on several national promotional marketing accounts including healthcare clients such as BlueCross BlueShield Association. Prior to joining Overture, Stefanie was General Manager for a promotional distributor. Stefanie has a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Loyola University.

E-COMMERCE

John Pipikios
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John Pipikios

Director of Sales
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John Pipikios brings over ten years of experience in managing client relations and is currently responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations and sales within Overture’s e-commerce department. John also manages vendor relationships, factory negotiations and is part of the team that facilitates overseas import projects.

Prior to joining Overture, John worked in the automotive industry and had roles in new business development, management and financial assessments.

Allison Borchers
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Ashley Anderson
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Ashley Anderson

Account Manager
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Ashley has bachelor's degree in psychology from Wittenberg University where she specialized in sociology and conducted an interdepartmental Study relating the political discourse of George W. Bush to Fyodor Dostoevsky’s, The Underground Man. She played for the school’s volleyball and rugby team and coached men’s volleyball. She led the e-commerce division of Overture in gross sales for twelve consecutive months and has cultivated a handful of large clients such as Merck, The U.S. Census Bureau, Kraft and Echo Global.

Dean Schwartz
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Dean Schwartz

Account Manager
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After spending four years in the beautiful Hawkeye state, Dean graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.B.A. in marketing. During his four years at Iowa, Dean kept himself busy by taking a big part of his fraternity as the treasurer, quarterbacking his flag football team, and studying abroad in Italy. Upon graduation, Dean was a wanted man and got a job right out of college in Overture's e-commerce division. As an account manager, he strives to make sure every customer has a spectacular experience. From finding great products to taking the customer through a pain free experience, Dean is the man to come to!

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Erin Wagner

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Ethan Collins

Account Manager
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Ethan is the youngest member of the e-commerce team. While some random 80’s pop culture references may go over his head, he is always attentive to his customer’s needs. When he is not working hard to ensure all of his clients are completely satisfied, he is watching Sports Center catching up on all things sports (except during the miserable late summer months when baseball is the only sport in season). Whether you have rapidly approaching deadline or maybe just need help brainstorming for an event down the road, Ethan is your guy. In the time it takes for a rough mockup to become a flawless promo item, hopefully only a couple of his favorite Game of Thrones characters will have died.

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Jeff Lamarche

Account Manager
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Jeff served in the United States Marine Corps for 8 years. During that time he saw several different parts of the Middle East in humanitarian and combat operations. After that he returned home and completed his undergraduate degree in Marketing Management from Westwood College. Upon completing his degree Jeff worked for a local college doing admissions which added to his understanding of different demographics. In his spare time he plays baseball and softball while getting out and enjoying what nature has to offer. Jeff is dedicated to assisting his team and their clients in achieving their goals and shared successes.

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John Seeder

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Kate McAllister
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Katelynn Fioretto
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Katelynn Fioretto

Account Manager
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Katelynn graduated from the Lee Honors College at Western Michigan. She earned her bachelor’s degree majoring in marketing, with a minor in fashion. Katelynn came to us with a strong background in marketing and sales. We found it easy to match her experience with the thousands of products and services that we offer. Since Katelynn has been with our team, she has quickly proved to us how hard work and dedication pays off. When you work with Katelynn, be confident that she will work as hard for you, as you work for your customers.

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Matt Powers

Internet Marketing
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Matt Powers is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, double majoring in journalism and multimedia studies.  Before coming to Overture, he stayed at the university as the Assistant Director of the Engender Games Group Lab, completing three educational Flash games that were purchased by WiSys Technology Foundation, Inc. As an internet marketer and graphic artist with Overture's e-commerce division, Matt ensures that customer art is at production level quality and educates the importance of promotions and marketing on the company blog. Matt's height and weight measures out well to play pro basketball, but his love of pizza hampered him from making his high school team.

Michael Santiago
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Michael Santiago

Account Manager
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Michael graduated from Roosevelt University with a bachelor’s degree in professional communications. Throughout his college years, Michael worked in the travel industry as a transportation coordinator at O’Hare International Airport. This experience has helped Michael overcome communication barriers with customers and vendors within the promotional product realm. On his free time, Michael plays men’s 12” competitive softball five nights a week and tournaments on the weekends all across the northwest suburbs of Chicago. His competitive attitude and team work on the field reflects off the field. He loves helping his teammates and making sure they enjoy the success of completing their overall goals.

CREATIVE

Erik Manninen
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Erik Manninen

Graphic Design Manager
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Erik joined Overture in the summer of 2013. He received his degree in Visual Communications Design from Purdue University, West Lafayette. Prior to joining the team he had experience working several positions that included everything from large format vehicle wraps to front-end web development. His prior knowledge of the promotional industry and web coding expertise are bringing our clients websites to new levels of user interaction.

Shawn Wohlt
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Shawn Wohlt

Graphic Design, Web & IT
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Shawn has a bachelor's degree in graphic design and visual communications from Westwood College and has been with Overture since 2002. At Westwood, he learned to master many graphic design programs on multiple platforms and considers himself a pro in Photoshop. He also learned web design at Westwood and is a key element in making many of Overture's web stores. Along with his visual communication expertise, he's also is a self taught IT guru and loves a challenge when a problem presents itself. He also takes pride in holding a strict regiment when it comes to graphic standards and guidelines to ensure that your art exceeds your expectations.

Laura Hudec
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Laura Hudec

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Erin Holman
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Brandon Hawks

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OPERATIONS & LOGISTICS

Anthony James
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Carolyn Maksudian
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Special Projects Manager
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Christine Zemke
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Christine Zemke

Accounting
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Christine has been a part of the Overture team since 2006, and has gained experience in both sales and operations. In her current role as Senior Billing Coordinator, she is primarily responsible for reconciling vendor costs and invoicing our customers in a timely manner. Her focus, organization, and analytical skills are an integral part in the success of Overture's operation. Outside of Overture, Christine is likely to be found exploring her favorite city (duh!…Chicago), volunteering at her church, planning her next vacation, or selling items on eBay!

Corinne Sorrentino
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Corinne Sorrentino

Accounts Payable
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Currently Corinne is an intern here at Overture. Her main focus is to help the accounting team stay organized and up to date on accounts payable. With previous experience in customer service, she is able to communicate with vendors and establish a relationship. Corinne will be graduating at Northeastern Illinois University in May of 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. Once she graduates, she looks forward to getting a Master’s in Accountancy. With dedication and patience, her goal is to be a part of the Overture team to the fullest of her potential. Outside of being a bookworm and working, Corinne likes to bowl, watch sports, explore new cities and play with her nephews.

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Danny Hazan

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Eileen Wilson

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Jen Powles

Accounting
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Jen graduated from Illinois State with a bachelor's degree in Public Relations with minors in writing and sociology. She was the Vice President of Philanthropy for her sorority Pi Beta Phi and still actively volunteers as the AAC chair for event planning at the Northwestern University chapter. Jen worked for an accounting office for over two years doing accounts receivable and is excited to bring that knowledge to Overture. Outside of Overture, Jen enjoys baking, crafting, browsing Pinterest, watching TV, and spending time with her new husband Matt and their goldendoodle Daisy.

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Julia Maldonado

Fulfillment Coordinator
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Kevin Doss
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Kristin Becker
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Kristin Becker

Inventory Management
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Kristin came to Overture in 2011 and has gained her expertise in both operations and logistics. Working in various parts of the company, Kristin has quickly gained industry understanding and product knowledge. In her current role, She manages inventory levels for all customer programs. She enjoys working with her fellow team members to ensure that customer satisfaction is achieved and all aspects of the programs are ran to the fullest potential. She has proven that with hard work and dedication anything is possible.

Favorite Core Value: Be Significant. Be Big
Lisa Brandwein
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Lisa Brandwein

Accounts Receivable
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Lisa came to the Overture Family in March of 2014 to join our Accounting Department. With her vast background in billing, customer service and account management, working within Accounts Receivable is a perfect fit for Lisa. Creating personal relationships with our clients is something she takes great pride in. Outside of the office, Lisa spends most of her time with her husband and three children. She enjoys working out, spending time with friends and family, reading, and always loves a night out! She is excited to be a part of the Overture family.

Liz Witbrod
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Liz Witbrod

Accounting
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Liz has recently become a key player in Overture’s accounting team. With her can-do attitude and mad attention to detail, she is able to bring her natural born qualities of organizational skills and leadership to their max when it comes to efficiently and promptly billing orders, managing the company’s receivables, and working closely with each sales team to maintain an even cash flow. With her outgoing and quick-witted personality she maintains great working relationships with each of our customers.  It still hasn’t been decided whether she had been hired for her lip smacking baking skills, sense of humor, or her ability to put forth all her effort into her position, she has become an asset to Overture’s accounting department.

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Lupe Carpio

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Melissa Jones

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Susan Nagelberg

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Sue has over 20 years of Customer Service experience working at High Sierra with the Retail and Promotional industries. She is excited to become a new member of the Overture team. Sue has two adult sons and enjoys spending time with her family and friends. In her spare time she enjoys crafts and sewing.

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Trina King

Fulfillment Manager
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Trina came to Overture with seven years experience in the promotional products industry. For the past two and a half years she has worked in the Fulfillment Department at Overture, overseeing all web stores and managing her team to provide the highest quality of customer service.  In those two and a half years, Overture has grown to over 25 web store programs and continues to rise above its expectations.

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Wendy Parsons
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Embroidery & Screen Printing
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Wendy’s educational background includes a B.A. in elementary education as well as post-graduate work in the field of training and development. It was while working as an embroidery software trainer that she discovered her interest in digitizing. With long-time colleague Nora Lopez, she enjoys overseeing the busy and ever-expanding embroidery and screen print departments at Overture, as well as preparation of screen print art and film, digitizing of embroidery logos, and various administrative duties. The problem-solving side of Wendy loves the variety of challenges that a dynamic operation provides daily; striving for excellence and keeping a good sense of humor are among her personal goals.

Nastia Ilnitska
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Nastia Ilnitska

Production Assistant
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Adriana Gonzales
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Carolina Flores
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Carolina Flores

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Cindi Zavelta

Cindi Zavelta
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Dorotea Juarez

Dorotea Juarez
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Edgar Nabor

Edgar Nabor
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Gabriel Ramirez

Gabriel Ramirez
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Inocente Aguirre
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Jose Romero
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Jose Romero

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Kilino Saucedo
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Laura Cordova
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Laura Cordova

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Maria Gonzales

Maria Gonzales
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Randy Roman

Randy Roman
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Yeni Garrido

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Mario Maldonado
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Mario Maldonado

Warehouse Supervisor
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Abi Ocampo
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Abi Ocampo

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Domingo Garrido
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Jeff Norlin
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Jeff Norlin

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Karla Lainez

Karla Lainez
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Michelle Wilson

Michelle Wilson
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Salvador Garcia

Salvador Garcia
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Tevin Starks

Tevin Starks
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Victor Rodriguez
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