Katie is the founder of Tradeshow Bootcamp and owner of Kelp Designs, a Southern California based stationery studio. Her cards and accessories can be found in stores nationwide. Katie earned her MBA in marketing and finance from Loyola Marymount University and has spent the last 14 years coaching small businesses on marketing and business development strategies, while building Kelp Designs. Katie has a passion for creating, a mind for business and a strong desire to help others succeed. 2014 marks Katie’s sixth year exhibiting at the National Stationery Show.
Adam is the modest owner of one of the best companies ever; Life is Funny Press. Launching Life Is Funny in 2009, Adam has been working in the printing industry since 2003 and has been printing letterpress since 2006. Armed with a Sharpie and a sense of humor that very well may have peaked during Clinton’s first term, Adam designs and prints all of his cards from his Los Angeles based studio. Adam attended Tradeshow Bootcamp’s Paper Camp in 2014 and showed his line at the National Stationery Show for the first time in 2014 as well.
Ali is the owner of E. Frances Paper, a sweet and happy stationery company that hopes to remind you that it’s the little things in life that are really, really good. She runs the company with her two sisters, with whom she might spend slightly too much time on daily dessert discussions. Ali started E. Frances Paper in 2013 after working many years as a graphic designer and illustrator teacher, and now creates all the hand-painted watercolor paintings for their card and gift lines. Ali attended TSBC’s Paper Camp in the spring of 2013, launched her wholesale line in the summer of 2013 and exhibited for the first time at the National Stationery Show in 2014.
Allyson is a brand manager at MailChimp, an email marketing service that allows people to create, send and track email newsletters. She travels frequently to events and talks with people about how to use email marketing to support their businesses. Allyson nursed a life-long obsession for stationery during her time at Mohawk as project manager and editor of stationery and design blog Felt & Wire.
Briana is the owner of Brainstorm, a New Hampshire based illustration studio with an online shop full of silkscreen and digital art prints. Along with biz partner (and almost husband) Jason, she’s always working to expand her collection by mixing hand-drawn elements with modern screenprinting techniques. Her prints range from educational and informative to totally nonsensical, simple, and bold. Brainstorm prints are carried in stores big and small around the globe and can usually be found hanging on the walls of young hip parents in your nearest major city. Brainstorm is also available for interesting custom illustration projects and plans to teach print classes in their studio in the coming months. Briana attended TSBC’s Paper Camp in 2013 and has exhibited at the National Stationery Show twice.
Alyssa joined Laura Hooper Calligraphy full-time in January 2014 after working part-time for Laura Hooper Calligraphy for nearly five years, while simultaneously enjoying a “day-job” in event management for over 10. In addition to corresponding with potential and current clients, Alyssa manages collaborations with creative colleagues in both the wedding and lifestyle industries. Most recently, Alyssa has implemented an everyday line of products.
Amber is the owner of Flywheel Press, a graphic design letterpress studio and retail store-front located in the San Francisco Bay area. Amber firmly believes in paying it forward and sharing her experiences in an effort to help others. In addition to her work at Flywheel Press, Amber recently launched an after school art program to teach children about printing and running a business. Amber has exhibited at the National Stationery Show, both in a shared and solo booth, as well as at the California Gift Show.
Carina is the founder of Crow + Canary, currently representing a diverse line up of independent designers and card companies. Carina is a frequent speaker on business related topics pertaining to the stationery industry. She contributes to design blogs such as Design*Sponge and Oh So Beautiful Paper, and has been profiled on numerous stationery and business blogs. Crow & Canary has exhibited numerous times at New York Now and the National Stationery Show.
Chelsea is co-founder of Sugar Paper, a design studio & retail boutique located in Los Angeles, California. Chelsea and her business partner, Jamie Groebecker, believe that personal stationery makes a deep, lasting impression. These close friends founded Sugar Paper in 2003 after falling in love with the simplicity and nostalgia of letterpress printing. Today, Sugar Paper is renowned for its design aesthetic, unparalleled taste and perfectionism. They have been featured in Martha Stewart weddings, VOGUE, InStyle, Lucky, Vanity Fair, Real Simple and Domino.
Claudia is the founder of Fig 2. Design Studio. Named one of Stationery Trends ‘Top 10 Designers to Watch’ in 2012, Claudia’s work has been featured in top tier publications such as Martha Stewart Weddings and Bride’s. Claudia’s wedding collections can be found in stores nationwide, including the Judy Paulen boutique at the Bloomingdales flagship store in NYC. 2014 will mark Claudia’s fourth year exhibiting at the National Stationery Show. Claudia attributes TSBC as part of her success and confidence in exhibiting at NSS and taking her business to the next level.
Cyd Converse founded The Sweetest Occasion in 2008, bringing her lifelong passion for design, entertaining, fashion and photography to life. By day, Cyd can be found blogging, day dreaming, keeping company with her lovable old black lab, drinking copious amounts of coffee, and planning weekend trips to the farmer’s market. She holds an undergraduate degree in architecture and a Master of Business Administration from St. Bonaventure University. Cyd resides in Syracuse, New York where she also writes for Babble, a wildly popular parenting and lifestyle website.
A self-described over achiever, Emily Ley earned fancy degrees in english, marketing and public administration before marrying her college crush in 2008. She and Bryan call South Florida home with their little boy. In love with design and aching for a way to balance work, motherhood and all things in between, Emily created the Simplified Planner® (a daily agenda for busy women like herself) in 2011 to help her truly make what matters most happen. Emily’s work has been featured on MarthaStewart.com, Glamour.com, Southern Weddings Magazine, Stationery Trends Magazine, Disney Baby and Good Housekeeping Magazine. Her love for a good cappuccino, the culture of the South and her label maker is only trumped by her adoration of her sweet Brady Ley. Emily attended Tradeshow Bootcamp’s Tradeshow Webinars in the fall of 2013 before exhibiting at the National Stationery Show in 2014.
Erika is the Creative Director of Analog Creative Co. and the founder of Delphine and Chromatic & Co, award-winning invitation, stationery and design companies. Erika was recently named one of the “Top 10 Designers to Watch” by Stationery Trends Magazine along with Jonathan Adler and Vera Wang. Delphine’s wedding albums were carried in top tier Papyrus stores and hand selected retailers nationwide. Erika’s work has been featured in magazines such as Martha Stewart Weddings, Exquisite Weddings and The Knot, as well as on countless blogs and design books. Erika has exhibited numerous times at the National Stationery Show, Atlanta Gift Show, and New York Gift Now.
Heather is co-owner of Rock, Paper, Scissors, a custom invitation and paper goods shop located in Charlottesville, Virginia. She manages the retail side of the business, finessing what to order, when, and how many. She loves hearing shoppers laugh out loud as they read cards in the shop –confirmation that she’s brought on the right mix of sassy and sweet.
John is currently the eCommerce Director at a large retail chain and was previously the Director of eCommerce + Operations for Delphine. John has broad experience directing eCommerce, web development, technical, financial and administrative projects. With previous hard-earned leadership and operational experience as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps; John’s discipline and love of efficiency, coupled with his appreciation for user experience and good design, keeps things running smoothly.
Julie is co-owner of Sweet Paper, a high end stationery boutique in La Jolla, California, that specializes in stylish cards, wedding invitations, custom stationery, and unique gifts. A consummate organizer, perfectionist and lover of all things celebratory, it is no surprise that Julie’s first career was in the event planning industry. It was always the paper part of events, from the invitations to the thank you notes, that she loved most. Joining forces with her sister Theresa, the two founded Sweet Paper in 2010 and have since been doing their part to keep the art of inviting alive, one party at a time.
Kate is the owner of Broadway Paper, a stationery boutique in Milwaukee, Wisconsin that offers greeting cards, calendars, prints wedding invitations and personalized gifts. Kate fell in love with the longtime stationery business and took a job in the shipping & receiving department in 2008 after college. After a short time of heavy lifting and opening hundreds of boxes and learning more about the industry, she purchased the company from her employer in 2009.
Julie Stewart is Senior Counsel for a Fortune 500 and also the owner of Kiss and Punch Designs, a Los Angeles design studio offering letterpress goods. Julie earned her J.D. from UCLA and specializes in corporate law and commercial contracts including vendor agreements, sponsorships and licensing. Julie is a TSBC alum and understands what it takes to run a small business in the stationery industry.
Kimberley is the New York sales representative for Crow + Canary. During her 15+ year career in the stationery industry, Kimberley has worked at Crane & Co., Kate’s Paperie, as well as two of her own independent boutiques. She got her start running a letterpress studio, and has since worked all sides of the business – manufacturing, wholesaling, custom printing, multi-unit retail, buying, merchandising, and now repping. She has attended tradeshows as both a buyer and exhibitor. Kimberley’s vast experience in the industry provides a unique and valuable perspective.
Laura, of Laura Hooper Calligraphy has worked with countless brides and grooms to create the most elegant calligraphy for their invitations and wedding stationery. She also designs custom hand drawn maps, unique place cards and other chic items for the most discerning of brides. Laura has worked with several high profile celebrities and companies for their personal and corporate events, and has been published in numerous magazines, including The Knot, Inside Weddings, Martha Stewart Weddings and Town & Country Weddings, among others.
Lisa Krowinski is the chief rocka at Sapling Press, a letterpress studio based in Pittsburgh. In 10 years, Lisa has grown Sapling Press into a nationally recognized brand with her greeting cards sold online and in stores internationally. She sells direct to consumer, wholesale, licenses her art, licenses copy from others and works on custom design and print projects. In addition, Lisa runs letterpress workshops from her studio.
Lori is the owner of Marzipan Inc., an extensive stationery line of embellished greeting cards, letterpress cards, custom imprintables and photo cards. Her cards are sold online and in stores internationally. Lori has been working in the stationery industry for more than 13 years and brings a wealth of knowledge to the table, including experience working with distributors, reps and hiring a team of employees.
Mary Kate is a photographer based in Frederick, Maryland. Mary Kate photographs everything from weddings and families, to corporate events, to products. In fact, she photographed our Paper Camp conference in DC last October and has done product photography for several TSBC alums! A photographer for more than 10 years, Mary Kate enjoys helping families and businesses tell their story.
Megan Soh is the studio manager at Fig. 2 Design and heads up business operations like fielding client inquiries, inventory management, order fulfillment, and being Claudia’s second pair of eyes and voice of reason in design and production decisions. On the side, Megan freelances for many small businesses doing everything from wedding coordination and photo styling to guiding in creative strategy and business organization. And when she has a chance to catch her breath, you can find her writing her lifestyle blog, petitely.
Meg is the boss lady and doodler at Belle & Union Co., a stationery company brimming with old-fashioned American wit and wisdom, whose writings, wrappings and wares feature hand-rendered typography and illustrations. She currently resides in College Station, Texas (whoop!) with her husband, Joshua, self-proclaimed press whisperer and all around jobber for B&U, and their shop dog, Ellie, who mainly sleeps when not chasing squirrels.
Michelle Loretta is a consultant for small business owners and writes daily for the Sage Wedding Pros’ business blog. She blends her past as an accounting nerd, sales vixen, and stationery entrepreneur to help entrepreneurs better their businesses. Her particular strength is in financial analysis and strategy. She loves educating others on money matters and can help any business owner be more confident and intentional in their finance decisions.
Nole is editor and publisher of Oh So Beautiful Paper, a daily design, wedding, and lifestyle blog. Nole is passionate about design and all things paper. She fell in love with the world of wedding invitations and stationery while planning her May 2008 Washington, DC wedding and started Oh So Beautiful Paper to help connect other engaged couples with talented designers.
Sarah is the founding editor and editor-in-chief of Stationery Trends, an award-winning, design-focused trade quarterly magazine devoted to all things paper. In producing each issue, Sarah reviews a huge volume of work encompassing both up-and-coming designers and established industry icons, plus many in between. She travels to trade shows around the world to spot emerging trends and is a frequent industry speaker — her seminars at National Stationery Show are typically standing room only and sell out each year. Sarah has been quoted extensively in the media and blogs at ThePaperChronicles.com. After graduating from NYU, she worked in various editorial positions in publishing including a stint in HarperCollins’ illustrated book division. Sarah lives in Ohio with her husband, young daughter and small dog.
Rachael is the founder and co-owner of Pistachio Press, a Rochester, NY letterpress studio and retail store-front specializing in fine stationery, greeting cards, invitations and limited edition prints. Her products are sold online and in stores internationally. In addition to running Pistachio Press, Rachael teaches fine art at the University of Rochester. Rachael has exhibited at the National Stationery Show, New York Now and the Atlanta Gift Mart for several years, in both shared and individual booths.
Samantha is the owner of Noteify, an eco-friendly, city-inspired paper products and soft goods company. Samantha started note•ify in 2009 after working for 10 years in the San Francisco advertising scene as an art director. She loves to travel and uses her original photography to influence her stationery designs. Her favorite spots outside of the U.S. are Africa, Amsterdam, Vietnam, Cuba, and Mexico. Samantha has done the Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco, Austin, Brooklyn and Los Angeles, as well as SF Bazaar Bazaar, SF Made Holiday Gift Fair, Indie Mart, Patchwork, Unique SF, and many more. She is also one of the organizers of the Holiday Crafterino in Petaluma.
Samantha is co-owner of Gus & Ruby, a paper boutique and letterpress print studio in studio in Portsmouth, NH. She loves spending her days working with clients to craft the perfect invitation or announcement and believes in celebrating all of life’s momentous occasions.
Tilney fills many roles at Man vs George, including product designer, social media mogul, booth bunny, card-folding elf and chief photobomber. When not up to her eyeballs in paper, Tilney can usually be found exploring Milwaukee’s art, music and food scenes and making the most of her Netflix subscription… because if she doesn’t send back at least 1 DVD per day, she’s just not trying hard enough.
Katie Hunt, Kelp Designs, LLC
DESIGNERS + MANUFACTURERS:
Erika Firm, Delphine
Claudia Smith, Fig 2. Design
Amber Ellis-Seguine, Flywheel Press
Katie Hunt, Kelp Designs, LLC
Lori Dunbar, Marzipan Inc.
Rachael Hetzel, Pistachio Press
Lisa Krowinski, Sapling Press
Chelsea Shukov, Sugar Paper
TSBC ALUMNI SPEAKERS:
Ross Moody, 55 Hi’s
Meg Sutton, Belle & Union
Lindsey Kath, Branch & Cotton
Barbara Buenz, Double Bravo
Jen Pham-Corbett, Farewell Paperie
Claudia Smith, Fig 2. Design
Heather Centurioni, HB Designs
Rosanna Kvernmo, Iron Curtain Press
Rich Sherman, J. Ames Art Parlor
Julie Stewart, Kiss & Punch Designs
Alyssa Law, Laura Hooper Calligraphy
Laura Leader, Laura Hooper Calligraphy
Tilney Fitpatrick, Man vs George
Robyn Wehab, Meant To Be Sent
Meg Gleason, Moglea
Nicole Block, The Nic Studio
Samantha Barsky, Noteify
Kristen Ley, Thimblepress
Garett Mayfield, Wednesday
Emily Ley, Emily Ley
Adam Smith, Life is Funny
Ali Flippin, E. frances Paper
Briana Feola, Brainstorm
RETAILERS / BUYERS:
Susan Kropp, Chirps + Cheers
Amber Ellis-Seguine, Flywheel Press
Chandra Greer, Greer
Kate Stzrok, Broadway Paper
Samantha Finigan, Gus & Ruby Letterpress
Rachael Hetzel, Pistachio Press
Dani Antol, Rock, Paper, Scissors
Heather Haynie, Rock, Paper, Scissors
Holly Bretschneider, Salutations
Chelsea Shukov, Sugar Paper
Julie O’Brien, Sweet Paper