Chris Vernon Named CEO

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The Vernon Company recently announced that Chris Vernon, Co-CEO of The Vernon Company, has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman effective July 1, 2016. Chris will continue to serve as President and manage daily business operations across all Vernon operating divisions. William F. (Bill) Vernon will continue as the Company’s Chairman.

Chris Vernon has been with the Company since 1987 and has held various responsibilities in sales and marketing. He was appointed to Co-CEO in 2014 and President and Chief Operating Officer in 1999. He is a graduate of Lake Forest Academy, Lake Forest, Illinois, and has an undergraduate degree in political science and a master’s degree in business administration (Kellogg Graduate School of Management) from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He worked for Harris/Lanier Corporation and NCR Corporation in the 1980s prior to joining Vernon.

“This is another step in our succession planning & leadership transition process that has been occurring the past several decades,” stated Bill Vernon. “Chris has proven himself to be an effective leader in our business, our industry and within the community during both good and difficult business cycles.  He has also built an outstanding executive and administrative team to whom we are deeply indebted. We are very proud of the success and growth of our businesses in the promotional product and sign graphics markets.”

VERNON NAMES RICK BUCKLEY SUPPLIER ACCOUNT MANAGER OF THE YEAR

The Vernon Company awarded Rick Buckley, who represents Tri-Mountain, as Supplier Account Manager of the Year at the company’s National Sales Meeting held April 18 – 20 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Vernon strives to recognize people who continually go above and beyond expectations. The company began honoring individual supplier representatives four outstanding service and dedication to Vernon and its account executives in 2014.

“Rick has been working with Vernon for many years and makes it a practice to exceed expectations in helping our account executives,” said Vicki Palm, Director of Marketing for The Vernon Company.  “They know they can reach out to him anytime for help with client projects, and he will deliver.”

“The Supplier Account Manager of the Year award means a lot to me because The Vernon Company is like family to me,” said Buckley. “The Vernon account executives and support staff are always nice and friendly to work with. Vernon is one of my top accounts, and it was an incredible honor. I want to thank Vernon for the years of great business and great relationships.

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VERNON NAMES SANMAR AS SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR

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The Vernon Company recently recognized SanMar with the 2015 Supplier of the Year Award during the company’s annual National Sales Meeting held April 18 – 20 in Des Moines, IA.

The Supplier of the Year Awards is given annually to the industry supplier that provides the best overall service to The Vernon Company and its customers. The award is based on important quality considerations including product selection and quality, pricing, customer service, problem resolution and marketing support programs.

“SanMar is a great partner to The Vernon Company,” said Vicki Palm, Director of Marketing for The Vernon Company. “They have been instrumental in helping increase our overall apparel sales as a company.  In a survey to our account executives and internal support departments, SanMar received more ’exceptional‘ votes than any other supplier.”

“We are deeply honored to accept the Supplier of the Year Award,” said Susan Rye, Director of Strategic Accounts at SanMar. “It is humbling for us to be recognized by such an amazing organization as The Vernon Company. As much as we appreciate this award and as grateful we are for it, the greatest reward is simply being given the opportunity to work with a group of wonderful people at Vernon.”

VERNON UNIVERSITY BRINGS TOGETHER ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES, SUPPLIER PARTNERS

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The Vernon Company hosted its annual national sales meeting, Vernon University, April 19 – 20, at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown in Des Moines, Iowa. The three day event brought together 100 Vernon account executives from coast-to-coast and over 75 supplier partners in Central Iowa. This was the first time in almost 50 years that the company held a national event in Iowa.

Day one featured educational workshops and round table discussions, with topics ranging from social media to college licensing, and a welcome reception that was open to all Vernon corporate office staff, as well as the account executives in attendance.

The second day included supplier presentations and a special trip to the Vernon corporate headquarters in Newton, Iowa where account executives were able to tour the facilities and meet support staff.

“This year’s meeting in our home town allowed our account executives to bond with members of our internal support team,” said Dave Regan, Vice-President of Sales & Marketing for The Vernon Company. “Both staff and account executives enjoyed the interaction and walked away with a stronger appreciation for what the other does on a daily basis.”

The final day of Vernon University included a trade-show featuring the company’s preferred vendors and a luncheon honoring Vernon’s Million Dollar Club members. The day concluded with a formal awards banquet recognizing the company’s top producers, rising stars and supplier partners.

Next year’s Vernon University is being planned for April 2017 in Palm Springs, California.

Vernon Implements Online Learning System for Employees

The Vernon Company is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with lynda.com to offer its online educational system to all home office staff.

lynda.com is a leading online learning company that helps users acquire business, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Through Vernon, members of the company’s home office staff now have access to the lynda.com video library of more than 4,100, engaging, top-quality courses and video tutorials taught by recognized industry experts.

“We are really excited to start using lynda.com. Our ultimate goals are to help our employees build and expand their personal skills and knowledge and to grow professionally,” said Chris Vernon, President and Co-CEO at The Vernon Company. “In today’s competitive marketplace, it’s imperative that we arm our staff with the best tools and resources available to not only help them in the workplace, but also to help them expand their overall knowledge and skill sets.”

lynda.com, Inc. was founded in 1995 and was acquired by LinkedIn earlier this year. Learn more about lynda.com on LinkedIn or by visiting www.lynda.com/press.

The Vernon Company is recognized as one of the largest and most successful promotional product firms in North America. Founded in 1902 by F.L. Vernon, we serve more than 40,000 customers from our Newton, Iowa corporate headquarters.

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