Bergman, New Director of Administration

The Vernon Company is pleased to announce that it has hired Shannon Bergman as Director of Administration, effective September 1, 2015.

Bergman comes to Vernon with a strong service, branding and sales background. Most recently, Shannon worked for Newton Manufacturing as the Sales Service Manager. Additional experience includes leadership roles at The Maytag Company and West Bank.

In this position, Bergman will assume management responsibilities for the Vernon Administrative Managers and support staff, including Pre-Sales, Customer Service, Order Department and Sales Support. Overall, these Administrative departments provide assistance and support for Vernon’s 270 Account Executives around the country.

Brad Lundquist, Vernon Senior Vice President of Operations, commented, “We are excited to have Shannon join our team. We have been looking for a strong leader to oversee our admin areas, because we know this is a very important role. From helping AE’s find the right products, to getting orders to suppliers, resolving order issues and so much more, these departments are the best-kept secret to Vernon’s success over the last 100+ years. We couldn’t do it without them.”

A native of Newton, Bergman graduated from Upper Iowa University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. She lives in Newton with her husband, Jim, and two daughters; one is a sophomore at Grinnell College and the other is a high school senior.

Vernon Receives Recognition in ASI Power 50

Chris Vernon, MAS, President and co-CEO of The Vernon Company, was recently recognized among the Counselor’s Power 50, the annual ranking of the most powerful executives in the promotional products industry. Vernon moves up three spots to 40th on the Power 50, marking the tenth consecutive year he has made this prestigious list. Mr. Vernon is the only Iowan ever to be recognized in the ASI Power 50 rankings.

The ranking is determined by a panel of editorial experts at ASI’s Counselor magazine, “the voice of the industry,” and is based on factors such as nominees’ achievements, industry leadership and health/growth of their companies.

“It is truly an honor to be recognized among so many of my industry peers,” said Vernon. “I consider myself lucky to work alongside a highly engaged and customer-centric team here at Vernon. We constantly strive to bring our clients great brand-building ideas, value and service. I really feel like this recognition is more of a reflection of the way we work together as a team. I couldn’t be more proud.”

Palm Promoted to Director of Marketing

The Vernon Company is pleased to announce that Vicki Palm has been promoted to the position of Director of Marketing effective immediately.

After joining the Company as Communication Manager in 1997, Vicki most recently held the position of Supplier Relations Manager.

In this new role, Palm will assume management responsibilities for the Vernon marketing staff and will continue to oversee Supplier Relations. The Marketing Team is responsible for creating unique programs and services for Vernon Account Executives to help market their businesses to both clients and prospective customers.

Dave Regan, Vernon Vice President of Sales and Marketing, commented, “Vicki has done a great job for us in her various roles at Vernon, and we’ve often relied upon her industry knowledge and experience to help us achieve our marketing goals. We believe that in this more strategic role, Palm will continue to benefit the organization and our Account Executives with her skills and enthusiasm.”

Palm, a native of Iowa, graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree with major in Journalism/Mass Communication. She lives in the Newton area with her husband and two daughters.

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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