A Look Into About Face Desgins

Written by About Face Designs


afd 2Disenchanted by the doldrums of the corporate world, Bob made an “about-face” and started his own company.

Well, Father’s Day is just around the corner. Do you have a gift for your dad? These days, Father’s Day gifts are so insincere; repeatedly commenting on grilling, golfing, and holding the remote. Worse than that, they can also be derogatory, insinuating that Dads are worthless in the act of parenting. Thankfully, there’s a growing realization that fathers are hugely important and should be greatly appreciated. This year, if you can’t find a card that expresses this message effectively and straight from the heart, try a nontraditional way of letting him know how much he means to you. From mugs to wall décor to our popular Kray-zee Bells, About Face Designs offers a variety of gifts for the “Dad” in your life (or even “Grandpa”). Each item has a unique way of telling him that he is special to you. Our colorful, stoneware mugs feature the cheerful, bright colors of the popular afd 3Sunnyside Up™ Collection with a fun message. They’re packaged in an attractive, colored, window gift box and are dishwasher & microwave safe, as well as FDA Approved and California Proposition 65 Certified. Our wood plaques have 1¼” edge for sitting on a shelf or desk and also include a “saw tooth” for wall hanging. And our assorted Kray-zee Bells are available in traditional handle bells and smaller key chains, both including clever, short quotes.

So, this year don’t forget dear ole’ Dad; he’s one of the greatest gifts anyone could ever have (well…. besides Mom!).

Psst, Coming Soon! Stay tuned for some exciting, new items from About Face Designs unique product line “Hello World”!!!

Vendor Spotlight | Studio M

BenchBy Penny Short, Territory Manager/Line Leader for Studio M

As manufacturers go, Studio M is what I referred to in my retailing days a “GEM.” You know what I mean… A REAL one of a kind vendor, you KNOW your customers will respond to!

Studio M, formerly Magnet Works offers a diverse blend of both staple or “core” items like Garden Flags, House Flags, Door Mats & Mailbox wraps, as well as artistic piece types like, Art Poles, Planter Pots, recyclable coasters & colorful Fairy Garden pieces known as their “Gypsy Garden.”

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There are numerous reasons why I’d put them on my “Top Vendor” list. First, would be creativity… Studio M represents over 125 different licensed artists, Stephanie Burgess, Genevieve Gail, Susan Winget, Lisa Kaus & Hautman Brothers, just to name a few. That alone, makes the product both appealing to a wide audience, as well as diverse with each collection having its own distinct characteristics. Their “Art Poles” are also a unique, one of a kind collection, selling across the board from Garden Centers to Gift Boutiques, coast to coast.

Mat FixtureMy second reason that Studio M earns my “Top Vendor” rating is quality! Quality product, quality people & quality policies… Curt & Sue Todd, owners of Studio M, maintain a “Make what we can, Import what we must” policy, meaning many of their products are Made in the USA, & others are imported or a combination of both to insure quality. They maintain an A+ group of employees as well. While I’ve not met any of their in house employees, their customer service & credit teams are results driven & a joy to work with.

From a retailer’s perspective, Studio M checks A LOT of boxes… Flags, Door Mats, Mailbox wraps, coasters, fairy garden product, Made in the USA, one of a kind artistic piece types, creative& unique just to name a few. If you’ve not looked at the line recently, take one today!

Be Great Today | Kathy Hosier

KHJohn Keiser, CEO of OneCoast, started our “Be Great Today” series. His first post sparked interest and excitement within our company! We will be asking other OneCoast team members what “Be Great Today” means to them and how they work that into their professional and (sometimes) personal life! Up to bat this time, Kathy Hosier, National Sales Manager for the Collegiate Division.

Q: What does “be great today” mean to you?

KH: It means honestly striving to do your best and not cutting corners. For me it also means appreciating all the elements of today and not wishing time away so you can rush on to the next thing. I’ve been guilty of that myself and have tried to be more aware. Today IS yesterday’s tomorrow!

Q: What can you do to “be great today”?

KH: Just put forth your best effort. The results might not always be considered Great, but if you give max effort and do your best on that day, on that project, whatever it is, you’re on your way to being great today. Part 2 is to help others do the same.

Q: How do you encourage others to do the same?

KH: You always want to lead by example but positive reinforcement goes a long way too. I try to take the extra minute to thank someone for a job well done and recognize their efforts and hard work and encourage them to keep it going.

Q: What is your favorite motivational quote?

KH: Oof. No way I can pick one. The Collegiate Team knows I sure do like those sports-related quotations but I personally favor any quotes about resilience and that concept of what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger. When you get knocked down, and we all do, what motivates you to get back up and at it? “Throw me to the wolves and I’ll come back leading the pack” is a fun one. I also like, “Tough times don’t last; Tough people do.”

Kathy’s primary responsibility is to support the sales team in their day to day road work. Working closely with Lisa Gallivan, Vice President of Sales, and our vendor partners, Kathy manages daily activities and meets regularly with TM’s to keep individual objectives on track. She is also directly involved in collegiate marketing efforts including e-mail campaigns and team newsletters.

Prior to joining OneCoast, Kathy spent 8 years in a similar sales support position with a manufacturer in the office products industry.