Meet the Team

SALES TEAM

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Don Manchester

Inside Sales Manager

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Don Manchester

Inside Sales Manager

I grew up in Upstate NY, graduated college with a degree in Business Management. Moved to North Carolina about 11 years ago and joined Journalbooks. I have a 12 year old son (Brandon) and I’m happily married to my wife (Tammy) for 22 years now. I enjoy listening to Alternative Rock, coaching my son’s travel baseball team and spending time with my family at the beach or taking cruises. I like to have fun at work, former JournalBooks fantasy football champion by the way. You can find me joking around with our inside team or playing music loudly after hours for the whole office to hear.

  • Likes: football, baseball, the beach and taking cruises
  • Dislikes: traffic, cold weather, disorganization & not winning

Stacy Davis

Senior Inside Sales Rep

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Stacy Davis

Senior Inside Sales Rep

Happily employed with Journalbooks since August of 2005. Started in Customer Service processing PO's, and transitioned to Sales in May of 2008. I have had the privilege of travelling to many trade shows and meeting the distributors that I have grown very close to in my time in this industry. From Ohio, but fan of Crimson Tide college football, Tarheel college basketball, Dolphins pro football, Bulls/Heat pro basketball.

  • Likes: anything tropical, big dogs, kickboxing, sarcasm
  • Dislikes: cold weather, high altitudes, gory movies, bicycles

Tamara Plota

Creative Sales

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Tamara Plota

Creative Sales

A long way from home, Tamara hails from California. She moved to Charlotte in 2013 after two cross country trips, and isn’t looking back. A lot of her free time is spent reading (primarily sci-fi and fantasy), and she loves to cook. Tamara also enjoys a good chasing match with her cat Kira (who usually wins). When she isn’t being a homebody, she can be found at amusement parks, renaissance fairs and other nerdy events!

  • Likes: Rain, anime, board games, bees, pie, pie and more pie!
  • Dislikes: Walking into spider webs, bees, black licorice

Teresa Stern

Creative Sales

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Teresa Stern

Creative Sales

Originally from Iowa (yep, I’m actually familiar with a farm). Graduated from DMACC in Ankeny Iowa. Worked several years in an Advertising Agency then moved on several years later in the textile industry. Worked as a freelance graphic designer for 3 years in Illinois, until one of my clients hired me to be the Art Director of her agency. Been in North Carolina 17 years and will never move again…well, maybe. But it will be an island with a really cute cabana boy! I have three great children. I’m very active, run, enjoy going to Crowders Mountain with my boys, going to Jeckyl Island with family and having a great glass of Moscato. I’m a bit on the loud side and very sarcastic, I’ve had to learn to use my “inside voice” here.

  • Likes: My friends and family, great wine and food, chocolate, chocolate, hey did I mention chocolate? (I’d eat a bug if it was covered in it)
  • Dislikes: drivers (rubbernecks), squirrels, snakes, snakes, did I mention snakes? People who complain, lazy people….sometimes just people, ironic since I’m a people person.

Sarah Parker

Business Development | Inside Sales

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Sarah Parker

Business Development | Inside Sales

Sarah is a Winston-Salem native and just moved to the Queen city with Simba the Cat in April. She received her bachelors in Creative Advertising from Appalachian State University in 2014 and has worked at the "Happiest Place on Earth" for two different internships. Though she misses the Disney life, North Carolina is where she belongs. She has competed internationally with Graphic Design in Brazil, Germany and Singapore. Though she is super positive and spunky, she has a really weird love for scary movies.

  • Likes: cats, Disney, carbohydrates, Fall/Halloween, family time
  • Dislikes: Not being happy, spiders, humidity, frozen entrees

Rachel Gilbert

Business Development | Inside Sales

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Rachel Gilbert

Business Development | Inside Sales

I’ve lived all over the country but in North Carolina the longest so I consider it home. My career path has been pretty devoted to sales but has covered a variety of products – perfume, desk chairs, and lamps to name a few. I’m an avid reader (mostly fantasy, can’t resist a good dragon story) and often contribute my DIY attempts to the Pinterest “nailed it!” board. Life goal is to visit all 50 states and as of 2015, I’m over halfway there : )

  • Likes: The Oxford comma, ice cream, double-digit aged whiskey, trivia games
  • Dislikes: Tomatoes, open-mouth chewers, Will Ferrell, potholes you don’t see in time to dodge

Ella Childe

Business Development | Inside Sales

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Ella Childe

Business Development | Inside Sales

A long time go, in a galaxy far, far away.... I was born to hippies - traveled cross-country in a VW bus, lived in Roswell, NM briefly....and spent most of my childhood in an orange grove in Sarasota, Fl. I can design & sew a ball gown, drive a tractor, knit a scarf, reupholster a sofa, and change the oil in your car. I love the Cubs, the Bucs, Star Wars and Star Trek, all kinds of music (although Punk & Ska usually win the day), Chicago (the city, not the band), tattoos, nail polish, my darling husband, our two amazing, chaotic, stubborn, smart children, our three cats & our two dogs. In my spare time (HA!), I like to paint the walls in my house new colors.

  • Likes: The Rebel Alliance, fashion week, concerts, small breweries, books
  • Dislikes: IPAs, close-mindedness, sloppy design, oysters

Matt Frisch

Business Development | Inside Sales

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Matt Frisch

Business Development | Inside Sales

I’m a 31 year old South Carolinian, born and raised. I graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Business – Marketing, and I’m a proud Gamecock alumni. I consider myself lucky for two reasons: I’m married to a queen who goes by the name Delilah Frisch, and I also have an amazing group of friends who I consider family. I value my relationships in life above all else.

  • Likes: The Miami Dolphins, Food, Laughing, Reading, Learning, Golf, Hiking, Running, Music, Nature, Chess
  • Dislikes: Negativity, traffic

Charlie Hollifield

Creative Sales

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Charlie Hollifield

Creative Sales

"I just showed up and sat in a cubicle and no one has said anything yet"

  • Likes: Stuff
  • Dislikes: Things

Jason L'Heureux

Creative Sales

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Jason L'Heureux

Creative Sales

I’m a Mainer with French-Canadian roots. You probably can’t say or spell my last name. I can ride a moose. I can catch lobsters with my bare hands. I live in a lighthouse. I am left-handed. I run fast. I like dogs.

  • Likes: Cocktails, foosball, Corgis, yoga
  • Dislikes: Imitation crab, bad drivers, seaweed touching me in the ocean

Ashley Dickson

Creative Sales

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Ashley Dickson

Creative Sales

Ashley was born and raised in Miami, FL but moved to the mountains of Western North Carolina as soon as she graduated college. Nothing makes her happier than being outdoors, whether its at the beach or on hiking trails. In her free time she likes drawing, reading fantasy books, and dancing. Her and her husband spend their rare free time together at arcades, local breweries, and in the kitchen - he’s a professional chef... score! Ashley has a passion for using her creativity to make people’s visions come to life.

  • Likes: dogs, sloths, tattoos, sushi, improv comedy, live music, hip hop dance, kids, strange art, YouTube, laughing till my face hurts
  • Dislikes: frogs, sparkling water, being cooped inside, driving in the rain, cardio

Steph McGinnis

Creative Sales

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Steph McGinnis

Creative Sales

I was born and raised Charlotte. I moved away for college and lived by the coast for a bit but recently made my way back home to be closer to family. In my spare time you could find me hanging on the couch with my hubby drinking a glass of wine while watching movies\TV series. I love sci-fi and fantasy and enjoy being a nerd about it.

  • Likes: my kitties -Charlie and Whiskers , cooking , painting , sushi, movies, music, reading, sleeping, relaxing bath, being outside in the sun, hanging with friends
  • Dislikes: eating sounds, celery, being hot, traffic, impatient people

Eddie Rodriguez

Inside Sales

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Eddie Rodriguez

Inside Sales

Eddie is somewhat of a modern-day sojourner who believes he may have finally found a home here in Charlotte, NC. He was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and recently moved from Northern VA. After receiving a BS in Secondary Education in English from Bloomsburg University, he tested the teaching waters in the outer D.C. area, but he wants to see what else life has to offer. When he’s not training for half marathons or riding his bike through his new and exciting city, classic authors have too much of his attention; however, he can’t say no to a verbose yet exacting contemporary satirist or a suspense-creating expert. His guilty pleasures consist of searching through the Pinterest world for DIY projects, new tattoo ideas, men’s fashion, and enticing recipes, oh yes. Life motto: mind over matter.

  • Likes: MONOPOLY, warm tequila, Charlotte’s breweries, distance running and biking, peanut butter with anything, cuddly pets, learning anything (useful), and people.
  • Dislikes: Soda, mayo, ranch, lies, snow, rain, the cold, negativity, bad drivers (use your turn signal at least!), and wasting time.

Dion Norman

Inside Sales

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Dion Norman

Inside Sales

One of the only few people who you’ll meet who is from Charlotte and still lives here. Graduated from Hampton University with a degree in Sports Management. I am a diehard Carolina Panthers and North Carolina Tarheels fan. During my free time, I enjoy listening to music, playing with my kids and watching sports or a good movie. I am a licensed tax preparer, as well as a limousine driver. I am happily married with 2 adorable kids.

  • Likes: Sports, traveling, and having fun
  • Dislikes: Seafood, people who snore, being lied to

Jewel Peterkin

Inside Sales

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Jewel Peterkin

Inside Sales

Jewel is an Inside Sales Specialist with over 10 years of marketing and advertising experience. With strong interpersonal abilities and customer satisfaction skills, she is determined to create pleasant experience as she efficiently guides your JournalBook buying process. She is professional, pleasantly upbeat, business minded and goal oriented. She will be a beneficial asset working with any distributor. Feed her cookies and pastries for lower pricing, just kidding! But she’s open to celebrating Taco Tuesday with you if you’re in the Charlotte area.

  • Likes: Pepperoni pizza, all movies/books related to King Arthur, and sunny days
  • Dislikes: When your sock slides inside of your shoe, bumper to bumper traffic, the person in front of you at a Starbucks

CUSTOMER SERVICE

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Jessica Clyburn

Order Coordinator Supervisor

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Jessica Clyburn

Order Coordinator Supervisor

I was born in small town Monroe, NC. I lived in Anson county for most of my life and then moved to Charlotte my Senior year of high school. I attended King's College and received a Certification in Business Administration. I began working at Journalbooks in 2005 as a receptionist and the rest is history. I have one daughter Brianna. Brianna decided to join the Army Reserve last year and I am very proud of her. My little family is amazing & keeps me motivated. I enjoy hanging with my friends and family in my spare time.

  • Likes: tigers, butterflies, eating & shopping
  • Dislikes: mean people, rude drivers & cloudy days

Christy "CeCe" Wheeler

Order Entry

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Christy "CeCe" Wheeler

Order Entry

When asked to share to you about myself I thought I should begin with just five letters: G.R.I.T.S "Girl Raised In The South". There may be a little country in all of us but there is certainly a lot more in me - you'll know it if we ever speak, I am known for my southern dialect (drawl if you will). As a member of the Customer Service Team, I am the first "eyes" on your order (along with my faithful cohort). I began my tenure with JB's back in 2005 and have grown so much since being here. It is my home away from home and very much like a family.

  • Likes: ice cream, kayaking, scrap-booking, and biking
  • Dislikes: liver, cold weather and rain

LaSena Hardin

Customer Service | Order Verification

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LaSena Hardin

Customer Service | Order Verification

I was born in Charlotte but raised in Gastonia. I’m a genuine, optimistic, positive person! Yes, I’m a true Sagittarius by fault. I have a BS in Human Development and Family Studies and a minor in Psychology. I love spending time with my family and meeting new people.

  • Likes: being creative, making YouTube videos, hanging with friends, and learning new things
  • Dislikes: closed-minded people, traffic, and fireworks

Nyyah Griffin

Order Entry

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Nyyah Griffin

Order Entry

I’m Nyyah (with 2 Y’s), a left handed, very eccentric Aquarius. I’ve worked in retail since 2008 and decided it was time to try something a little bit different but still provide customer service. I’m the only girl and the baby of 3 ( so it’s safe to say I’m a bit on the spoiled side). I am a mother of 2 boys (Boy Moms’ ROCK). I’m actually one of the few that was born and raised in this great ole’ Queen City. I have an obsession with Italian food. I extremely miss the 90’s and early 2000s’ My dream vacation would be to travel to Greece.. Santorini to be exact. My favorite movies are Pretty Woman, Curly Sue, Beaches and Steel Magnolias...I cry every time Shelby dies. I also love to bake.

  • Likes: Purple, Leopards, Elephants and Trucks ( favorite Ford F-250)
  • Dislikes: People that have lack of respect and humility, close minded individuals, and drama-filled people, dirty dish water

Kim Uerta

Order Entry

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Kim Uerta

Order Entry

I was born in Mexico and was brought to Charlotte when I was 7 years old. I’ve lived here all my life, but I love to travel and visit new places. I love reading and sketching and when I’m not doing either I watch old Disney movies. I enjoy going to concerts and meeting new people. I may be shy at first but once I get used to you I’m not so quiet afterwards.

  • Likes: rainy and cold days, cartoons, books <3, craft beer, Disney World, Mountains, anything spicy
  • Dislikes: hot weather, bugs, messiness, and public speaking

Seng Veng

Order Coordinator

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Seng Veng

Order Coordinator

My name says it all, Asian is my nationality, born and raised in California, but moved to NC for a better future. Now married and have three beautiful children! Known to be very shy at first when meeting new face, but as time goes by you'll realize that I am quite the "chatter box". What can I say, I just love people!

  • Likes: fishing, more fishing, bowling, reality TV & most of all spending time with family
  • Dislikes: anything that moves that isn't human except fishes

Letitia Porter

Order Coordinator

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Letitia Porter

Order Coordinator

I am an easy-going, laid-back, happy-go-lucky, fun-loving, and helpful gal from Gastonia! I'm the oldest of four children and only girls (everyone think's I'm spoiled, but I'm not!). I had a great experience in college and graduated from the one and only NCCU oh so long ago! I have two lovely children, one boy and one girl, a teenager and tweenager (whew!). Somehow I've gained the nickname "Church Mouse" by the lovely JB team, lol!

  • Likes: track & field, taking pictures, bowling, skating, helping seniors and children
  • Dislikes: anything that puts a damper on your day

Lindsay (Sloop) Warren

Order Coordinator

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Lindsay (Sloop) Warren

Order Coordinator

I was born and raised in what used to be a little town, Mooresville, North Carolina. Chances are you probably wouldn’t think I grew up on a farm and can drive a tractor or lift hay bales. I promise you I can :). I graduated from UNC Charlotte in 2012 with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education but decided that was not the path I was supposed to go down. During my time off, I love to go to concerts, spend time with my amazing husband Cody, bake, and spend time with my friends.

  • Likes: Dessert, anything with corn & black beans, quoting movies, the Beatles, antiquing
  • Dislikes: Rude people, cucumbers, the music nowadays

Lauren Bishop

Order Coordinator

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Lauren Bishop

Order Coordinator

I was born and raised in Detroit, MI and I absolutely love my hometown. However, I recently moved to Charlotte to try something new and to begin a new adventure. I’m an author with a photography background, having majored in Art & Design at Michigan State University. I may seem quiet but I’m really a chatterbox that just takes a while to warm up. I love spending time with my family and having fun with outdoor activities, as long as there is no running!

  • Likes: reading, kittens, painting, traveling
  • Dislikes: coconuts, rudeness, traffic (and almost anything else that requires waiting)

Juli Hannibal

Order Coordinator

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Juli Hannibal

Order Coordinator

I was conceived in a dorm room in Blacksburg, VA. When I was two-years old my parents told me we’re moving to North Carolina. Being the people pleaser that I am, I packed up my diapers and pacifier; I was ready for the move. I grew up in South Charlotte and graduated from Providence High School. After high school I went to Aveda Institute for cosmetology, I quickly realized that I wasn’t into running my fingers through random heads of hair, so I went back to school. I have an associates in Paralegal Studies and I am a North Carolina Certified Paralegal, so if you need legal advice don’t ask me, I’m not allowed to give it.

  • Likes: small dogs, large dogs, medium dogs, round dogs, long dogs, fluffy dogs, short dogs, and hot dogs
  • Dislikes: not dogs

Lisa Garrett

Order Coordinator

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Lisa Garrett

Order Coordinator

I am Charleston, S.C native but I’ve lived in or around Charlotte for most of my life. I am a born and raised Disney fan. If they would let me I would live in the Haunted Mansion ride at Disney World. When I have the time I read, watch movies and go to Concerts. One of my happy moments is when I found out I could check out 35 books at once from the library I read every single one in less than a month. My Hair has been every color of the rainbow and I don’t think I will ever go back to it being a normal color. I also make my own Mickey ears when I have the time.

  • Likes: Food, Craft beer, wine, Books ( I read a little bit of everything), Cheesy SiFi movies, Motorcycles, Disney( Goofy is my Fav), Heavy Metal and Punk rock concerts, My Dog, Dyeing my hair fun colors, and new Tattoos
  • Dislikes: Bad Drivers, bullies, judgy people, being sick, animal abusers, and losing things

Leslie Singleton

Purchasing Coordinator & Sales Analyst

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Leslie Singleton

Purchasing Coordinator & Sales Analyst

Let me start by saying I am a seriously misunderstood individual. I am a lot like an M&M. I have a hard outer shell that is difficult to melt, put once the shell is broken it is all sweet, gooey goodness. I am a true Charlottean, born and raised. I attended Kings College in Charlotte, NC. After graduating I worked at the third largest law firm in the Charlotte area. I then branched off on my own as an “entrepreneur” for a few years. When this wasn’t paying the bills I found myself at Timeplanner’s door in March of 2000. So far they haven’t been able to successfully kick me out the door! I currently live happily with my husband, of fourteen years, my eleven year old daughter and my spunky kitty named Charlie Brown.

  • Likes: the play Wicked, vampires, reading, cross stitching, horses, berry sangrias and pretty much anything paranormal
  • Dislikes: seafood, water (duh, the Wicked Witch), any form of exercise, snakes

Sonia Murphy

Office Coordinator

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Sonia Murphy

Office Coordinator

Bio?!... Aint nobody got time for that!

  • Likes: sewing, decorating, and shoes
  • Dislikes: not using common sense, lack of communication, and automated systems!

Debbie Wisdom-Davenport

Administrative Assistant

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Debbie Wisdom-Davenport

Administrative Assistant

Joined JournalBooks/Timeplanner Calendars when all of the O'Boyle brothers were still operating the company. Married to a wonderful man and we live with 1 dog - Casey Jones and 2 cats - James Dean and Madison May (they were born in the South). Originally I'm from the NW corner of Indiana in a city called Valparaiso where Orville Redenbacher started his popcorn acreage and manufacturing plant. Spent 20 years in the hospitality industry as Catering Director at a restaurant known for turkey; The Strongbow Inn. Licensed Cosmetologist. Moved to Charlotte in 2004...still not missing the snow!

  • Likes: going to the mountains and waterfalls with my husband, oil painting, muscle cars, dancing, antique stores and flea markets
  • Dislikes: being called Deborah, rude drivers, being bored, exercising, condescending attitudes

ART DEPARTMENT

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Dawn Snider

Art Department Supervisor

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Dawn Snider

Art Department Supervisor

I grew up in a small town in Indiana - aka Amish country. My adventures have taken me to Arizona, California, back to Indiana, back to Arizona and somehow I ended up in the Carolinas! My boyfriend and two cats keep me on my toes. Fangirl of HP, LOTR, BTVS and so much more!

  • Likes: Books, Pizza, Cats, Pizza and Books…and Cats
  • Dislikes: Eight legged beasts

Travis Givens

Graphic Artist | Color Specialist

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Travis Givens

Graphic Artist | Color Specialist

A young boy, raised in a corner of Western Philadelphia. Frequenting the playgrounds was a hobby of mine, I very much enjoyed shooting B-ball. One day, a group of riff-raffs were causing much trouble in my apartment complex. There was an altercation, and it frightened my mother. I was immediately taken to live with relatives in Bel-Air. I still recall the pungent odor of the cabbie that took me there.

  • Likes: 90s TV sitcoms, Sports, Red Velvet Cake
  • Dislikes: duke fans, People who can't park, Lakers fans

Anna Glass

Graphic Artist

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Anna Glass

Graphic Artist

I am an only child and adopted. I grew up in the south, which used to be a small town in Clayton, NC outside of Raleigh. When growing up, I started dancing at the age of two for Clayton School of Dance and competitive swimming. I graduated from Chowan University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Communication and a minor in Graphic Design. I moved to Charlotte to be close to family after living in Virginia for 4 years, which resides in North Wilkesboro, NC and Jefferson, NC. One of the main things I like to do is spend time with friends, family and my four legged fur baby that I adopted a year ago.

  • Likes: Hunting, shopping, and tanning
  • Dislikes: Cold weather

Amber Tanner

Graphic Artist

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Amber Tanner

Graphic Artist

I was born in the small "city" of Mount Holly, NC but raised mainly in Charlotte. I attended King's College and graduated with a degree in Graphic Design in 2009. I'm the kind of person who sits there quietly while an orchestra of sound and thought goes on behind the scenes. I'm a crazy cat lady who only owns a single cat at a time. I don't need the horde of cats to divide my love. I like to wrap up in a blanket and call it my "purrito" as I watch TV with a very content smile on my face at how warm I am. I like long, romantic walks to my fridge. I like to play the occasional video game and Dungeons & Dragons. I have a weakness for Halloween decorations (October is the most wonderful time of the year!). Pretty much if you look up "fabulous" in the dictionary...you will find the definition of the word "fabulous.”

  • Likes: comic books, fantasy novels, plaid things, pasta, horror movies/video games, roller coasters
  • Dislikes: green beans, being cold, full parking lots, the fact that I can never get my eyeliner perfectly even

Kellie Kilgore

Graphic Artist

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Kellie Kilgore

Graphic Artist

I’m the girl in the art department that smiles and waves at everyone that walks by.

  • Likes: Peanut Butter, Design, Videography, Cheddar Biscuits from Red Lobster, Traveling just because
  • Dislikes: Cold weather, dirt underneath my fingernails, flat design

Kevin Barrell

Graphic Artist

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Kevin Barrell

Graphic Artist

I’m a graphic designer experienced with a little bit of everything. I do freelance on the side and I enjoy learning new things and finding creative solutions to real-world problems.

  • Likes: Food, sleep, video games, comics, and movies
  • Dislikes: Driving in traffic, taxes, and exercise

Tyler Adams

Graphic Artist

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Tyler Adams

Graphic Artist

I am a New York City native, now wondering around the South. College graduate from Appalachian State University, with a degree in Graphic Design and Imaging. Started with Journalbooks Summer of 2018! I'm a huge New York Yankees fan when it comes to baseball. Baseball is my first love!! I enjoy playing basketball and working out at the gym in my off time. Along with taking trips and shopping with my daughter Amya. l’m always open to trying new restaurants and exploring different cultures. I love seafood, I could live off seafood the rest of my life. I have a great passion for music producing, which is my second job!!

  • Likes: Sneakers, Music, Sports, traveling, Ralph Lauren, Art galleries, Seafood
  • Dislikes: Slow Drivers, Fast Food, Hot weather, judgmental people

Melissa Root

Graphic Artist

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Melissa Root

Graphic Artist

I was born and raised in Florida, but left the year-round sun to experience what fall, spring, and winter are all about! I attended college at Queens University of Charlotte and played lacrosse there as well. After college, I went to Australia for four months to play lacrosse and explore the country!

  • Likes: dogs, lacrosse, scuba diving, traveling, concerts, chocolate
  • Dislikes: cold weather, traffic

MARKETING

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Carolyn Keene

Marketing & Communications

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Carolyn Keene

Marketing & Communications

I'm a native of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia but I've lived in the Charlotte area for 25 years. I began my JournalBooks journey 18 years ago, starting in the Art Department, then Creative Sales, and now in Marketing. I have a very cuddly, slightly crazed, ginger kitten named Winston. I want to travel to a million places, and I enjoy history, movies, reading, and knitting & crocheting.

  • Likes: music, chocolate, yarn, Ken Burns documentaries
  • Dislikes: humid southern summers, snakes, mushy peas

Elizabeth Sanborn

Graphic Designer | Project Coordinator

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Elizabeth Sanborn

Graphic Designer | Project Coordinator

Born up north and raised down south, an only child that got all of the blame and the praise, Elizabeth’s professional background is in print, graphic design, and marketing. She loves visiting the US National Parks with her husband, Jeff, collecting Arensbak trolls, and cracking geodes. During her free time, she can be found in the tick infested forests hiking, playing with her chihuahuas, drawing, painting, or watching movies.

  • Likes: chocolate, cheese, animals, and pedometers
  • Dislikes: Mike and Ike Candy

Kristin Moore

Graphic Designer | Marketing

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Kristin Moore

Graphic Designer | Marketing

I bet you didn’t think you’d come across yet another App State grad, did you? I grew up around the Raleigh area, but I’m a mountain gal at heart. I earned my degree in Creative Advertising, and after living in Boone for 5 years I decided it was time for something different. I spend the majority of my free time roaming the Charlotte streets with my dog, Summit. When I’m not outdoors I’m usually watching movies.

  • Likes: animals, films, cooking, autumn, soft grass underneath my feet, good jokes and good journals
  • Dislikes: mustard

Liz Balmaseda

Graphic Designer | Marketing

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Liz Balmaseda

Graphic Designer | Marketing

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Meghan Yani

Samples | Marketing & Sales Support

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Meghan Yani

Samples | Marketing & Sales Support

Born in New Jersey, but raised in Florida, I somehow dodged my predisposition to being the worst type of person. I’m a recent Charlotte transplant, having moved here after reading an article titled ‘The New York of the South.’ The article itself was inaccurate at best, but regardless, Charlotte has been great! Hailing from the land of Mickey Mouse and terrible traffic, I’m very much enjoying the lack of tourism and hearing people compare a 20-minute commute to ‘going to Canada.’ By day, you can find me in the Samples department or badgering the Marketing team about our next blog post. By night, you can find me shoving food in my face at some restaurant I read about online or wandering around begging people to let me pet their dogs. I'm also a one-time stand up comic.

  • Likes: other people’s dogs, other people’s kids, a good theme, pop culture trivia, charcuterie boards
  • Dislikes: slow walkers, bad drivers, most textures…I’ll stop now before I get carried away.

Isabel Martinez

Samples | Marketing & Sales Support

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Isabel Martinez

Samples | Marketing & Sales Support

I was born and raised in Mexico and moved to North Carolina when I was 13. I finished middle school and high school in Charlotte. I began working in the bindery and stamping department. After stamping, I was moved to my current position in Samples. I have been working for JournalBooks for a year and a half and I enjoy it.

  • Likes: Spending time with my kids, shopping, going out to dance, and trying new foods.
  • Dislikes: Cold weather, humidity, and spicy foods.

What We've Accomplished

JournalBooks was built on the willingness to work one-on-one with our clients. We believe it is important to get it right every time, time after time. As you look at the many industry awards we've earned, the quality of the products we've produced, and the case studies of exciting challenges — you'll see that when a company cares deeply about their employees, and their product, success follows. We are proud to have earned many prestigious awards. Check out just a sample of some of the awards we've won over time, by hovering over the years below.

Journal Awards

2014

  • ASI Counselor Magazine Distributor Choice Gold Award - Journals & Diaries
  • ASI Counselor Magazine Distributor Choice Gold Award - Office Products
  • PPAI Star Supplier Award
  • SAGE Rating Award - A+ Rating

2013

  • Promo Marketing Gold Supplier Excellence Award for Journals & Notebooks
  • ASI Counselor Distributor Choice Awards
  • PPAI Star Supplier Award
  • SAGE Rating Award - A Rating

2012

  • Distributors Choice Award
  • Promo Marketing Gold Supplier Excellence Award for Journals & Notebooks
  • PPAI Supplier Achievement Award for Client Sales & Marketing Aids
  • Recognized as One of the Top 12 Greatest Places to Work by PPAI - PPB Magazine
  • ASI Counselor Magazine Distributor Choice Award for Journals & Diaries
  • SAGE Rating Award - A Rating

2011

  • ASI Distributor Choice Award /Journals & Diaries - Counselor Magazine
  • Gold Supplier Excellence Award /Journals & Notebooks – PromoMarketing

2010

  • PPAI Star Supplier Award
  • ASI Distributor Choice Award/ Journals & Diaries - Counselor Magazine
  • Gold Supplier Excellence Award /Journals & Notebooks – PromoMarketing

2009

  • Gold Supplier Excellence Award /Journals & Notebooks – PromoMarketing

2008

  • ASI Supplier of the Year
  • PPAI Star Supplier Award
  • PPAI Supplier Achievement Gold Award

2007

  • PPAI Supplier Achievement Gold Award

2006

  • ASI Family Business of the Year
  • PPAI Supplier Achievement Gold Award