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BILL PETRIE

Favorite Promotional Product: The venerable backpack – I have a closet full of them and am in constant search for the perfect one.

Favorite Musician: Too many to pick one so I am changing this to a plural question. In no particular order: Eric Johnson, Beatles, Van Halen, Sturgill Simpson, Stevie Ray Vaughan, ZZ Top, Queen, Foo Fighters, Harry Nilsson, Guster, and Pink Floyd.

Year started in the promotional products industry: 2000

Profession before the promotional products industry: Facilitating mergers/acquisitions in the office products industry

First promotional product sold: a mess of Bic Clic Stic pens

Where do you live? Franklin, TN

Favorite place to go on vacation: Anywhere I can fully unplug and bask in the silence – either that or a music festival.

Hobbies:

1. Hanging out with my family

2. Making barbecue and cooking

3. Creative writing

4. Attending concerts – just about any genre

What is your favorite alternative word/phrase for the term “promotional product?”: Branded merchandise.

Favorite quote: “You can either fit in or stand out. Not both.” – Seth Godin

Most overused word: Disruption. It’s quickly becoming a crutch word of generic business speak and is in danger of losing its true meaning. 

First concert: Kenny Rogers with the watermelon-smashing comedian Gallagher as the opener. I’m still a little scarred.

Best excuse to get out of something: Having spent a measurable portion of my childhood in front of a television, I tend to follow many of their teachings including this nugget from Greg Brady: “Something suddenly came up.”

Strangest trait: Anyone who knows me understands I have SEVERE time issues and absolutely have no ability to handle being late. As such, I’m always early and have mastered “circling” an event so I don’t become “that guy who is inappropriately early.”