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JESSICA HUTWELKER

Jessica has been in the promotional products industry since 2005.  She spent the first nine as a Director of National Accounts managing a multi-million dollar co-op program with one of the leading insurance companies in the country.  Many cornerstone principles that she has relied on throughout her career began in her family’s candy store as a teenager.  In that environment, she learned how essential it is to build strong relationships with all people involved in a business—customers, suppliers, co-workers, upper management.  Coupling that with passion, dedication, integrity, creativity, expertise and energy has brought her to where she is.  She enjoys being a connector, reminding others of their greatness, elevating companies and their brands, and building partnerships … rather than just selling stuff.

In the last year Jessica has secured her MAS certification, joined three different boards (PromoKitchen, PPAI’s Government Relations Action Committee and Distributor Committees), and was recently listed as #16 on ASI Counselor’s Hot 25 List.  Women’s empowerment and millennial engagement in the workforce are two of her passions, and she has spoken on podcasts, panels, and presented education sessions at both ASI Orlando and PPAI Expo about these subjects.  

Fave promo product: Handstands Ergo Mat- game changer!

Fave musician: Anything on Sirius' Coffeehouse station; Bruno Mars, Zero 7, Sara Bareilles, Katy Perry

Year started in promo industry: 2005

Profession before promo industry: Assistant Cruise Director (yes, think Julie!)

First promo ever sold: Ooh, tough to recall!  Probably t-shirts!

Where do you live: The Emerald City (aka Seattle)!

Fave place to vacation: Anywhere I can explore, reflect, reconnect with myself. Nature, cities, people, friends, solo-- all have their highlights.  I remember moments more than trips.

Hobbies: My hobbies involve exploring and taking the roads less traveled; spending quality time with people I care about; empowering others to being their potential and going after their dreams; pushing my boundaries and going outside my comfort zones; incorporating health into my life in various ways; going all out and all in!

Fave alternate word for promo: brand ambassador product (just made that up!)

Fave quote: "Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers. The round pegs in the square holes. ...Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can charge the world, are the ones who do." (Steve Jobs)

Most Overused word: Like