The IPG team has over 30 years of combined marketing and promotional product experience – and we're just getting started. Each of us is different, but we all share one thing in common: a total dedication to knocking your socks off.
After many years of working with some of the biggest names in the promotional products industry, Ray decided to take the leap and start his own company. Together with Anna-Claire, the two began Imagine Promotional Group. More than a decade later, IPG has a thriving business, and Ray is more motivated than ever to keep delighting clients. He likes nothing better than a challenge – the more complex and unusual, the better. Custom solutions are Ray’s sweet spot, and nothing excites him more than developing something for a client that no one else has.
Outside of work, Ray brings the same sense of drive to his hobbies. As a master swimmer with a fast breast-stroke, he devours 6-8 miles in the pool every week, and occasionally competes. On solid ground, Ray keeps in touch with his inner artist by painting.
Anna-Claire brings a wealth of in-depth knowledge to the growing IPG team. In addition to steering the ship on a day-to-day basis, she leads the company’s marketing efforts. As a marketer and business owner, Anna-Claire believes that high-quality products people can hold in their hands are more important than ever in a digital world. And not just any products, but those that deliver real value to people’s lives. Whenever possible, she looks for items that are both eco-friendly and made in the USA. In her spare time, Anna-Claire loves spending time with her family. Whether she's baking a batch of her famous chocolate chip cookies, or playing her ukulele, Anna-Claire makes everything just a little more fun.
As a native Californian, Neils was raised right here in Sonoma County, the heart of the wine country. As a star athlete, he played football for the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Mustangs on a full athletic scholarship. Immediately following college, armed with a Bachelor of Science in Social Sciences, he worked with special needs children for six years before switching to sales and the promotional products industry.
In his free time, Neils continues his passion for helping special needs children and sits on the Board at Plumfield Academy in Sebastopol, CA. He is also a busy father of 3 boys (including twins) under the age of 7. His free time is spent with family, with an occasional round of golf mixed in.
Originally from Virginia, Sherry resides in Durham, NC. She is a graduate of University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a background in non-profit and education. Sherry came from the gourmet food industry where she loved working with clients on custom branded gifts. She now enjoys integrating that experience in to the promotional products industry where she is a key member of the IPG team.
Sherry is a diligent worker who creates a fun atmosphere with her sense of humor, creativity, and sincerity. She loves to find creative solutions for customers, making the experience enjoyable and memorable.Her spare time is spent with her nose in a book (or four), on a hike with her dog Lizzy, or enjoying live music with husband Brandon. To unwind Sherry takes to the kitchen where you’ll find her digging through old family recipes and whipping up something delicious!
Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Marla earned her B.A. in Communications before entering the sports licensing industry and working with major league sports teams. She brings a wealth of industry knowledge and customer care to the IPG team, with a passion for the job that is rivaled only by her willingness to go the extra mile. Around IPG, she's known for being the first to arrive at meetings – the early bird who is always ready to dive in and make our client's lives easier.
Outside of work, Marla loves spending time with her family, wine tasting, and fiddling around in the kitchen. A self-confessed master doodler, no surface is safe from Marla's purposeful pen – not even her work desk.
Gilly comes to us from the apparel industry where she helped launch a branded apparel line. This extensive knowledge in apparel plays a key role in her position as product research coordinator. Gilly is our go to person for all things hip and cool in the promotional products world. Have an odd request? Looking for the unusual? Gilly's sure to have a creative solution.
Born and raised in Redwood Valley, CA Gilly has lived in Petaluma, CA for the past 21 years, where she and her husband have raised their three daughters. Gilly volunteers with the Committee on the Shelterless delivering food to those in need. She enjoys being outdoors and loves to hike and paddle board. Gilly has a life long love for floral design and enjoys creating floral arrangements in her spare time.
Keeping track of the books may not be glamorous, but Valerie brings wit, good humor, and close attention to detail to every part of the job. A vital part of the IPG team for many years, Valerie wields her skills not just for the good of the company, but also for the good of our clients. Her mission is making the numbers add up, keeping accounts in order, and ensuring that checks go out at the right time.
Outside of IPG, Valerie is an active member of the Fabulous Women group in Petaluma, and helps with fundraising efforts for community needs. She loves spending time with her family, and supports the efforts of Lagunitas Brewery by tirelessly researching their products.
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