JournalBooks/Timeplanner Calendars Celebrates 40th Anniversary
2011 will mark the 40th anniversary of Charlotte, North Carolina-based Timeplanner Calendars Inc., also known as JournalBooks. The anniversary will coincide with the launch of the refreshed, redesigned Timeplanner Calendars catalog for 2011-2012. To kick off the anniversary celebration, all 112 employees recently enjoyed a company-wide barbecue complete with anniversary T-shirts and Visa gift cards. The company plans to continue their celebration throughout January.
For years, Timeplanner Calendars has focused on creative imprinting and flexible production of made-to-order planners and notebooks. Founded in 1971 by Jerome O’Boyle, Timeplanner was one of the first companies in the promotional products industry to offer customization on monthly and weekly calendars at low minimums. The business still credits much of its success to this innovative, flexible approach. “We showed distributors the ways to customize a product, instead of just showing products,” said O’Boyle who, though retired for many years, still frequents company-wide events. “We gave customers what they wanted, when they wanted it, and how they wanted it.”
After Jerry O’Boyle’s retirement, Timeplanner continued to thrive under the direction of his six sons: Jim, Tom, Larry, Joe, Tim and Patrick, who together developed the popular JournalBooks line based on the success of the company’s made-to-order philosophy.
Now part of Polyconcept North America, the second largest hard goods supplier in the industry, JournalBooks and Timeplanner Calendars continues its success under the direction of general manager Tim O’Boyle. “I am extremely proud of our entire organization, the opportunities we’ve created for employees, and the many lives that this company has touched,” said O'Boyle on the upcoming anniversary and his personal history with the company. “My dad always said that business goes where it’s invited and stays where it’s appreciated. That’s true of our business, and it’s true about our employees, too.” In its 40-year lifespan, Timeplanner/JournalBooks has retained many happy employees for over two decades, including one of Jerome O’Boyle’s original hires, Cindy Nesbit, JournalBooks quality control manager, who will celebrate her 37th year with the company in January.