Top Brands Inc. Announces Sale to Industry Veterans
Top Brands Inc., Oshkosh, Wis., a supplier of products to the premium-incentive and promotional products industries, announced the sale of the company to two industry veterans, Pam and Gary Slavonic.
The couple has an extensive background in the industry. Pam started her career as an incentive buyer for Dr. Pepper, and transitioned to senior buyer at Mary Kay Inc. before joining her husband at their premium rep agency, Premier Incentives, in 1991. Gary Slavonic’s background was on the supplier side, starting with RCA Records before founding Premier Incentives in 1990. During the past three years, he was director of business development for Promotional Products Association International (PPAI).
“Top Brands will be 55 years old next year, and its success has primarily been because of the commitment and hard work of our employees, and that will not change,” said Norma Jean Knollenberg, owner and CEO of Top Brands Inc. “The foundation of this company isn’t changing. Gary and Pam share the same philosophies in business with Gus [Knollenberg, CFO of Top Brands Inc.] and me, and they bring years of experience and knowledge in the channel, so I feel strongly that with Gary and Pam at the helm, and with the staff to support them, Top Brands will continue to flourish and grow.”
“Norma Jean and Gus have done an outstanding job of building Top Brands into one of the leading companies in the industry,” said Gary Slavonic. “Pam and I are excited about helping to write the next chapter in the successful history of Top Brands, and look forward to providing our customers and vendors with a seamless experience.”
The Knollenbergs will stay through the end of the calendar year to assist in a smooth transition. Top Brands Inc. will continue to operate out of its facility in Oshkosh, Wis.
For more information on Top Brands Inc., visit www.top-brands.com.