Fireside Chats With Pat

Pat is currently executive vice president of sales at Boundless. Prior to joining Boundless, Pat was vice president of sales for Toppers, a Top 20 industry supplier. Prior to Toppers, he served as vice president of national accounts for Norwood Promotional Products, one of the largest promotional products suppliers in the industry. In his free time, Pat enjoys drinking a cool beverage while attempting to play golf.

Boundless was acquired by a private equity partnership in June of this year. With the industry seeing more changes than ever in ownership, mergers and acquisitions, I thought this would be a good time to sit down with one of the investors and interim president of Boundless, Charley Dean. He shares his perspective on how he views the industry’s greatest opportunities and challenges...

For years, the primary promo industry client technology solution was a simple website where buyers could search for product and request a sample or quote. But now, due to technology advances in other industries, companies are demanding more from their promotional vendors...

Throughout the years, I have seen talented salespeople enter this industry with an eye on becoming a million-dollar producer. They work hard early on, have some customer wins, and see their sales increase. By years two and three, they become much smarter regarding the nuances of this industry. They see sales continue to progressively grow,…

I've spent countless hours attending sales seminars, reading books and viewing instructional videos to improve my sales presentation skills. Over time, I felt that many of these training programs were saying the same thing, just in a different way. Here are five fundamental steps that I found lead to a successful first sales meeting...

Historically, there is a high failure rate amongst industry commission sales professionals. However, the upside is that there’s no ceiling to an individual’s income—the more you sell, the more you make. I have found that the most successful ones exemplify traits that take their game to a different level...

This month, I decided to bring in a new voice to show what it takes to make it in this ever-changing industry. Crissy Manwaring, an industry veteran and expert specializing in business development and recruiting talented salespeople, was kind enough to sit down with me to discuss what it takes to truly be successful in promotional products sales...

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