EMPLOYEE OWNED: P. Graham Dunn's 300+ employees are now the new owners of the company!
P. Graham Dunn Names New Vice President of Sales
POSTED ON 02.17.20
Brian Bossman will join P. Graham Dunn as the new Vice President of Sales on February 17th. In his new role, Bossman will provide leadership and direction to a growing sales team at P. Graham Dunn. He will oversee both the independent and mass sales channels, as well as seek new areas of growth for the company. P. Graham Dunn will lean on Bossman’s years of experience within the gift industry to continue to build the now employee-owned company.
P. Graham Dunn CEO, Patrick Helmuth, is excited to onboard Bossman. “We’re extremely happy to have Brian join the team here at P. Graham Dunn. We’ve admired his expertise, integrity, and professionalism for a long time. We believe he is a perfect fit for the P. Graham Dunn culture.”
Founder Peter Dunn adds, “Other than a one-year hiatus in 2019, Brian and I have worked together in the Giftware Industry for the last thirty-two years when Brian first broke into this industry. He was a green, yet eager, road rep when he first started carrying our products. My wife, LeAnna, and I have grown to greatly respect Brian both professionally and personally. We are honored to have him join our company as Vice President of Sales.”
Bossman received a degree in business administration from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. He started in the giftware industry in 1988, and most recently served as Co-Owner/Co-Founder of IntegriTEAM Marketing & Sales in Greenville, South Carolina for the past 22 years.
“I am honored to join P. Graham Dunn with its rich and storied history, and look forward to working alongside incredibly smart and talented people who are passionate about our business,” says Bossman. “My experience with the company goes back decades in the form of sales representation, and I’m excited to join P. Graham Dunn as their new Vice President of Sales.”
P. Graham Dunn is nestled in the heart of Amish Country and manufactures art, gift, and home décor. What started over forty years ago as a mission assignment on the streets of New York City has blossomed into an international business, serving thousands of accounts throughout the country and around the world. Rooted in humble beginnings, the business remains nimble and continues to adapt to an ever-changing gift industry.
P. Graham Dunn Announces Additional Location in Canton
POSTED ON 10.21.19
P. Graham Dunn is set to officially open a new retail location in Canton on November 1st, 2019. The gift and home décor manufacturer is opening its doors in the building previously occupied by Lifeway Christian Stores at 1100 30th St. NW, Canton, OH 44709.
P. Graham Dunn has a long history of producing American-made home décor in the heart of Amish Country. Their current retail location in Dalton will continue to provide inspirational products to its shoppers and serve as their flagship store. The opportunity to expand is a significant milestone for the company. Andy Yost, Vice President of Sales says, “In an era where gifts, books and Bibles are being purchased online, we understand that in-store experience is paramount when drawing shoppers into a brick and mortar location. By opening a store in Canton, we are hoping to emulate the same experience shoppers get when they visit our Dalton corporate store—one that evokes inspiration, joy, and hope and provides an atmosphere of peace and calmness; a respite in the busy-ness of life.”
The new store will be open Monday – Saturday 10am – 8pm, and will feature a large selection of P. Graham Dunn’s modern, farmhouse, and inspirational décor, as well as greeting cards, Bibles and books, Melissa and Doug children’s toys, and other gifts. The store will offer a one-of-a-kind shopping experience, with features such as an interactive children’s area, where kids can play while their parent shops. On-the-spot personalized gifts will also be offered for last-minute shoppers and those seeking a unique, memorable item. Bargain shoppers will be able to shop the Factory Outlet to purchase discounted overstocked, discontinued, and unfinished merchandise.
Anthony Burdette, Vice President of Marketing and Product Development, is eager for the store to open. “We are excited about this new venture – it provides us the opportunity to reopen a retail location that has served the city of Canton for over 40 years. We understand the importance of local business and hope that this new storefront will not only be a destination for our locally-produced décor and gifts, but also a place of inspiration, encouragement and togetherness for the people of Canton and its surrounding communities.”
Founded in March of 1976, P. Graham Dunn is a leading, domestic manufacturer of inspirational art, gift and home décor, currently distributing to over 8,000 accounts nationwide. Family owned and operated since its founding, the company recently became employee-owned in September 2019. This transition assures a continuation of company values and allows P. Graham Dunn to remain nimble and continue to adapt to an ever-changing gift industry.
For information on the Grand Opening Sale and celebration November 1st - November 9th, 2019, visit P. Graham Dunn on Facebook by clicking here.
Dunn Family Sells Company to Employees
POSTED ON 09.03.19
The Dunn Family, long-time owners of P Graham Dunn, Inc, is proud to announce the sale of P Graham Dunn to its employees in the form of an employee stock ownership program (ESOP). All 300 employees will be retained in the transition and eligible employees will become owners.
“An ESOP is our best tool for transitioning P Graham Dunn from one generation of leadership to the next,” said Peter Dunn, founder and long-time CEO. “The first two employees LeAnna and I hired, Carol Curie and Robert Shetler, are still with us after forty-two years. An outright sale of the company to a competitor would highly jeopardize fellow workers that have been with us for decades. An ESOP assures a secure future and a continuation of our values for those that have shown dedication and loyalty to us. Our ongoing management team representing 133 years of employee experience will be augmented with outside skilled leadership on our board of directors.”
The company will retain the familiar P Graham Dunn name and will be directed by an experienced team of leaders. Patrick Helmuth will become the newly appointed CEO. Joe Knutson will continue serving as company President. Additional management will be composed of Robert Shetler, long-time VP of Manufacturing, Franklin Geiser, VP of Technology, Andy Yost, VP of Sales, and Anthony Burdette, VP of Marketing and Product Development, all continuing in their current roles. Peter Dunn will also continue to contribute to product development and operations, lending his genius and expertise as an advisor to the new employee-owned company.
“On behalf of the employees, I want to thank the Dunn family for giving us this opportunity to keep the business locally owned,” said Helmuth. “Our people are what make P. Graham Dunn a leader in the industry. They will be the key drivers behind our future success.” Helmuth continued, “Our retailer customers should experience the same excellent service from our customer service team and our sales and marketing partner - OneCoast”.
P. Graham Dunn is nestled in the heart of Amish Country and manufactures art, gift and home décor. What started over forty years ago as a mission assignment on the streets of New York City has blossomed into an international business, serving thousands of accounts throughout the country and around the world. Rooted in humble beginnings, the business remains nimble and continues to adapt to an ever-changing gift industry.
The company displays its products in OneCoast showrooms in Atlanta, GA, and Dallas, TX, and operates its own showroom in Las Vegas, NV. It also operates its factory, warehouse, and retail presence in Dalton, OH. Continued growth for the company has been a result of newly developed sales channels and product categories beyond inspirational décor, including dedicated lines of coastal, Christmas, and craft products.