Jon Freed is a business owner with a player-coach sales management style. Not content to just hire and train, he likes to get his hands dirty (preferably with ink) and help inspire success; leading by example. He and his team love what they do and it shows in their long term client and vendor relationships, testimonials, and a steady stream of referrals.
- Print management derived from nearly 20 years working for a variety of printers, mailers, and 15+ years as a broker/distributor and manufacturer's representative.
- Freelance writer of my sales blog: Food for Thought, several newspaper articles, a 7-year columnist for a DM industry publication, as well as penning some fiction and a children's book on the side.
- Networking guru & volunteer (past or present): Member of DMAW - Direct Marketing Association of Washington and co-author of monthly Volunteer Spotlight for Advents, member, and former Board of Directors of Charlotte DMA. DMA Atlanta former Advisory Committee and occasional speaker, Former: Charlotte PCC - Board of Directors, "Who's Who" of Executives & Professionals.
Print management expertise includes design, narrow and wide web, digital, flexo, and sheetfed offset, jet and converted envelopes, with a specialization/mastery in labels and label applications. Skilled in packaging, packaging design, equipment & automation, consulting, and strategic purchase of consumables – including import.
Jon has been happily married to his wife, Vivian for over 30 years and they have 2 grown children. On their days off, they enjoy kayaking, working on their nearly 100-year-old Craftsman home, dabbling in real estate (Vivian was on an episode of Fix It & Finish It), and playing with their 5 cats including Tyra, their 12-year-old African serval and a pair of wicked little sphynx (hairless monsters). Jon also enjoys reading, writing, skiing, skydiving, camping, and fishing.
Michael Toscano is a highly skilled Senior Graphic Designer with 23 years of in-house, agency, and Fortune 500 experience, working with Corning and Walt Disney Publishing. He has won several awards for his work including two from Graphic Design USA.
Michael is a dedicated team player. His designs are innovative, creative, thorough, and fast! He has created innovate new concepts for branded packaging, marketing campaigns - including magazine ad placement and tradeshow collateral for our brewery, distillery, and ag/chem clients.
He joined the Hive Mind in 2020.
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