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Who we are.

Meet the Experts.

The people behind the magic

We are Active Imprints, a branded merchandise agency that works closely with clients to deliver valuable custom products that serve as lasting reminders of your brand and event.

Dave Garboski Active Alliance Partner

Like my friend Duane (Watlington, Active Imprints’ CEO), I started printing T-shirts to earn money as a teenager. In my case, I was a sophomore in high school. My favorite part has always been designing and creating, and that soon became my lifelong pursuit. First, focusing on art classes in high school, then studying illustration at commercial art school. Taking someone’s idea and giving it life beyond what they ever imagined is most satisfying.  For more than thirty years, since before adulthood, commercial art and design has been my primary source of income.

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Duane Watlington, CAS President/CEO

Duane started printing T-shirts in his Grandmother’s garage when he was 16 years old! Now, 30+ years later, that T-shirt business has grown into a multi-million dollar Branded Merchandise Agency! Using his street smarts, business education, and entrepreneurial spirit, Duane has assembled a team of trusted experts to serve the promotional and branding needs of our clients.

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Elizabeth Stephenson Active Alliance Partner

Desperate to get into advertising, I wrote a cover letter the local advertising agency could not ignore. I was hired as a client services representative, taking advertising budgets and figuring out how to spend them to get the highest return on investment. For some reason, the call ins for promotional products always made their way to my desk and before long I was promoted to an account executive selling both magazine advertisements and promotional products.

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Steven Bove, CAS Senior Corporate Account Executive

With over 25 years of experience, all at Active Imprints, Steve has seen and done it all! From printing and production management in the screen printing department to managing Global customer’s most important marketing campaigns, Steve has the experience and knows how to get things done. His industry knowledge sets him apart from the rest because he understands the technical aspect of each project that lends him the forethought of what will replicate well. Steve offers his clients knowledgeable solutions that deliver a high ROI while at the same time generating unprecedented excitement from their targeted audience. Steve is determined to make each client project his own masterpiece.

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Steven Grennen Production Coordinator

Steve has over 12 years of experience in the promotional products industry. He has spent those years working in the receiving, screen printing and purchasing departments. His favorite part of the job? Steve loves to problem solve. “Being able to work together on a problem and solve the issue with my colleagues is by far my favorite aspect of the job”. Steve is also a member of the local Volunteer Fire Department and an avid NY Giants fan.

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Taylor Jacobs Graphic Artist

Taylor has loved drawing and art for as long as she can remember. She decided to make it a career in High School when she took her first Graphic Design class. This particular form of art grabbed her because the idea of helping others bring their ideas to life seemed like the perfect fit. Taylor worked from high school up to studying the art of Graphic Design at Kean University. Now she gets to help create products, graphics and art for people every day. Hobbies: Crocheting, Comic books, Music, and animation.

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Violetta Nicpon, TAS Account Manager

Violetta joined the Active Imprints team during the summer of 2011. During her first three years, she was an integral part of our success, working directly with Steve Bove, on some of our biggest projects. Her attention to detail, dedication to customer service and “never quit” work ethic landed her a promotion to Account Executive in 2014. She understands that every project is different, which is why she strives to understand the ultimate goal for each and every one of her clients.

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