If you’re a demonstrator, you might be aware that today we announced a new Stampin’ Up! president—Rich Jutkins, our former vice president of logistics. We made this announcement on our demonstrator website earlier today.
Of course, the reason we need a new president is because we’re losing Dale Fillmore, our president for the past four years. He announced his retirement today. From the beginning of Dale’s time with us, I knew he wouldn’t be with us for a long time—he came out of retirement to join our family—so this day isn’t a surprise. But it’s still bittersweet; I will miss working with him so much!
On the other hand, I’m very excited about working with Rich even more closely than we have in the past. He is a talented, passionate man who is completely dedicated to Stampin’ Up!, and I can sense his enthusiasm for our future! (An enthusiasm I share, by the way. . . )
This change, along with a few structural changes we announced today, are the beginning of what I alluded to at our annual convention last month—it’s a season of change at Stampin’ Up! Changes that are designed to surprise and delight our demonstrators and our customers—and everyone involved in the Stampin’ Up! family.
Most of the changes that are taking place in the next few days and weeks will be internal, designed to help us operate more quickly and efficiently. As we move forward, I anticipate making changes that are more visible to our demonstrators and customers, changes that will make it even more fun and rewarding to be involved with us! So stay tuned. . .