Jeanne Brommer • Co-Founder and Co-Owner • 30 Years
Jeanne is our top sales professional and all around creative visionary. Jeanne started her career in the insurance industry underwriting commercial property and casualty for large businesses. As the creative visionary Jeanne has designed 100’s of custom awards and donor walls, many winning awards themselves! In addition to her sales and design responsibilities Jeanne serves as the “face” of B. Gunther & Company and is the one you will see at industry shows, local chamber events and business outings. Never shy in her spare time Jeanne loves to dance and sing, she is an “old soul” and loves to watch old movies, collect antiques and look after her puppies and birds.
Michael Brommer • Co-Founder and Co-Owner • 30 Years
Around the company Michael is our day to day operations person overseeing many different parts of the company. Michael started his career in retail in the young men clothing business. He credits them with his passionate feelings about recognition, customer service and his entrepreneurial spirit. In 2007, Michael gave an additional part of the business to his partner Jeanne so several of our larger corporate clients could give us additional business as a “Woman Owned Entity”. In his spare time he is riding his Harley “Betty”, working on his real estate investments or in the Northwoods of Wisconsin at his lodge hunting, fishing and living the dream.
Fran Oleksy • Sales Consultant • 28 years
A recognition specialist with 28 years of experience in the awards and promotional products business, all of them here at B. Gunther & Company! She has customers that she has been dealing with every year for over 20 years. After 28 years on the job, Fran is recognized by our customers that come into the showroom. Fran loves being a grandmother and feels blessed to have two terrific children and a wonderful husband. She enjoys keeping fit, listening to music, theater, traveling, and walks in Morton Arboretum.
Shauna Murphy • Production • 24 Years
Shauna started working in the production department at B. Gunther in 1991 and learned the recognition business "on the job". She has been an integral part of the production staff. She has helped the company grow in the types of products that are produced at the store. When not working, her hobbies include reading and crocheting.
Michelle Jefferson • Administrative Assistant/ Sales • 18 years
Starting with the company in 1997, Michelle has become a jack-of-all-trades in her tenure with B. Gunther & Company. She started in billing & shipping, moved to production for a short time, and also did order entry for several years. She is now Jeanne’s right hand gal and salesperson. From researching products, entering orders and working with vendors to helping with the website and some marketing. She also puts her creative skills to work to assist Jeanne in designing donor and recognition walls for companies and organizations all around the Chicago area and across the country. Being a single mom, Michelle spends her time away from work with her son, friends and family.
Amanda Lentz • Graphic Artist/Production • 11 Years
“Mandy” added her artistic flair, wicked awesome graphic design skills and much needed wit to B. Gunther & Company 11 years ago. She is a very hard worker and always ready to take on whatever strange projects we send her way. Jeanne and Mandy work together to create many of our award winning donor wall and custom awards. In her spare time Mandy loves to spend time with the love of her life, MacKenzie, her 3 year old daughter. When not chasing after a three year old Mandy makes jewelry and loves to attend craft shows.
Annette Honquest • Sales Consultant • 5 Years
Annette has been in the award and advertising specialties industry for over 9 years. Customer service is her first priority and most important to her. Annette was raised in a large Italian family and has quite the passion for cooking. Along with cooking, she also loves spending time outdoors, especially in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin where she shares a summer home with family and friends. She enjoys reading, walking and listening to music.
Christa Stankowiak • Order Entry/Webmaster/Graphic Artist • 3 Years
Our newest employee of 3 years, Christa has the vision for bringing new life into routine awards and artwork. She is quick to suggest something a little more upbeat for the recipient to be completely amazed for their recognition. She also has the responsibility to make sure all orders in house are proofed and correct before heading for finalization. After hours she is still at it with her own art. And yes, this girl has her OWN craft room. Color is all throughout her house – there is NO main stream walls to be found, except the ceilings.