The Empire Corporate Story
Empire Promotional Products has been a traditional brick and mortar promotional products agency serving major corporations and nonprofit agencies since 1984. Based in Manhattan, we've been actively serving accounts in financial services, health care, media, nonprofit, advertising, cultural affairs and home and industrial furnishings fields. Our client roster includes extensive work with major corporations including American Express, Barnes & Noble, Citicorp, Prudential, United Nations, MTV, Oppenheimer Funds, Universal Motown Records, Young & Rubicam and Fleet Bank. . Since 1999, we've been on the web and have expanded our client base to include businesses and organizations of all sizes throughout the US and abroad. View our guide to promotional products.
The Empire Team
A company is only as good as its people. At Empire, we have a team that's second to none in its dedication, expertise and professionalism.
Carol Mayer, President
As President, Carol Mayer shapes the strategic direction of Empire and participates actively in client services, staff development and growth. She entered the promotional products industry after an exciting career as an educator and has been creating promotional product programs with major corporations and not-for-profit organizations for 23 years. The thousands of projects she's worked on have given her the insight to spot new products that are winners in terms of design, functionality and price, as well as the ability to match clients' advertising and budget needs to the right products.
Fran Korman, Vice President, Accounts & Administration
In addition to being a creative and knowledgeable account executive, Fran Korman oversees the administration of all orders. She started at Empire 18 years ago, having previously been the Sales Promotion Manager for a major liquor company. She's organized, efficient, knowledgeable and creative and has been a key player in managing Empire's growth. With Fran in charge, you can rest assured that every detail of your orders will be followed through to the letter.
Antonia (Toni) Marrero, Assistant Vice President, Accounting, IT and Credit
Toni Marrero is in charge of billing and accounting, and heads up the credit department. She's been with Empire since she started as a part time college student in 2000. Upon graduation from Baruch College, CUNY, she was promoted to full time Assistant Vice President. She's become familiar with the business from a to z and also enjoys helping clients with projects when needed and giving expert, creative solutions to all aspects of getting orders successfully executed.
Empire Account Executives
You won't find a more dedicated, intelligent and knowledgeable group of Account Executives and Account Reps anywhere on the planet. It's taken 22 years to assemble our team of stars.
Sharyn Grossman, Account Executive
Sharyn Grossman has been an account executive with Empire for 14 years. With her MFA in Fine Arts and her position as chair of the Film Committee at the National Arts Club, she brings a special creativity and originality to her approach. Her clients include department stores and companies in the cosmetics, home furnishings, wood flooring and related design fields. She relishes a challenge and enjoys looking for solutions that are fresh and priced with today's budgetary needs in mind.
Darlene Gillota, Account Executive
Darlene Gillota has been in sales for 19 years, as an owner of an interior design company, vice president of a cosmetics company, account manager for corporate sales at Office Depot, and for the past two years, as an account executive at Empire. Her creativity and attention to detail have made her an exceptionally valuable asset to all her clients.
Kathryn Barnett, Account Executive
Kathryn Barnett joined the company in February of 2004. Prior to working with Empire she was a Logo Apparel Account Representative for Office Depot Corp., an Account Coordinator for Lancome Paris, Department Store Division, and an Account Manager for Goldwell Cosmetics, USA. With over 15 years experience in creating and managing promotional events, she has the experience to offer unique solutions that promote. Her clients appreciate her professionalism, attention to detail, and complete follow through.