Dan is our Team Leader! As President and owner of Creative, Dan is celebrating 22 years in the industry. He carries with him our master’s passion and secrets that were handed down from his father, Stu Granick, Creative’s founder and inspiration. Dan thrives on the creative aspect of a promotion, always working on and planning the next great idea.
Majoring in advertising at the University of Illinois, Dan continued on and received his J.D. from IIT Chicago Kent College of Law. He practiced corporate law, focusing on business, estate planning and real estate until he joined forces with Stu. Dan’s quick creativity and sharp analytical skills have helped Creative become the business it is today.
Dan is a friend to all who know him. He is a companion and trusted advisor, whether it is business or personal. When he is not thinking about the next big thing he spends time with his lovely wife of 25 years Joyce and three beautiful daughters, Melissa, Jessica and Jamie.
Mike is our lead operator. As Vice President and COO, Mike is all about getting things done! With 15 years of industry experience, Mike is responsible for planning Creative’s strategy and growth as well as lead client contact on a number of accounts.
Mike graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in finance. Feeling the need for more school, Mike then obtained his J.D. from UCLA School of Law. Mike practiced real estate and corporate law for almost ten years before joining Team Creative.
When away from the office, Mike likes to spend time with his family and of course their dog, Louie. Mike enjoys golfing, skiing and keeping in shape whether swimming, cycling or running.
Judy specializes in creating excitement about the infinite opportunities for promotional products and branding solutions. As a Vice President at Creative, Judy oversees the company’s business strategies in addition to interacting with customers on a daily basis. She works with Team Creative to ensure that her customers are getting the most innovative ideas and the very best customer service in the industry.
A graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Business Administration and Marketing degree, Judy began working for a pharmaceutical company immediately after college. After eight years of sales, sales training, and management, Judy started her second career and joined her family’s business, Creative. At Creative, Judy assists customers by integrating effective promotional marketing and branding solutions. Judy enjoys the long-standing relationships that have developed over the past 18 years with her customers. She believes that no problem is too difficult to solve. And, through her problem solving strategies, incredibly positive outcomes are attained.
When she is not thinking about the next customer project on her to do list,you can find Judy serving on the board of EPWNG (Exclusive Professional Networking Group), attending numerous networking meetings, exercising, grocery shopping and cooking while happily enjoying a great cup of coffee. She lives in Northbrook, Illinois with her husband, two teenage children (although her daughter just left for her first year of college) and her adorable Puggle, Louie.
Ann stumbled upon the Promotional Products industry while on a 1985 interview for a customer service position in Nashville, TN. In 1988, when she moved back to her native Chicagoland, she met Stu Granick and three years later his son, Dan Granick. By 1995, Ann helped Dan and Stu launch Creative Promotional Products. Most days, she loves her job and her training as a first grade teacher helps her deal with sales people. Creative brainstorming sessions are the highlights of her days and after hours, she spends time with her partner Barb and their two dogs, Tillie & Tucker. She loves surfing the internet and one of her favorite sites is Stumble Upon!