Design Group Americas proudly presents its Upscale & Specialty division – LANG, CR Gibson Signature, The Gift Wrap Company and NIQUEA.D all coming together with an incredible portfolio!
Senior Vice President and General Manager
Joe Fahy joined The LANG Companies, Inc. in 2018, bringing a wealth of experience in the wholesale gift, home and housewares industries. For more than 30 years, Joe has established himself as a results-oriented leader working for notable organizations such as tag®, Colonial Candle®, General Housewares Corp. and Blyth, Inc. His extensive knowledge in consumer products has shown proven success in sales, revenue growth, merchandising, marketing, business development, retail and multi-functional management. Joe has a BA in History from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, and has been a long-term member of the International Housewares Association’s vendor advisory board. Joe likes to spend his free time with his wife, Mary Pat, their six children and their grandchildren. He enjoys playing the guitar, listening to music and an occasional round of golf.
Chief Marketing Officer
Julie Smith has a broad career in consumer products in sales and marketing driving market share, revenue and profitability. She has worked with iconic brands such as Sharpie®, Paper Mate®, Kenneth Cole, TOMY, Mead®, Golden Books® and Rolodex® building and executing marketing campaigns both nationally and globally. What she enjoys most about working at The LANG Companies, Inc. is the incredible group of people who all take pride in creating beautiful high-quality products and the fast-paced entrepreneurial environment. Julie graduated from UW Milwaukee with a BA in Marketing and enjoys playing sports, traveling globally, learning about new cultures and spending time with her family.
Vice President of Sales and General Manager, Specialty Division
Julie Pajic is a Seasoned sales executive with a flare for financials! She earned her Bachelors degree in accounting From Kings College and went to work at Coopers and Lybrand in NYC to earn her CPA. Her auditing and tax roles gave her insight into retail and manufacturing P&L’s as well as interaction with a broad spectrum of business professionals. She began her career with CSS in 1995 as a financial analyst in Berwick. She quickly fell in love with the product and was promoted to sales & product manager over the newly created All Occasion division. She worked with clients such as Target, Wal-Mart, Michaels and Party City to create mutually profitable programs. As CSS grew and diversified product portfolios, she was fortunate enough to hold leadership positions in sales, marketing and pricing, supporting company sales growth from $60M to $250M along the way. Rounding out her experience, includes participation in countless special projects such as the acquisition of Offray & CRG brands. She currently heads up the sales for these brands. She prides herself on being able to oscillate within different roles, drive team performance, develop customer relationships and create business solutions in an evolving economic environment. In her spare time, you can find her watching her kids’ sporting events, running, biking, participating in yoga, or enjoying the beach with family!
Vice President and General Manager, Upscale Business Channel
Mary Clampett has been with the company since 1996. Mary hails from the San Francisco Bay Area and has been in the south for over 26 years. Her main focus has been building The Gift Wrap Company into the design-driven and customer-oriented company it is today. She feels fortunate to have worked with the same core group of women for over 25 years. In addition to Sales, Mary is involved in all areas of the Upscale commercial business including product development, customer service, design and creative. Mary has a B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona and enjoys reading, playing tennis, practicing yoga and traveling extensively with her husband and two kids, especially to Italy where she can practice her Italian language skills. When she is at home in North Carolina, she is surrounded by a houseful of rescues and foster pets.
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