OUR TEAM

Our mission is to provide our customers with creative and innovative ideas while delivering an outstanding customer experience.

Promotion Select is located in Chanhassen, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis. Our clients include corporations, professional sports teams, law firms, banks and small-to-medium-size businesses. We are members of Promotional Product Association International (PPAI), Meeting Professionals International (MPI), Legal Marketing Association (LMA), the Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce, Southwest Metro Chamber of Commerce and many other civic associations. 

We are dedicated to providing our customers creative, new ideas, outstanding customer service and expedient follow-up. Whether your company is looking for high quality, well-appointed wearables or personalized gifts, we can assist you in promoting your goods and services through thousands of unique and creative gift ideas.

Meet the Team!

Meet The Team

Tim Samuelson - President

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you do, you will be successful” Albert Schweitzer

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right!" Henry Ford

I enjoy spending time with my wife Julie and our 3 daughters/sons-in-law and grand dogs! I’m blessed to have a close-knit family.

I enjoy playing golf, watching, and attending sporting events—especially hockey games!

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Heidi Sturmfels - Business Development + Senior Account Executive

My process for turning a bad day into a good one:  I take the day one step at a time and just try to remember to be positive and treat your suppliers/customers like you would like to be treated.

Hobbies and interests/hidden talents:  I sing professionally with Exultate Choir in the Twin Cities

What’s a fun fact about you that many people may not know? I have lived in 6 different states in the US and 1 country outside of the US.

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Annie Ellefson - Business Development + Senior Account Executive

My favorite quote:  “How you do anything is how you do everything!” Jess Sims, Peloton- I think it’s so important to give your all in everything that you do! Whether it’s at work or at home!

My family/pets:  I have a wonderful husband named Kjell, we have an 11 year Cockapoo named Bentley (our Promotion Select office dog that comes to work every day!) and we’re expecting our first baby in September! (a boy to join our crew!)

Favorite TV Show? I’m a “Bravoholic”. I love anything on Bravo, especially all of the Housewives, Summer House, and Vanderpump Rules!

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Jamie Efnor - Business Development + Senior Account Executive

“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou. This quote is so incredibly accurate, especially being in a role that works with people all day long!

I LOVE to read. I became quite the bookworm in the past few years and love nothing more than cuddling up on the couch or back patio with a good book and cup of coffee or glass of wine depending on the time of day. ??

One food I cannot resist is mac-n-cheese. (If you ever go to Yum! Bakery or Revival, make sure you get a side of mac-n-cheese, theirs both are the best.)

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Suzanne Huwald - Business Development + Senior Account Executive

What motivates me to do what I do here, and how I contribute to the customer experience:  The people for sure! I love meeting with clients and helping them find the perfect item(s) to build their brand.

My family/pets:  Family time is key for me - spending time with my husband Lance, our 3 sons (and significant others), and our dog Zoey puts me in my happy place for sure!

What is one food that you cannot resist? I grew up in Winona, MN, and there are two things I can’t resist: Rocco’s pizza and Bloedow’s donuts. If you ever make it to Winona, I highly recommend checking them both out!  

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Lesli Drewianka - Accounting Department

My first job was at K-mart, in the clothing department.

Family:

  • Husband, Patrick
  • Son, Ryan, and Daughter-in-law Megan
  • Daughter,  Ashley
  • Cats, Jasper and Mitzie

When I was 5, I was pretty sure I'd be a Veterinarian when I grew up.

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Staci Andresen - Accountant

Three words that best describe me would be sarcastic, funny, and honest.

I have two daughters (Kenzlie is 25 and Kaitlyn is 22).

I love 80's rock music and country music. The mountains are my favorite place to escape and explore.

Craziest thing you've ever done? Traversed over a 250 gorge in Banff, Canada.

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Kjell Ellefson - Director of Marketing and E-Commerce

"Quality means doing it right when no one is looking" - Henry Ford

Hobbies/Interests: Skiing, Biking, or pretty much anything outdoors

Fun Fact: I am trilingual and have lived abroad for many years. My favorite thing to do is travel and experience new countries and cultures

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Holly Gilbertson - Art Director + Graphic Designer

My first job:  In 6th grade I detasseled corn.

Fun Fact: I was born on Halloween.

Craziest thing I've ever done? Jumped out of an airplane.

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Nic Bentz - Senior Account Manager

My first job:  I was a Bag Boy at Bearpath Golf and Country Club. I met lifelong friends there and was a great experience growing up.

Hobbies and interests/hidden talents:  I love to golf. Whenever the weather allows it you can find me somewhere on a golf course.

Favorite TV Show? My favorite show ever was Game of Thrones before they messed up the ending. Right now Succession and Yellowstone are at the top of my list.

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Markus Sturmfels - Senior Account Manager

The first job I ever held was being an Inshop- Sandwich Maker for Jimmy John’s.

I love to play Golf, but I LOVE everything there is about football.

My idea of a perfect day would be September 11th at Metlife Stadium watching a New York Jets victory with my family.  And the sun being out of course!  

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Amanda Bloomer - Lead Account Manager

My favorite quote:  “If you want something you have never had, you must be willing to do something you have never done” – Thomas Jefferson

My family/pets:

  • Husband, Ben
  • Daughter, Ashlynn
  • Dog, Bella (Cavachon)

What’s a fun fact about you that many people may not know? I played in 4 College Volleyball National Championships

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Mikayla Bakken - Account Manager

The best way to turn a bad day into a good day is listen to some good music and do something nice for myself and someone else!

My little family consists of my husband Brandon (we just celebrated one year in June!), our 6 year old Australian Shepherd rescue, Hudson, and our kitty, Honey!

A fun fact that people may not know about me is that I won the North Hudson Pepper Fest Spaghetti Eating Competition 2 years in a row!

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Kim Kimball - Account Manager

Inspirational quote: “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”

I’m married to Jon, we live in Waconia and have 20-year-old identical twins daughters, Megan & Molly, who will be going into their junior year at the University of St. Thomas this fall. Life is good!

A fun fact is that I am a USFSA Nationals gold medalist in figure skating from a few decades ago and still have my medal!

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Wendy Stockmann - Account Manager

First Job – Worked at a Fabric/Craft Store. Having an interest in Sewing & then later Graduating from College with an Apparel Design degree, it was a perfect job for me!

Hobbies/Interests - In my free time, I love to Shop, Cook/Bake, Craft, Play/Watch Volleyball, Spend time with my family & Travel.

Fun Fact – Many years ago, while in High School, I won our local beauty Pageant & was crowned Miss Wisconsin Rapids. I then went on to compete in the Miss Wisconsin Pageant in 1989. My Talent was Singing. I also ended up singing in many friends weddings, including my own, & surprised my husband during our ceremony.

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Lisa O'Reilley - Account Manager

My first job was babysitting. My family includes my husband Paul, our grown daughter and son, and our hilarious corgi. Both of our children were born on holidays - St. Patrick's Day and Valentine's Day.  

I love to travel to the tropics! I cannot resist pizza. My favorite TV show is Modern Family. My perfect day is a Saturday morning with my Hubby, our corgi Finn, and a Caribou Campfire Mocha.

 

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Tanner Stolt - Account Manager

The first job I ever held was landscaping with my father’s company when I was 15. I had no idea what I was getting myself into, but ended up really enjoying the work.  

My hobbies and interests include golfing and spending time at the lake during the summer. During the winter time I enjoy playing pond hockey and getting out snowboarding as much as possible.

I have become a morning person over the past few years. That first cup of coffee early in the morning Is so enjoyable with the peace and quiet. 

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Sean Winter - Account Manager

Favorite Inspirational Quote: “If you do the things you need to do when you need to do them, then someday you can do the things you want do when you want to do them.”

Hobbies and interests: Football, Disc golf, and soccer

Favorite TV Show: Breaking Bad or Better Call Saul

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Lindsey Fisher - Account Manager

Favorite Inspirational Quote: “Turn your cant's into cans, and dreams into plans.”

My hidden talent is that I can fall asleep on any plane ride in very awkward positions; sleeping is the best way to travel.

I have lived on the West and East Coast as well as in the North and South.

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Jennifer Cecil - Office Administrator

My favorite quote: “Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” Pele

Three words that best describe me: Warmhearted, determined and adventures

Craziest thing I've ever done? Zip lining in the Mayan jungle

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Kent Efnor - Shipping Coordinator

What's your process for turning a bad day into a good one? No matter how bad my day is going I know that there is truly someone who is having a much worst day.

Sports you play?  Golf and E-racing

When I was 5, I was pretty sure I'd be a Pro Baseball player or a drummer for a rock band when I grew up.

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Jaxson and Bentley - The Office Dogs!

 


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