Lion Brand Notebook

About Jack

Jack on the fieldWhat do you do at Lion Brand?

I am the Senior Vice President at Lion Brand Yarn. I spend my time working with Marketing and Sales, presenting in front of guilds and attending consumer and retail trade shows. I’m also responsible for our Lion Brand Yarn Outlet store in New Jersey.

When did you start working for Lion Brand?

I began working for Lion Brand full time in March of 1983 but I spent my childhood working in the family business during summer vacations and time off from school.

What’s your favorite thing about working for Lion Brand?

Presenting to guilds and meeting with hundreds of Lion Brand fans is one of my favorite parts of working here. I love hearing their feedback, sharing stories and introducing them to all the things we have to offer!

What do you do when you are not working?

In my spare time I like to play tennis and attend my son’s high school sports activities. I also love collecting sports memorabilia and various antiques.

What is your work area like?

I like to make sure my work space is always fun and visually stimulating. I love antiques, so I have a 1954 working Coke machine and a bubble gum machine from the ’50s. I also like to display my collection of yarn-related memorabilia. I also have a copy of a LIFE Magazine from 1941 featuring a cover story on knitting for the soldiers during WWII, an American Red Cross poster of knitting for soldiers, pictures of my kids modeling for Lion Brand, 40 different types of lions, and an assortment of Lion Brand memorabilia. My favorite pieces are an original 1928 French poster of a girl knitting and a photo of Michael Jordan knitting with Lion Brand Jiffy yarn.

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  • […] Monday night, April 27, Jack and I attended the Westchester Knitting Guild meeting at the Chappaqua Library in Chappaqua, NY. We […]

  • […] us every morning at our Carlstadt office. One day, he found his way to us (brought to the office by Jack) and I named him […]

  • […] As a traveling salesperson for Lion Brand for over 30 years, I’ve crisscrossed the country meeting knitters and crocheters from all corners of the United States and hearing their stories. In addition to yarncrafters, throughout my travels I’ve sometimes been lucky enough to run into some celebrities. Being that I am a huge sports fan, it is always extra exciting when I run into an athlete. During my travels, I have met the likes of Muhammad Ali and Darryl Strawberry. […]

  • […] For over 30 years working at Lion Brand as a traveling salesperson, it has been one of my greatest joys to witness the growth of the many crafting communities all over the United States. I have always felt immeasurably proud to be a part of a company that enables people to find happiness in each stitch and a sense of accomplishment in every final product.Recently, I was given the opportunity to speak at the Happily Hooked on Crocheting Club, the Connecticut Chapter of the Crochet Guild of America. This group started in 2001 as a bunch of crafters who wanted to get together and share their love for crochet. Now they have expanded to an organization “dedicated to preserving, promoting, and teaching crochet” within the Tri-State Area; it was like looking into Lion Brand’s past.At the end of my talk, the president presented me with a personalized honorary membership, for all of the hard work, passion, and inspiration Lion Brand has helped give the crafters of today. […]

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