Our People

We are a team with big ideas.

Dianne Gore
Meggie Hodge
Maggie Mason
Kara Richards
Allison Dunbar
Kathy Snider
Stephanie Friedman
Hunter Johnson
Shirah Robinson
Kristin Crofts
Miranda Hart
Max Belski
Stephan Davis
Keiah Flowers
Emily DelMarco
Brad Friedman
David Crucefix
Lexi Artrip
Tom Givan
Thana Webb
Kesha Hawes
Randall Johnson
Haley Lasseter
Haley Grover
Syndi Reed
Drew Warren
Amy Clark
Paul Friedman Jr
Derrick Moore
Mark Friedman
Janet Steele
Solomon Moss
Nadav Moshe  Raviv
Holley Cotton

Kristin Crofts The Newbie

I love being the Newbie. And by that, I don't necessarily mean I'm the newest person here. I just love introducing City Paper to new businesses because we can bring so many creative ideas to them. Right off the bat, my favorite part of the job are the people and atmosphere. Next best part is brainstorming with clients. So much fun!

Favorite Quote

My favorite quote has to come from Ingrid Bergman: "Be yourself. The world worships the original."

Stephan Davis Super Packer!

To be honest, EVERYTHING is my favorite part of the job! That's because the people and the loyalty here make it easy to come into work everyday.

And of course, my favorite team is ALABAMA!

Hunter Johnson That Guy From Twitter Who Sells Bags and Promo

I live in Fort Worth, Texas. I love the City Paper team, but what I like most about being here is the ability to be somewhat of an entrepreneur. I can set my own goals and use the excellent support system City Paper has to attain them. My key responsibilities are generating new business in both retail and promotional space. My favorite part of the job is meeting new people and finding ways to help them grow their company and brand.

Freetime

When I have free time, I enjoy going to Alabama athletic events (Roll Tide!), concerts and just chilling on the patio.

Kara Richards The Promo Specialist

Previously before joining the City Paper team, I ran a promotional product company. What I like most about working at City paper is the amazing staff. After only being here for a short time, I could tell how much everyone really cared about each other. Everyone is happy to put all hands on deck to be sure customers are taken care of. I’m excited to be a part of the next chapter in City Paper’s growing success.

Favorite Quote

Roll Tide

Tom Givan

I'm like the Waffle House. I'm always open for business.

What was the most unusual solution you ever provided to a customer?

I once had to figure out how to send more than 20 rolls of gift wrap to Honduras.

Nadav Moshe Raviv Promotional Products Mayor of Birmingham

I enjoy the versatility of ideation that we can bring to our prospective clients. Every day brings a new challenge and resolve. I also really like the family aspect of this business. My Great Grandfather, Papa Sam, worked here and I have followed in his footsteps. When I meet with a customer I explain to them that believe there is always a solution to a problem and that there is always another option. There isn't a person I meet that I cannot help.

Favorite quote

When I woke up this morning I asked myself: what are the secrets of success in life? I found the answer right there in my room. The fan said: be cool, the roof said: aim high, the window said: see the world, the clock said: every minute is precious, the mirror said: reflect before you act, the door said: push hard for your goals, and don't forget, the carpet said: kneel down and pray...

Stephanie Friedman Vice President of Marketing

aka Director of Fun

Everything I aim to do at City Paper is centered around showering our City Paper culture with creativity. I'm having an amazing time developing a fresh, new go-to market plan for a company with over 117 years of existence. It's really fascinating!

Favorite quote

The harder I work, the luckier I get.

Lexi Artrip Problem Solver

I love being able to work one on one with clients and help their brands come to life through packaging and promotional items. My job is to make my clients' lives easier.

Favorite quote

Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise, but as wise – making the most of every opportunity.

Thana Webb Billings

aka Master Button Pusher

I may not know the answer at first, but I can push enough buttons to figure it out! My favorite part about working at City Paper Company is working with a team who is all on the same page to reach our goals.

Favorite quote

"Be a beautiful soul"

Mark Friedman COO

aka Official Bag Man

For 44 years, I've enjoyed the challenges that come up every day and taking care of more than 500 active customers. I am very fortunate to have my son, daughter and daughter-in-law join the company as the 4th generation of Friedman's to be a part of the City Paper Company.

Maggie Mason The Product Guru

After starting my career here, it didn't take me long to see what everybody is talking about. The culture here rocks! It's evident from being around the team that this isn't just a job - I feel like I'm part of a team who care about each other. I'm responsible for providing strategic marketing plans and products to help support the marketing department and sales team. I believe that customer service is one of the most important aspects of the promotional industry. Without top notch customer service, you run the risk of losing a client. I always try to provide a solution that if I was the customer I would be happy to receive.

Favorite Quote

My philosophy is let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier.

David Crucefix Marketing Purveyor Extraordinaire

I truly enjoy the energy from everyone at all levels of this company. Everyone is truly excited and engaged to help our customers with creative solutions.

Favorite quote

The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.

Paul Friedman Jr CEO and President

aka Official Bag Man

For 46 years, this has been my one and only job. I handle mainly large accounts and oversee most everything that goes on at City Paper. But the best part of the job is working alongside very dedicated people who want to do the best job they possibly can.

Favorite Quote

This quote from Vince Lombardi says it all: "A winning organization must avoid mistakes with a passion; treat mistakes with a vengeance."

Brad Friedman VP, National Sales Director

By far one of my favorite parts of the job is seeing the joy on a client's face after helping them identify a solution that fits their brand. They are so excited when they see the final product. I believe hard work will generate results and the highest compliment I can receive is a referral.

There's nothing I enjoy more than spending my free time with my little girl.

Roll Tide!

Haley Lasseter The Other Haley

I'm pretty new to City Paper Company and I can honestly say that my favorite part about the job is that it is never boring. EVER! My day to day responsibilities are sourcing products, pricing and creating presentations for initial quotes.

Favorite quote

"Live every week like it's Shark Week" - 30 Rock

Amy Clark Artist Extraordinaire!

I love being in an environment where my passion for design and creativity is also my day-to-day responsibility. If I could live anywhere in the world, it would be in my grandparents former home in Flatwoods, Kentucky. I have so many wonderful memories there.

Favorite quote

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Haley Grover Account Manager

Technically, I've only been employed here since 2014, but truthfully, I've been working here my whole life. My favorite part about working here is definitely the people – as some of them are my family.

And if I could live anywhere in the world, it would be Fiji. On a hut over water.

Derrick Moore The Bull

Let's get real for a minute. I go full charge when it comes to orders. I'm the guy that's always making sure orders are pulled correctly, the warehouse is tidy, and treats customers with respect and dignity so they receive a pleasant experience every time. It's my favorite part of the job.

Favorite Team

I'm not much of a sports nut, but I do have a favorite team: City Paper! I love the people and atmosphere. It's like being part of the family!

Meggie Hodge Professional Go-Getter

It doesn't take long to figure out City Paper is all about collaboration and camaraderie. The teamwork here is unlike anything I've ever seen. I love networking with clients and providing creative, eye-catching packaging & promotional ideas for their companies.

Freetime

In my free time, I enjoy surfing, riding horses and spending as much time outside as possible. Most importantly, I live by the philosophy 'You never know until you try!'

Holley Cotton Billings Multi-tasker (If someone needs help, I'm there for them)

I'll keep this simple: I love the people I work with. I know that if I have a problem I can go to anyone here and if they do not know the answer, they will do their best to help me figure it out. Day-to-day, I'm responsible for stock billings, but if somebody needs help, I'm there to answer the call. One of my favorite parts of the job is seeing some of the results from a collective effort of everybody's hard work and dedication to this awesome company.

Favorite Quote

"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." - Mahatma Gandhi

Shirah Robinson Professional Enthusiast

Simply put, I love the City Paper atmosphere. Everybody is so warm, friendly and inviting, it just makes City Paper such a welcome place to be. Which makes my daily responsibilities all that more enjoyable. I love creating and establishing relationships with clients by offering a positive experience with professionalism and enthusiasm.

Favorite Quote

Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.

Kesha Hawes Singing Number Cruncher

The moment I interviewed with City Paper, I knew this was the right place for me. I have never felt so welcomed into a family business. Which makes my responsibilities all that more enjoyable. I am a number crunching guru and I love using my skills to problem solve. I assist customers with questions on their invoices, such as payment processing or discrepancies that may arise.

I strongly believe in working hard to add value and not take any away. In my free time I enjoy singing, kayaking, traveling and so much more.

Max Belski Chief Finance Officer

aka The Financial Guy

If I could live anywhere in the world, it would be in

Switzerland or Austria

Favorite Quote

"Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value." - Albert Einstein

Syndi Reed Master Multi-Tasker

The best part about working at City Paper is that it is constantly challenging and never the same old routine day in and day out. I really enjoy the team of creative people I get to work with everyday and admire the morale that comes from the top down. Everybody is so happy to be here! It’s wonderful to work alongside people who love their job.

Kathy Snider Happiness Coordinator

I truly enjoy working with our vendors and building relationships with them. I love the family atmosphere at City Paper and the way everyone is always so positive.

Favorite Quote

The entire water of the ocean could never sink a ship unless it gets inside. Likewise, all the negativity of the world can never bring you down unless you let it in.

Keiah Flowers The Florist

One of the things that attracted me to City Paper was the contagious positivity around here. The people I get to work with is so nice and helpful. I'm responsible for helping out with photography and creating designs for our clients. It's so much fun! City Paper is my first job out of college and what a place to begin my career!

Favorite Quote

My favorite quote comes from the one and only Bob Marley: Love the life you live, live the life you love.

Emily DelMarco Brand Enhancer

Using my creative background, I help strategize and plan ideas to increase brand awareness for businesses. Brand management and promotion is my forte, and in a world where competition is at an all-time high, it is my top priority!

The one thing I love about my job is the diversity of clients I work with on a daily basis. It allows me to see all types of situations and offer unique solutions to a variety of opportunities.

Dianne Gore Keyboard Hammerer

As a custom purchasing agent, I am in charge of entering charges and working on the Cracker Barrel account. I've been here for eight years because I really enjoy what I do and the people I work with.

Roll Tide!

Favorite quote

You always have to work hard and give 100% and always be a team player

Solomon Moss The Man

As the voice of my warehouse workers, I must be an effective leader and oversee that all requirements are met in a safe and timely manner. I'm a hard worker and give 100% when doing a job.

Favorite teams

University of Alabama, San Francisco 49ers and the Chicago Bulls

Miranda Hart Creative Problem Solver

I could tell right away I was at a special place on my first day of work. Everyone is extremely nice and open to suggestions. As a graphic designer, I'm a problem solver. I enjoy providing creative solutions for any job that is put in front of me.

Freetime

In my rare and elusive free time, I enjoy concerts, reading, painting, drawing, seeing friends & family, etc. Simply put, I like to stay busy.

Randall Johnson People Pleaser

As a sales representative taking care of clients in the Southeast, one of my favorite parts of my job is building relationships and prospecting new clients. My father taught me that most everything worth anything requires hard work. I really believe that because hard work pays off. In my free time I enjoy skeet shooting, pond fishing and walking my beagle.

If I could live anywhere in the world, it would be in

Wyoming or Montana. But for now, Angier, North Carolina is fine.

Allison Dunbar Penny Patrol

When you hear me talking about numbers, one may think I went to Spreadsheet Camp as a child. I didn’t, but I would have if there was one. As the newest member of our Finance Team, I enjoy putting on my Penny Patrol badge and getting to work on collecting & entering payments and keeping accounts current. I’m a huge Alabama fan and even bigger Chicago Cubs fan!

Favorite Quote

One of my favorite quotes comes from Charles R. Swindoll: Life is 10% what happens and 90% how you react to it.

Janet Steele Director of Production

I have been with City Paper for 22 years. My job is to keep the art department running smoothly and I love that my job keeps me on my toes. In my free time, I work at a beautiful wedding house.

Roll Tide!

Drew Warren Sales

I love working for a true "family company" and all of the great support staff inside the office that makes my job fun and enjoyable. In my free time, I enjoy the outdoors – camping, hiking, fishing, canoeing.

So naturally, if I could live anywhere in the world, it would be Big Sky, Montana.