Liz PPB Service Superhero

    Meet Liz, Our PPB Service Superhero!

    It’s an exciting day at Crystal D because one of our own has won an industry award! Our solutions specialist Liz was named one of PPB’s 2018 Service Superheroes. This award was given to only 14 people across the promotional products industry this year.

    I had the chance to sit down with Liz. We talked about her big win, and I got to know her a little more. I’m sure the folks in the Northeast and in Washington, the two areas Liz takes care of, would love to learn more about their superhero! Continue reading…

    Daisy the Distributor

    Daisy the Distributor and the Three Awards Suppliers

    Once upon a time, there was a distributor named Daisy. Daisy was in search of an awards supplier to help her find the very best awards for her top clients. She searched around the promo products industry to find the right fit, but no one was quite right. To help clear her head, Daisy headed out on a walk. Maybe inspiration would strike on the way.

    Daisy headed out of her office in the big city, intending on just circling the block, when she suddenly found herself in a lush forest. Unexpectedly surrounded by beautiful greenery, Daisy kept walking as she enjoyed the change of scenery.

    After a short while, she stumbled upon a four-story brick building. There was no sign indicating what was inside, but Daisy decided to enter it anyway. A sign greeted her that said “Welcome to Your Awards Shop, Daisy!” Continue reading…

    Third Quarter WOW Champs

    Congratulate Our Third Quarter WOW Champs!

    It’s WOW Champ time again! On Thursday, we announced our third quarter WOW Champs, and we’re excited to share the winners with you!

    Every quarter, five people are chosen as WOW Champs. These people are nominated by their peers for best representing one of our five core values. Once the nominations are all gathered up, managers meet to discuss who best embodies each value. Then at our company meeting, Chuck says a few words about each person and how they exemplified that value.

    You may be wondering, “Why do you guys do this?”

    Only quarterly WOW Champs are eligible to become a Value Champ, so being a WOW Champ is one step closer to that goal. It allows us to recognize our employees throughout the year, and it helps them stay engaged with their work.

    We get so excited for the winners. It shows how much we appreciate them. I also love the fact that we nominate our peers. While an award from a manager or c-suite is always really awesome, it’s pretty cool to know that your coworkers think you deserve an award too. Continue reading…

    Crystal D from A to Z

    Crystal D From A to Z!

    It’s back to school time, and like any good teacher, I’m here to help you with your ABCs.

    I know what you’re thinking: “My ABCs? What does the alphabet have to do with awards and recognition?”

    I’m glad you asked! Technically, nothing. But I’m here, making it easy for you to remember some of our awards, gifts, and occasions where you can use them. If you like any of these ideas, contact our solutions specialists! They’re ready to help create the perfect award.

    Now get out your pencils and take some notes – here’s Crystal D from A to Z! Continue reading…

    Zito

    2017 Passion Value Champion: Mike “Zito” Vitali

    Hello readers! Are you ready to meet our 2017 Passion Value Champion? At Crystal D, it’s important for us to recognize the employees who live out our core values. At WOW Day back in January, we recognized a new set of Value Champions (VCs).

    Our Value Champions are people who have been nominated by their peers and selected by managers as a person who lives out one of our five core values: integrity, quality, respect, commitment, and passion. Our VCs receive a lot of fantastic perks throughout the year including:

    • A shiny crystal award
    • Their name and picture on the Wall of Champions
    • A reserved parking spot right in front of the building
    • An afternoon of fun in the sun on a VC boat outing with Chuck
    • Eight different meals from Let’s Dish!
    • $100 and an afternoon off in December to go holiday shopping
    • Re-recognized with a certificate that’s framed and presented to them at the end of the year
    • Meetings with managers over breakfast to discuss how Crystal D can improve
    • Planning company events and community outreach

    Now that’s a lot of great stuff! Continue reading…

    Purpose-First

    #ChuckSaid – Purpose First, Profits Later

    Today’s message is for small business owners. I have been in business for myself for over 25 years. I innately understand, empathize, and connect with you more than you could ever know.

    I’ve enjoyed many successes as a business owner, and I have faced just about every type of business problem that exists.

    • I know what it takes to make it in a down economy.
    • I know what it takes to grow in a shrinking product category.
    • I know what it takes to scale a business without overdoing it.
    • I know what it feels like to earn industry-wide recognition.
    • I know what it is to meet and exceed sales goals month over month.
    • I know what it is to grow bigger and stronger in unimaginable ways.

    Continue reading…

    25 Years

    Happy 25th Anniversary, Crystal D!

    It’s a big day today at Crystal D! Twenty-five years ago today, Chuck Dahlgren purchased Ice Nine Glass Design, a little six-employee company that etched glassware, paperweights, and Christmas ornaments. In 1994, Chuck decided to give the organization a facelift, and we changed our name from Ice Nine to Crystal D!

    We’ve grown tremendously since August 1, 1993. We no longer etch glassware and ornaments. Instead, we create beautiful crystal awards and gifts that are sold in the promotional products industry. We’ve grown from six employees to over 60 Memory Makers who help Turn Emotions Into Memories!™ We’re the Home of “The WOW Effect”®, and we take pride in that.

    From Memory Makers to the Crystal D dance, from HOTWE to OT, from WOW Day to the golf outing, there are countless examples of what makes Crystal D the company it is today. In the spirit of celebration, I’ll share examples of three things that make us Crystal D: our acronyms, our sounds, and our core values! Continue reading…

    Quality-Derek

    2017 Quality Value Champion: Derek Edwards

    Hello readers! Alexis here to introduce you to our 2017 Quality Value Champion! At Crystal D, it’s important for us to recognize the employees who live out our five core values. At WOW Day back in January, we recognized a new set of Value Champions (VCs).

    Our Value Champions are people who have been nominated by their peers and selected by managers as a person who lives out one of our five core values: integrity, quality, respect, commitment, and passion. Our VCs receive a lot of fantastic perks throughout the year including:

    • A shiny crystal award
    • Their name and picture on the Wall of Champions
    • A reserved parking spot right in front of the building
    • An afternoon of fun in the sun at a VC boat outing with Chuck
    • Eight different meals from Let’s Dish!
    • $100 and an afternoon off in December to go holiday shopping
    • Re-recognized with a certificate that’s framed and presented to them at the end of the year
    • Meetings with managers over breakfast to discuss how Crystal D can improve
    • Planning company events and community outreach

    Now that’s a lot of great stuff! Continue reading…

    Costa Rica

    Making a Memorable Award

    I love hearing the stories behind some of our coolest pieces. Our Memory Makers love sharing the Regatta Award with Costa Rica artwork, so I wanted to hear how that piece came to be. And of course, I wanted to share that story with you!

    One of our distributors came to us with this project. He told us the story of Ms. Walker and her technology company, Charter Business.

    Charter Business was on the brink of collapse when she decided to acquire a key vendor. Once the acquisition was final, Ms. Walker decided to set a very aggressive sales goal for her team. In the first 12 months after the acquisition, she wanted $2 million in new sales. Continue reading…