1 08, 2017

Katie Hunt: Gift + Stationery 40 Under 40 Honoree

By |August 1st, 2017|0 Comments|

Katie Hunt Gift + Stationery 40 Under 40 honoree

We have exciting news!

Our very own Katie Hunt, Founder of Tradeshow Bootcamp, has been selected as one the first-ever Gift + Stationery 40 Under 40 honorees.

Katie, along with the other 39 honorees, were selected based on leadership qualities, creativity, innovative thinking and commitment to the industry by representatives of Gift Shop, Stationery Trends, Museums & More, the Gift & Home Trade Association (GHTA) and GHTA’s Young Gift Executives Program (YGE).

Katie is honored to be chosen as one of the stationery industry’s top 40 professionals under the age of 40, and would like to extend Congratulations to all the TSBC alums, speakers and friends that also made the list!

Below is the full list of honorees that were chosen as well as a snippet of Katie’s amazing accomplishments. Congrats Katie!

  • Caitlin Abshier, Owner & Founder, Cait & Company
  • Joanna Alberti, Founder & Owner, philoSophies
  • Lisa Ball Ponder, Fourth Generation Owner, Henry B Ball West
  • Steven Broukhim, President, Brouk and Company
  • Chad Corzine, Owner, The Urban Agriculture Company
  • Paul Cosaro, Managing Partner, Picnic Time Family of Brands
  • Jessica Dean, Guest Experience Manager, Oklahoma City Zoo & Botanical Garden
  • Leslie Dickinson, Territory Sales Manager, Mud Pie Sales Division, OneCoast
  • Christa Dyer, Director of Operations, The DoSeum: San Antonio’s Museum for Kids
  • Courtney Fogarty, Account Manager, Incipio
  • Lauren Gryniewski, Owner & Creative Director, Old Tom Foolery / Modern Lore / Greater Goods
  • Molly Hatch, Designer & Potter, Molly Hatch Designs
  • Lindsay Henry, Founder & Creative Director, Inklings Paperie
  • Katie Hunt, Founder, Tradeshow Bootcamp
  • Kyle Johnson Smith, Design Manager, Coton Colors
  • Davidson Lewis, CEO, Eco Brands Group, Makers of Alchemy Goods
  • Inger McDowell-Hartye, Chief Curator, With Love from PDX
  • Lauren Miller Brekke, Vice President of Merchandising, Mud Pie
  • Carina Murray, Principal Sales Rep, Crow & Canary
  • Esther Ossei-Anto, Marketing Manager, Las Vegas Market
  • Elizabeth Olwen, Contributing Artist, Madison Park Group
  • Gina Peterson, Owner, Graphic Designer, Ginger P. Designs
  • Sarah Reed, Owner & Designer, Dodeline Design
  • Bridgette Reed, Owner, Olivia Sophia Stationery
  • Leanne Scanlon, Owner, Hardscrabble Gifts
  • Dylan Schauben, Vice President, J.Grob Associates
  • Serenity Shanklin, Store Operations Manager, Mill City Museum
  • Beth Snyder, Owner/Creative Director, 1canoe2
  • Kate Strzok, President, Broadway Paper
  • Virginia Thomas, President & CEO, Ann Page
  • Sarah Walsh & Erin Miller, Co-Owners, Haute Papier
  • Megan & Cedar Watson, Co-Owners & Operators, Paper Goat Post
  • Jessica Werner, Gift Shop Manager, Marketing & Event Coordinator, Long Island Science Center
  • Jacqueline White, Owner & General Manager, African American Art & More
  • Kristin Wilson, Designer, Grace and Serendipity
  • Kelly Wilson, Visitor Experience Assistant Manager, Mingei International Museum/The Collectors’ Gallery Museum Store
  • Christopher Wornom, Director of Business Development & Acquisitions, Evergreen Enterprises
  • Charlene Wright, Sales Manager, Emily McDowell Studio
  • Lawrence Yeh, CEO, Paper Pop Cards
  • Alaina Young, Founder & Chief Creative Officer, Q Squared

Katie founded Tradeshow Bootcamp in 2011 after growing her own stationery line through trial & error. She craved community and realized that other stationery designers were in need of resources to help them scale and grow their stationery and product based businesses.

Katie earned a dual MBA in marketing and finance from Loyola Marymount University and has spent the last 17 years coaching large corporations and solo entrepreneurs on marketing and business development strategies. Katie is a firm believer in professional development, surrounding yourself with strong mentors / community and pushing ‘go’ even when you might not feel ready.

Katie has taught classes for CreativeLive, presented at Unique CAMP, Savvy Experience, Be Sage Conference, Seanwes conference, Nearly Impossible and written articles for UpperCase Magazine and Etsy Wholesale. Through Tradeshow Bootcamp, Katie has hosted more than 200 live webinars, 12 conferences and spent hundreds of hours providing 1-1 coaching to independent artists and small businesses.

Katie also recently launched her podcast, Proof To Product, which debuted at #19 in iTunes in the Arts category and #2 in the Design category. Proof to Product takes listeners behind the scenes of growing a product-based business. Guests share their successes, struggles and how they’ve made difficult but important transitions in their business to continue growing.

Katie’s strengths lie in connecting people and bringing ideas to life – brainstorming, making a plan and executing. She’s a bit type-A, overly organized and has an affinity for calendars, checklists and a love for notebooks that only stationers will understand.

She often describes Tradeshow Bootcamp as the perfect merging of her two worlds; her happy place where she can share her business expertise and knowledge with an industry and clients that she loves.

Katie has a passion for creating, a mind for business and a strong desire to help others succeed. When she’s not cheering on TSBC alums or dreaming up new workshops, you can find her spending time with her husband and four young children in Los Angeles.

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30 10, 2015


By |October 30th, 2015|0 Comments|

Here at Tradeshow Bootcamp we’re so excited to announce that our fearless founder, Katie Hunt, was recognized by Stationery Trends Magazine with an Emerging Gift Industry Leader award.

Stationery Trends award


Stationery Trends says, “A young professional already making her mark on the industry, Katie is actively involved with the stationery and gift industries.  She is innovative and creative in her strategic planning and demonstrates outstanding leadership qualities.”  Stationery Trends and Gift Shop Magazine will be publishing a full interview with Katie in the upcoming Winter issues, so be sure to check it out.

Katie founded Tradeshow Bootcamp after fellow stationery industry peers asked about her experience exhibiting at trade shows aimed at the wholesale market.  She formed TSBC to help people share knowledge and grow their businesses.  In doing so, she brought together a community filled with veterans and new business owners alike, and her conferences, e-courses, and speaking engagements have helped give actionable advice to hundreds of businesses.

Congratulations, Katie!  We’re thrilled for you and we’re happy to see you being recognized for all that you do for this community.

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21 09, 2015


By |September 21st, 2015|0 Comments|

Constellation & Co

Though our first ever Business Camp wrapped up in July, it feels like it was just yesterday.  The conference was filled with amazing ideas and, of course, amazing business owners who are pushing their companies in new directions.  We are thrilled that Sara of Constellation & Co. shared her Business Camp recap on her company’s blog.  In the post, Sara shares her main takeaways, as they applied to her business, and also ways that she is implementing those strategies.  Some examples include changing how and when she checks emails and updating how she communicates with her team.  At TSBC we are all about finding actionable ways to move your business forward, so hearing about how Sara has implemented these ideas is the icing on the cake!  Be sure to visit her blog for all the details.

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5 08, 2015


By |August 5th, 2015|0 Comments|


We have long been fans of Stationery Trends, a best-in-class magazine focused on the stationery and gift industries, and after their last issue we may have fallen even more in love.  The Summer 2015 edition has TSBC all over it!

  • Our Paper Camp conference was profiled as “An Event to Remember” on pages 32-35!
  • TSBC alum, Underwood Letterpress was featured on the cover (Fun fact: TSBC alums have been on 3 of the last 5 covers!)
  • 23 of the 36 women highlighted in The Strong Women of Stationery article are TSBC alums!

There’s nothing we like better than seeing our community thrive, and this issue is especially meaningful to us as it highlights so many of our amazing TSBC alums. It’s not easy to be a business owner, but their hard work is paying off.  Congrats to everyone featured and thanks for highlighting Tradeshow Bootcamp as well!

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18 02, 2015


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Last week TSBC alum Danielle Bliss of Wishbone Letterpress snagged a coveted interview on one of our favorite blogs, Design Sponge.  Design Sponge went behind the scenes with Danielle and her husband, Joe, to chat about how their business got started, tradeoffs they have made in their career, and advice for someone just starting out.  Our favorite part?  When Danielle talked about some TSBC webinars she took, of course!  Danielle said, “I found it to be really helpful because I was able to ask questions at the end.”  So happy it helped, Danielle, and thanks for your sweet words!

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20 06, 2014


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Fresh Rag with Jeanette Champion-Fanning

Sweet Perversion's Jeanette Champion-FanningLast week TSBC Alum, Jeanette Champion- Fanning of Sweet Perversion sat down with our friend Dave Conrey at Fresh Rag to talk about how she has grown her business & where she’s going next. Around 40 minutes into the podcast she gives a shout out to TSBC’s Paper Camp — “it is the best thing she’s done for her business”.   Such a great (and hilarious) interview.  Thanks for the love, Jeanette and Dave!

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23 05, 2014


By |May 23rd, 2014|0 Comments|

TSBC in the press Oh So Beautiful Paper

Oh So Beautiful Paper Logo

Thanks so much to Nole of Oh So Beautiful Paper for the wonderful post mentioning all of our great Alumni exhibiting at the 2014 National Stationery Show. Nole has been a long time supporter of (and speaker at) TSBC. If you’re not already familiar with her blog check it out — it’s an amazing source of inspiration on everything paper.

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12 05, 2014


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Press Etsy WholesaleEtsy Wholesale Blog logoIt’s the final countdown to NSS! Check out our guest post on Etsy Wholesale Blog for some tips and tricks to make the last few days before the show count.

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9 04, 2014


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TSBC in the Press Felt and WireFelt & Wire LogoMany thanks to Felt & Wire for their awesome recap of Paper Camp.

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9 04, 2014


By |April 9th, 2014|0 Comments|

Press Academy of Handmade

academy of handmade logo

Thanks so much to Academy of Handmade for the lovely article about TSBC!

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