What is it like to take over the reins of Dixon Ticonderoga Company, one of the oldest and most historic companies in America? Knowing that your company began 218 years ago and now it is your turn to write the next chapter? It is a tremendous responsibility, yes, but one I welcome because of the difference we make in teachers’ and children’s lives.
After three years as Dixon’s CEO, I have realized something very important. My company is your company. We are the instrument that helped to write American history—its business success, its literary genius. We are the instrument that helped to write American culture—the words and practices that give us comfort and purpose. As a company, we can trace our roots back to the revolutionary war. The founder of our Prang brand, Louis Prang, helped shape American Art Education. We are most likely the first pencil you first wrote with and, if you look in your child’s backpack today, there is a good chance one of our Art or Writing products will be there.
I believe I have a responsibility to you. Dixon Ticonderoga Company must continue to provide the highest quality products to all those who are getting ready to write or paint tomorrow’s history. Our role is to provide the tools that inspire you and the next generation to help you create the next idea to change the world.
This is my journey, passion, and mission. I invite you to join me on the adventure and come back often as I share my passion for giving and offer insight into the world of creativity. In the meantime, keep your pencil sharp.