Meet the new stars shaking up the promo market with their ambition, empathy and passion to be the very best.
The Promo Addict (asi/302225)
“I grew up in a garage,” says Grant Mayan, whose title is “promotional products expert” for The Promo Addict in Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada. From elevated lift kits to performance upgrades, Mayan spent his free time souping up trucks and restoring forgotten classics. “That was my life.”
So, after graduating from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology business program, Mayan found himself working in the automotive industry, customizing pickups for 10 years. While working in the aftermarket industry, he met Russell Bird, The Promo Addict’s owner. Bird introduced him to the promotional products world, and he was immediately hooked. “After a decade working on cars, it was time to make a leap of faith,” Mayan says.
Just shy of two years in the industry, Mayan is making a name for himself, taking that same eye for customization and applying it to his clients’ promotions. “I love how creative it is, and how cooperative everyone in the industry is,” he says.
Not that he’s left the truck life behind. “When I left the auto industry, I was fortunate that the relationships I built over the years followed me,” Mayan says, and he now counts many of his old automotive contacts as new customers. “I get to work here while staying connected to the car culture. It’s the best of both worlds.”
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