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CINCINNATI, OH – June 11, 2018 – DeanHouston, Inc., a leading full-service, business-to-business, integrated marketing communications firm, will celebrate its 30th anniversary as an agency this year.
Since launching in the summer of 1988, DeanHouston has undergone a significant transformation mirroring that of the rapidly evolving business landscapes in which it operates. With co-founders Dale Dean, Greg Houston and Pam Houston at the helm – and also as the only staff members – their small technical products-focused boutique agency quickly developed into a fully integrated organization that today employs more than 70 talented marketing professionals operating from the company’s offices located in Cincinnati, Los Angeles, Chicago and Shanghai.
The company boasts a full range of integrated marketing services, beginning with strategic marketing followed by traditional and digital marketing strategies, brand development, graphic design, web design and development, media and publicity, video production, and 3D animation. DeanHouston is also at the forefront of virtual and augmented reality, which is rapidly being embraced in the technical products service industries.
TORONTO, Ont. - We have turned the corner on harsh winter weather, and spring is here.
Spring is a time of renewal and refreshment as nature comes back to life, giving friends and family the opportunity to spend more time outdoors. As we trade icicles for flowers and snow angels for pool loungers, the warmer weather brings sights and smells that brighten up our day. Smells of lavender, vanilla, citrus and eucalyptus are just a few of the familiar and inviting scents gifted to us by spring.
Even though scents of nature fill the springtime air, some people may have too much on their to-do lists to truly relax and enjoy the outdoors. Armor All is now bringing the natural scents of spring directly into your car. The new Essential Blends air fresheners are infused with essential oil blends of lemon bergamot, eucalyptus mint, pink grapefruit, citrus pomegranate and vanilla lavender, giving you the scents of spring wherever you go.
"The inspiration behind Essential Blends came from looking at the average person's daily to-do list and thinking of how we could make those little in-between moments relaxing," says Megan Currie, Spectrum Brands director of marketing for Armor All. "A lot of people are in their cars for a good portion of their day, whether they are commuting to work or doing errands. We wanted to transform that daily routine into a comforting experience."
Essential oils are known for their refreshing and restorative properties. Helping to relieve headaches, relax the mind or even energize the body, the benefits from essential oils are endless.
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Hailing from Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Doug, the oldest of six sons raised on and across the prairies, is best known for his take no prisoners mannerisms.
Following in his father’s footsteps, Doug joined the RCMP in the Ottawa office beginning January 1972 as a civilian member fingerprint technician, after which followed RCMP training in Regina a year later, followed by a transfer to British Columbia once training was completed. In 1997, after 13 years working as a hostage negotiator in the major crimes division of the RCMP, Doug retired as staff sergeant.
Following his retirement from the RCMP, Doug joined the Overwaitea Food Group (Jim Pattison group) with the loss prevention department. This was his first experience working in a retail environment. In 2003, he left Overwaitea to join Mac’s Convenience Stores in Calgary and helped develop the Mac’s Western Canadian security and loss prevention department.
“Frankly, I can’t believe he’s actually going to retire,” said Bonnie Birollo, vice president of operations, Mac’s Convenience Stores, Western Canada.
During the past 13 years in his role as manager of security, government and customer relations, Doug has certainly been an integral member of the team, notes Bonnie. He has supported three separate vice presidents, countless colleagues, dealers, staff, and customers throughout some often very tough and unique situations.
Despite the sometimes challenging confrontations or heated complaints, Doug always displayed a tremendous ability to diffuse scenarios of conflict all the while maintaining his composure and professionalism, said Bonnie.
“His efforts within the industry and his contributions within our Mac’s store network h helped our group develop a proactive culture of safety and loss prevention,” said Bonnie. “Frankly, even more impressive is the fact he has also maintained his wicked sense of humour. He is honestly a rock in the foundation of our Mac’s/Circle K Western Canada team and he will most certainly be missed. Doug is all that… and a bag of chips!”
Doug is a say what you think, no holds barred kinda guy. “Doug is very logical, practical and thoughtful in his approach to both business and life,” said Woody Stelnicki, managing director, petroleum, Calgary Co-operatives Association Limited. As a member of the WCSA board, Woody noted that Doug is quick with a laugh.
Convenience & Carwash Canada spoke with Doug about his lengthy career and his plans for the future and impending retirement. When asked what he was most proud of during his time working at Mac’s, he stated: “I am proud that I have been instrumental in assisting our employees, our customers and especially our dealers with issues affecting them on a daily basis within the retail environments.”
Doug said that one memorable accomplishment was ensuring that a third option was instituted into the late night lone worker regulations with WorksafeBC, alongside Kim Trowbridge, a former WCSA chairman and former Mac’s Western Canada vice president of operations.
Here’s what Kim had to say: “Doug is a critical part of the team that turned Mac’s in Western Canada around; from being a c-store bottom feeder to a c-store leader and trendsetter. It is not an overstatement to say that without Doug, the western division of Mac’s would not have reached the heights it has reached. It is also not an overstatement to say that most will only truly understand what Doug did for the western division after his retirement date and the true size of the shoes to fill becomes apparent.”
Doug is singlehandedly responsible for introducing programs and procedures under the operations security umbrella that saved the western division millions of dollars during his tenure, said Kim.
“Aside from his professional and tireless work covering half the country’s geography as a security coach, auditor and investigator all on his own, he also became a de facto councilor and therapist for individuals in difficult or stressful situations,” said Kim. “He will be missed in the industry for his professionalism in the area of safety and security but also his considerable voice for the whole industry as the chair of the WCSA. With a schedule of travel and on-call work that would crush most people, Doug still found the energy to volunteer his time to the betterment of the industry as a whole. Hats off my friend, you have earned your retirement.”
Doug stated that he first became involved with WCSA as a board member in 2005 and then the CCSA board representing WCSA.
For the past 12 years, Doug has been involved with the WCSA and spent the last five years as chairman of the board. Working with a committed board, he helped set the stage for a progressive and interactive association whose mandate was and is that of supporting convenience, retail petroleum and carwash operators across Western Canada by offering lobbying efforts for everything from tobacco legislation and sugar free beverages to healthy stores and temporary foreign worker bills.
“The retail industry is fast paced and changes daily,” said Doug. “Regarding the future of the c-store industry, and considering the many challenging issues it is faced with, I am very optimistic.”
There is a lot of competition from both inside and out of the c-store industry for companies vying for the same dollar and with the ever-changing rules and regulations set forth by the government, both provincial and federal, the cause for frustration amongst retail chains is ever changing, he remarked.
“However, with the commitment and dedication of retailers, vendors and manufacturers, I’m confident that ours is an industry that will persevere and thrive,” said Doug. “I hope that my legacy is that I helped, at least in a small way, to make things easier on the people that actually do the heavy lifting in the industry. To be honest, I always saw my role as a fixer and I never forgot that the most important assets that I was protecting was our own people; those on the front line, the store managers and staff.”
The code that Doug lives by and his famous quote of “you can’t fix stupid” was the start and finish to each investigation, notes Sean Sportun, ICPS, manager, security and loss prevention, Circle K Convenience Stores Central Canada.
“I am outspoken because I am passionate about what I believe in and as most people know, I have never been the politically correct type of person,” stated Doug. “The expression ‘Doug, tell me what you really think’ seems to sum it up.”
We wish you well Doug and Poona. You will be missed by the entire Western convenience store industry. Thank you for all you’ve done.
With more than 14 years working for Mac’s Convenience Stores Inc. Western Division as the manager of security and loss prevention, Western Canada, Doug Hartl is set to retire at the end of 2017.