The Gator Garb Team

Behind every successful organization is a quality team. The staff at Gator Garb Promotions strives to deliver the absolute best in customer service when promoting your brand. We're professional and down-to-earth but know how to have a little fun along the way. We look forward to working with your business on finding the right promotional, marketing, or advertising products to fit your needs!

Cole Stark

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Cole Stark

Owner / President

AKA: Starkman, Starkman5000, Starky
HOMETOWN: Eau Claire, Wisconsin
HOBBIES: Golfing, traveling (especially with his wife, Kirsten and son, Palmer), spending time with family and friends, downhill skiing, and hanging out at the cabin
FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM: Packers and all Badger teams
SOMETHING NOBODY KNOWS ABOUT HIM: He enjoys playing music (guitar, piano, and drums) in his free time.

Most people who meet Cole learn quickly of his obsession with golf. "Golf is my favorite thing to watch on TV. The Masters is the best event in all of sports and I even installed a TV in my office for Masters Week!"

Cole joined the family business in 2008 after graduating from UW-Eau Claire. Since then, he has taken over ownership of the company. His favorite part of his job is working with clients and the rest of the Gator Squad, which has become a second family to him. "It’s really wonderful to have a job where we can be creative as a team and have fun, all while helping our clients grow their businesses!"


EMAIL: cole@gatorgarb.net

Cole Stark

Fred Stark

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Fred Stark

Founder / Developer of New Business

AKA: Freddie, Frederico, Auggie
HOMETOWN: Bangor, Wisconsin
HOBBIES: Golfing, boating, traveling, and spending time at his cottage with family
FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM: Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin Badgers, Milwaukee Brewers
SOMETHING NOBODY KNOWS ABOUT HIM: He used to be a physical education teacher.

Fred created and built Gator Garb over 20 years ago, and has had the honor to grow and evolve the company to what it is today. He transitioned from owner/manager/salesman to being a salesman and developer of new business. "Selling is what I LOVE to do!" He is grateful to continue to connect with all of you and be a part of the incredible team at Gator Garb!

Gator Garb is a goal-driven company with an exciting future! A group of energetic salespeople, along with an outstanding internal support staff, puts the company in a position to support it's customer base.

"I would like to thank all of the great customers we have served over my years of doing business at Gator Garb Promotions. Your support has helped us grow into one of the premier promotional companies in the Midwest. Thank you!"


EMAIL: fred@gatorgarb.net

Fred Stark

Sheri Walters

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Sheri Walters

Sales / Administrative Assistant

AKA: Sher-Bear
HOMETOWN: Minnesota
HOBBIES: Motorcycle riding and cleaning the house
FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM: Packers!!
SOMETHING NOBODY KNOWS ABOUT HER: She's been in this business for 25+ years.

Sheri is the secret fuel of Gator Garb and is the go-to guru for the team, always bringing a smile to anyone's face. Before working here, Sheri started out as being an inspector at the end of a dryer for screen printing. Throughout the years she has done pretty much every position in the screen printing and embroidery field. With background and experience like that, Sheri is a great resource for the team!


EMAIL: sheri@gatorgarb.net

Sheri Walters

John O'Brien

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John O'Brien

National Key Accounts Sales Manager

AKA: Johnny, OB
HOMETOWN: Eau Claire, Wisconsin
HOBBIES: Watching his son and daughter compete in sports, golfing, hiking, waterskiing, camping, and traveling
FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM: Green Bay Packers
SOMETHING NOBODY KNOWS ABOUT HIM: He is a former world record holder in barefoot waterskiing.

John has been part of the Gator Garb team since 2007. He is typically found outside of the office meeting with prospective new clients.


EMAIL: johnob@gatorgarb.net

John O'Brien

Dave Hoenigmann

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Dave Hoenigmann

National Account ManagerĀ 

AKA: Big D, Dees Knees
HOMETOWN: Newark, Delaware
HOBBIES:
Golfing, fishing, and spending time with family
FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM: Eagles and Packers (grew up a Reggie White fan)
SOMETHING NOBODY KNOWS ABOUT HIM: He is an awesome cook but a horrible baker.

Dave loves his job and makes it his goal to find new ways to make his clients look like superstars! His favorite part of his job is "making new friends".


EMAIL: dave@gatorgarb.net

Dave Hoenigmann

Carter Sharp

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Carter Sharp

National Sales Representative

AKA: TooSharp, C-Money
HOMETOWN: Savage, Minnesota
HOBBIES: Music, reading, bustin' a move, and always trying to improve
FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM: All Minnesota teams
SOMETHING NOBODY KNOWS ABOUT HIM: He was a Security Policeman in the US Air Force.

Carter is always on the lookout for the newest and coolest promo items to offer his clients. His life mantra is to "enjoy life and love to laugh...Eye of the Tiger!!!".


EMAIL: carter@gatorgarb.net

Carter Sharp

Pam Demmer

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Pam Demmer

National Sales Manager

AKA: Hurricane Demmer, Energy Girl, or most recently GiGi
HOMETOWN: Minnesota born and raised and currently living nearby Medicine Lake in Plymouth, Minnesota
HOBBIES: Sailing, yoga, gardening, traveling, cooking, communications, Groupons, and trying out any new art, dance, or well-being class. She also enjoys spending time with her family and finds joy in being a big part of her grandson, Edan's life.
FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM: She is loyal to the Minnesota Vikings, Twins, and Gophers...with a growing fondness for the Packers and cheesy things.
SOMETHING NOBODY KNOWS ABOUT HER: She loves being on the water and has been spending her summers racing sailboats on Lake Minnetonka for the past six years. Pam is also a Rummikub strategist, was a Girl Scout Leader and trainer for 13 years, loves playing games, and she stops watches.

Pam brings over 23 years of experience with promotions to our team and has a deep background in hospitality, incentives, meetings, and events. She is a master at whole marketing concepts and bringing her clients' visions and goals together to achieve their mission(s). She loves creative strategy, logistics, themes, and branding. She truly leads her clients with quality and integrity and her goal is to always keep her clients on the mainstage. Philanthropy and contribution is very important to Pam and she practices living every day to the max.


EMAIL: pdemmer@mainstaymarketinginc.com

Pam Demmer

Brad Hansen

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Brad Hansen

Business Development Manager

AKA: B-Rad, Builder Brad
HOMETOWN: Kaukauna, Wisconsin
HOBBIES: Traveling, hiking, golfing, biking, fishing, and brewing beer
FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM: Green Bay Packers
SOMETHING NOBODY KNOWS ABOUT HIM: He is the first man in his family to graduate from college - and he double majored!

Brad is excited to be part of our sales team. "Finding a company to work for where you don't mind waking up to go to work is difficult to find, but the Gator Garb team has given me just that!"


EMAIL: brad@gatorgarb.net

Brad Hansen

Diane Schlenker

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Diane Schlenker

Graphic Designer

AKA: "D"
HOMETOWN:
Stanley, Wisconsin
HOBBIES: Listening to live music, spending time with friends and family, and drinking white chocolate mochas from Starbucks
FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM: Packers, of course
SOMETHING NOBODY KNOWS ABOUT HER: She sings to every song on the radio, regardless if she knows the words or not.

At Gator Garb, Diane does all things creative! This includes being a provider of promotions, conceiver of concepts, developer of designs, creator of custom caps and groupie of garb. She absolutely loves designing products to make clients look good!


EMAIL: diane@gatorgarb.net

Diane Schlenker

Amber Havnen

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Amber Havnen

Graphic Designer

AKA: Bamber, Ambs, AmBam
HOMETOWN: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
HOBBIES: Puzzles, escape rooms, hiking, kickboxing, painting, reading, cooking, and all things music
FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM: Uhhhh. How about favorite Broadway production? ;)
SOMETHING NOBODY KNOWS ABOUT HER: She has been obsessed with horses since she was a child, watches any television show or movie if it includes a horse, and once dreamed of becoming a professional barrel racer.

Amber makes things look pretty while drinking excessive amounts of coffee. She is fluent in Pantone and even color-coordinates her closet. She is extremely grateful to be part of such an incredible team and is thankful to work for a company who treats her like she's family! If you were to ask Amber what her #1 goal in life is, she would say to be a contestant on Wheel of Fortune. "I will keep applying until it happens!"


EMAIL: amber@gatorgarb.net

Amber Havnen

Sara Hurtgen

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Sara Hurtgen

Vice President of Operations / Accounting

AKA: $a$$y $ara
HOMETOWN: Strum, Wisconsin
HOBBIES: Going to concerts, camping with family, and spending time with people that make her laugh. Oh, and also gardening!
FAVORTIE SPORTS TEAM: Of course her kids' teams: Rhys' basketball team, Malena's gymnastics team, and Brooks' basketball and flag football teams. If she gets a chance to watch professional sports, she likes to cheer on the Steelers (which started as her favorite team as a bet with her husband when they were dating...many YEARS ago).
SOMETHING NOBODY KNOWS ABOUT HER: Her favorite food is anything with buffalo sauce, with boneless wings being at the top of the list!

Sara wears multiple hats at Gator Garb, but she would say her main duty is Accounting. She really enjoys working at GGP as it really is a well rounded organization. “We have some great clients, we sell amazing products, and we all try to have fun while getting our jobs done!” 


EMAIL: sara@gatorgarb.net

Sara Hurtgen

Morgan Jevne

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Morgan Jevne

Client Order Specialist

AKA: Captain, Morgs, Morgie
HOMETOWN: Eau Claire, Wisconsin
HOBBIES: Painting, watching movies, repurposing junk, baking, succulents, going to the race track 
SOMETHING NOBODY KNOWS ABOUT HER: She can't drive a stick shift and has a vast knowledge of useless movie quotes and song lyrics.

Morgan started in November of 2017 and has made her presence known in our Customer Service department. She is very knowledgeable and can take any order from start to finish, as well as tackle any hiccups along the way. She is a great addition to the team. “I can honestly say that I love coming to work every day. Gator Garb is a great company and I am proud to be a part of such an amazing team!"


EMAIL: morgan@gatorgarb.net

Morgan Jevne

Adam Literski

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Adam Literski

Client Order Specialist

AKA: Alit
HOMETOWN: Wausau, Wisconsin
HOBBIES: Watching too many sports, golfing, and outdoor activities 
FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM: Green Bay Packers
SOMETHING NOBODY KNOWS ABOUT HIM: His parents live full time in Florida, making it an easy vacation destination.

Adam is the newest addition to the Gator Squad and has jumped in running. He is an extremely hard worker and we are excited to see where this journey takes him!


EMAIL: adam@gatorgarb.net

Adam Literski

Rory Stark

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Rory Stark

Brand Ambassador

AKA: Rors
HOMETOWN: Eau Claire, Wisconsin (born in Shell Lake)
HOBBIES: Begging, sleeping, greeting people, cleaning the floor, long walks, and swimming
FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM: Packers
SOMETHING NOBODY KNOWS ABOUT HIM: He is a miniature golden retriever. His dad is only 40 lbs and his mom is 45 lbs...somehow he weighs in at 70 lbs. He blames it on getting lots of treats! ;)

Rory joined the Gator Garb team in 2016 when he realized he couldn’t jump on people walking through the door. The best part about his job is making the Gator Squad feel loved and appreciated. His favorite thing to do when not working is travel to Colorado and explore new hiking trails. His summers are spent at the lake relaxing on the pontoon and swimming as much as possible.  

Rory Stark