Geiger CEO Jo-An Lantz Named 2020 Counselor Person of the Year
Lewiston, Maine, July 23, 2020: Jo-an Lantz, President and CEO of Geiger, a top ten industry distributor, has been named 2020 Counselor Person of the Year by the Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI), a leading promotional products industry trade organization.
At the 2020 Counselor Awards, ASI President and CEO Tim Andrews stated, “Jo-an’s transparent, which she proved repeatedly throughout the crisis during her weekly videos for employees, she’s a strategic business thinker, recognizing earlier than most that business is international and conducted in a global economy and she’s super smart, making her an ideal leader during times of great prosperity and in times of great uncertainty.”
Jo-an Lantz began working at Geiger directly after college in an entry-level position and has moved up through progressively higher levels of authority, most recently being named as the first non-family CEO and President in 2019.
“I never think I have to work; I always think about the privilege that I get to work,” she says, demonstrating her commitment to Geiger and strong work ethic. “I truly love what I do and the people I’m with. I find them very motivating.”
When asked about his decision to name Lantz as the first woman and non-family President and CEO of Geiger, Gene Geiger, Geiger’s Chairman of the Board and former President and CEO states, “I’ve worked with Jo-an for more than 40 years, during much of which she was my right hand, my partner. I couldn’t have chosen a more capable successor.”
A respected, forward thinking and caring leader, Lantz enthusiastically shares her knowledge, experience and time with anyone who asks – whether inside the company, the industry or her community. She was one of the founders of the Women’s Leadership Conference, which has benefited the female professionals in the promotional product industry. She has previously been named as ASI’s Woman of Distinction and International Person of the Year.
Headquartered in Lewiston, Maine, Geiger is the largest family-owned and managed promotional products distributor in the world. Geiger operates from offices across the US and Europe and is affiliated with over 450 independent sales representatives. Geiger is a socially conscientious company, providing proactive, comprehensive marketing solutions to their clients.