Meet the Team

SALES TEAM

Don Manchester

Inside Sales Manager

Don Manchester

Inside Sales Manager

I grew up in Upstate NY, graduated college with a degree in Business Management. Moved to North Carolina about 11 years ago and joined JournalBooks. I have a 12 year old son (Brandon) and I’m happily married to my wife (Tammy) for 22 years now. I enjoy listening to Alternative Rock, coaching my son’s travel baseball team and spending time with my family at the beach or taking cruises. I like to have fun at work, former JournalBooks fantasy football champion by the way. You can find me joking around with our inside team or playing music loudly after hours for the whole office to hear.

  • Likes: football, baseball, the beach and taking cruises
  • Dislikes: traffic, cold weather, disorganization & not winning

Stacy Davis

Senior Inside Sales Rep

Stacy Davis

Senior Inside Sales Rep

Happily employed with Journalbooks since August of 2005. Started in Customer Service processing PO's, and transitioned to Sales in May of 2008. I have had the privilege of travelling to many trade shows and meeting the distributors that I have grown very close to in my time in this industry. From Ohio, but fan of Crimson Tide college football, Tarheel college basketball, Dolphins pro football, Bulls/Heat pro basketball.

  • Likes: anything tropical, big dogs, kickboxing, sarcasm
  • Dislikes: cold weather, high altitudes, gory movies, bicycles

Tamara Plota

Creative Sales

Tamara Plota

Creative Sales

Born and raised in California, I have been in Charlotte almost 10 years and considers it home! A lot of my free time is spent reading (primarily sci-fi and fantasy), in the air at aerial silks/lyra classes, and I love to cook. Traveling is also a huge part of my life and I’m always thinking about my next trip!

  • Likes: Rain, D&D, anime, board games, bees, fries, pie, pie and more pie!
  • Dislikes: Walking into spider webs, bees, black licorice

Teresa Stern

Creative Sales

Teresa Stern

Creative Sales

Originally from Iowa (yep, I’m actually familiar with a farm). Graduated from DMACC in Ankeny Iowa. Worked several years in an Advertising Agency then moved on several years later in the textile industry. Worked as a freelance graphic designer for 3 years in Illinois, until one of my clients hired me to be the Art Director of her agency. Been in North Carolina 17 years and will never move again…well, maybe. But it will be an island with a really cute cabana boy! I have three great children. I’m very active, run, enjoy going to Crowders Mountain with my boys, going to Jeckyl Island with family and having a great glass of Moscato. I’m a bit on the loud side and very sarcastic, I’ve had to learn to use my “inside voice” here.

  • Likes: My friends and family, great wine and food, chocolate, chocolate, hey did I mention chocolate? (I’d eat a bug if it was covered in it)
  • Dislikes: drivers (rubbernecks), squirrels, snakes, snakes, did I mention snakes? People who complain, lazy people….sometimes just people, ironic since I’m a people person.

Sarah Parker

Business Development | Inside Sales

Sarah Parker

Business Development | Inside Sales

Sarah is a Winston-Salem native and just moved to the Queen city with Simba the Cat in April. She received her bachelors in Creative Advertising from Appalachian State University in 2014 and has worked at the "Happiest Place on Earth" for two different internships. Though she misses the Disney life, North Carolina is where she belongs. She has competed internationally with Graphic Design in Brazil, Germany and Singapore. Though she is super positive and spunky, she has a really weird love for scary movies.

  • Likes: cats, Disney, carbohydrates, Fall/Halloween, family time
  • Dislikes: Not being happy, spiders, humidity, frozen entrees

Rachel Gilbert

Business Development | Inside Sales

Rachel Gilbert

Business Development | Inside Sales

I’ve lived all over the country but in North Carolina the longest so I consider it home. My career path has been pretty devoted to sales but has covered a variety of products – perfume, desk chairs, and lamps to name a few. I’m an avid reader (mostly fantasy, can’t resist a good dragon story) and often contribute my DIY attempts to the Pinterest “nailed it!” board. Life goal is to visit all 50 states and as of 2015, I’m over halfway there : )

  • Likes: The Oxford comma, ice cream, double-digit aged whiskey, trivia games
  • Dislikes: Tomatoes, open-mouth chewers, Will Ferrell, potholes you don’t see in time to dodge

Charlie Hollifield

Creative Sales

Charlie Hollifield

Creative Sales

"I just showed up and sat in a cubicle and no one has said anything yet"

  • Likes: Stuff
  • Dislikes: Things

Steph McGinnis

Creative Sales

Steph McGinnis

Creative Sales

I was born and raised Charlotte. I moved away for college and lived by the coast for a bit but recently made my way back home to be closer to family. In my spare time you could find me hanging on the couch with my hubby drinking a glass of wine while watching movies\TV series. I love sci-fi and fantasy and enjoy being a nerd about it.

  • Likes: my kitties -Charlie and Whiskers , cooking , painting , sushi, movies, music, reading, sleeping, relaxing bath, being outside in the sun, hanging with friends
  • Dislikes: eating sounds, celery, being hot, traffic, impatient people

Stephanie Sorce

Inside Sales

Stephanie Sorce

Inside Sales

Born and raised in Buffalo, NY, most of my earliest memories revolve around Buffalo Bills football and chicken wings. I started college as an art major in painting and finished it at RIT with a degree in Graphic Media Publishing. I’ve worked in the printing industry in Minneapolis, San Francisco, and Seattle before ending up back in Buffalo for a few years, and then finally settling in Charlotte with my 3 boys and 2 rescue huskies. When I can carve out some free time you might find me doing lyra, making mediocre art, or spending time with my favorite people.

  • Likes: coffee, dark humor, chocolate, Starbucks mugs, purple and black
  • Dislikes: mustard, public speaking, cooking, being told to smile more

Janel Moriarty

Inside Sales

Janel Moriarty

Inside Sales

I came to JournalBooks after spending 2 years living and working in Northern Japan. I've been interested in foreign cultures my entire life. Before my time abroad I grew up in the sweet, sweet town of Kernersville, NC and after 4 years of fun and hard work, I graduated from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC with a degree in Marketing and International Business. You can now find me either running around JournalBooks or making friends with strangers playing board games.

  • Likes: tattoos, former students telling her how much they liked her class, D&D, Podcasts, cheap furniture, mugs
  • Dislikes: Bananas, sea urchin, former students telling her how much they hated her class, papercuts, broken nails

CUSTOMER SERVICE

Jessica Clyburn

Order Coordinator Supervisor

Jessica Clyburn

Order Coordinator Supervisor

I was born in small town Monroe, NC. I lived in Anson county for most of my life and then moved to Charlotte my Senior year of high school. I attended King's College and received a Certification in Business Administration. I began working at Journalbooks in 2005 as a receptionist and the rest is history. I have one daughter Brianna. Brianna decided to join the Army Reserve last year and I am very proud of her. My little family is amazing & keeps me motivated. I enjoy hanging with my friends and family in my spare time.

  • Likes: tigers, butterflies, eating & shopping
  • Dislikes: mean people, rude drivers & cloudy days

Christy "CeCe" Wheeler

Order Entry

Christy "CeCe" Wheeler

Order Entry

When asked to share to you about myself I thought I should begin with just five letters: G.R.I.T.S "Girl Raised In The South". There may be a little country in all of us but there is certainly a lot more in me - you'll know it if we ever speak, I am known for my southern dialect (drawl if you will). As a member of the Customer Service Team, I am the first "eyes" on your order (along with my faithful cohort). I began my tenure with JB's back in 2005 and have grown so much since being here. It is my home away from home and very much like a family.

  • Likes: ice cream, kayaking, scrap-booking, and biking
  • Dislikes: liver, cold weather and rain

LaSena Hardin

Customer Service | Order Verification

LaSena Hardin

Customer Service | Order Verification

I was born in Charlotte but raised in Gastonia. I’m a genuine, optimistic, positive person! Yes, I’m a true Sagittarius by fault. I have a BS in Human Development and Family Studies and a minor in Psychology. I love spending time with my family and meeting new people.

  • Likes: being creative, making YouTube videos, hanging with friends, and learning new things
  • Dislikes: closed-minded people, traffic, and fireworks

Seng Veng

Order Coordinator

Seng Veng

Order Coordinator

My name says it all, Asian is my nationality, born and raised in California, but moved to NC for a better future. Now married and have three beautiful children! Known to be very shy at first when meeting new face, but as time goes by you'll realize that I am quite the "chatter box". What can I say, I just love people!

  • Likes: fishing, more fishing, bowling, reality TV & most of all spending time with family
  • Dislikes: anything that moves that isn't human except fishes

Letitia Porter

Order Coordinator

Letitia Porter

Order Coordinator

I am an easy-going, laid-back, happy-go-lucky, fun-loving, and helpful gal from Gastonia! I'm the oldest of four children and only girls (everyone think's I'm spoiled, but I'm not!). I had a great experience in college and graduated from the one and only NCCU oh so long ago! I have two lovely children, one boy and one girl, a teenager and tweenager (whew!). Somehow I've gained the nickname "Church Mouse" by the lovely JB team, lol!

  • Likes: track & field, taking pictures, bowling, skating, helping seniors and children
  • Dislikes: anything that puts a damper on your day

Nicole Pruyne

Order Coordinator

Nicole Pruyne

Order Coordinator

Coming soon!

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Sonia Murphy

Office Coordinator

Sonia Murphy

Office Coordinator

Bio?!... Aint nobody got time for that!

  • Likes: sewing, decorating, and shoes
  • Dislikes: not using common sense, lack of communication, and automated systems!

ART DEPARTMENT

Dawn Snider

Art Department Supervisor

Dawn Snider

Art Department Supervisor

I grew up in a small town in Indiana - aka Amish country. My adventures have taken me to Arizona, California, back to Indiana, back to Arizona and somehow I ended up in the Carolinas! My boyfriend and two cats keep me on my toes. Fangirl of HP, LOTR, BTVS and so much more!

  • Likes: Books, Pizza, Cats, Pizza and Books…and Cats
  • Dislikes: Eight legged beasts

Travis Givens

Graphic Artist | Color Specialist

Travis Givens

Graphic Artist | Color Specialist

A young boy, raised in a corner of Western Philadelphia. Frequenting the playgrounds was a hobby of mine, I very much enjoyed shooting B-ball. One day, a group of riff-raffs were causing much trouble in my apartment complex. There was an altercation, and it frightened my mother. I was immediately taken to live with relatives in Bel-Air. I still recall the pungent odor of the cabbie that took me there.

  • Likes: 90s TV sitcoms, Sports, Red Velvet Cake
  • Dislikes: duke fans, People who can't park, Lakers fans

Tyler Adams

Graphic Artist

Tyler Adams

Graphic Artist

I am a New York City native, now wondering around the South. College graduate from Appalachian State University, with a degree in Graphic Design and Imaging. Started with Journalbooks Summer of 2018! I'm a huge New York Yankees fan when it comes to baseball. Baseball is my first love!! I enjoy playing basketball and working out at the gym in my off time. Along with taking trips and shopping with my daughter Amya. l’m always open to trying new restaurants and exploring different cultures. I love seafood, I could live off seafood the rest of my life. I have a great passion for music producing, which is my second job!!

  • Likes: Sneakers, Music, Sports, traveling, Ralph Lauren, Art galleries, Seafood
  • Dislikes: Slow Drivers, Fast Food, Hot weather, judgmental people

Melissa Root

Graphic Artist

Melissa Root

Graphic Artist

I was born and raised in Florida, but left the year-round sun to experience what fall, spring, and winter are all about! I attended college at Queens University of Charlotte and played lacrosse there as well. After college, I went to Australia for four months to play lacrosse and explore the country!

  • Likes: dogs, lacrosse, scuba diving, traveling, concerts, chocolate
  • Dislikes: cold weather, traffic

Chris Jackson

Graphic Artist

Chris Jackson

Graphic Artist

Born in Oakland California, I started my journey out east with a skateboard, slice of pizza and a bag full of markers. I started carving the hills of New York and destroyed the flats of South Florida only to run away and chase after my passion of being a graphic designer.

  • Likes: Pizza, mechanical keyboards, reading, drawing, and painting.
  • Dislikes: Anchovies, forgetting to save, miracle whip, and the alliance.

MARKETING

Dustin Hatcher

Creative Services Manager

Dustin Hatcher

Creative Services Manager

Coming Soon!

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What We've Accomplished

JournalBooks was built on the willingness to work one-on-one with our clients. We believe it is important to get it right every time, time after time. As you look at the many industry awards we've earned, the quality of the products we've produced, and the case studies of exciting challenges — you'll see that when a company cares deeply about their employees, and their product, success follows. We are proud to have earned many prestigious awards. Check out just a sample of some of the awards we've won over time, by hovering over the years below.

Journal Awards

2014

  • ASI Counselor Magazine Distributor Choice Gold Award - Journals & Diaries
  • ASI Counselor Magazine Distributor Choice Gold Award - Office Products
  • PPAI Star Supplier Award
  • SAGE Rating Award - A+ Rating

2013

  • Promo Marketing Gold Supplier Excellence Award for Journals & Notebooks
  • ASI Counselor Distributor Choice Awards
  • PPAI Star Supplier Award
  • SAGE Rating Award - A Rating

2012

  • Distributors Choice Award
  • Promo Marketing Gold Supplier Excellence Award for Journals & Notebooks
  • PPAI Supplier Achievement Award for Client Sales & Marketing Aids
  • Recognized as One of the Top 12 Greatest Places to Work by PPAI - PPB Magazine
  • ASI Counselor Magazine Distributor Choice Award for Journals & Diaries
  • SAGE Rating Award - A Rating

2011

  • ASI Distributor Choice Award /Journals & Diaries - Counselor Magazine
  • Gold Supplier Excellence Award /Journals & Notebooks – PromoMarketing

2010

  • PPAI Star Supplier Award
  • ASI Distributor Choice Award/ Journals & Diaries - Counselor Magazine
  • Gold Supplier Excellence Award /Journals & Notebooks – PromoMarketing

2009

  • Gold Supplier Excellence Award /Journals & Notebooks – PromoMarketing

2008

  • ASI Supplier of the Year
  • PPAI Star Supplier Award
  • PPAI Supplier Achievement Gold Award

2007

  • PPAI Supplier Achievement Gold Award

2006

  • ASI Family Business of the Year
  • PPAI Supplier Achievement Gold Award