EXECUTIVE TEAM

Tony Carlston

Tony Carlston ~ CEO/COO

Tony is the founder of CUTCO Closing Gifts and owner of Branding Tools, Inc. He oversees the closing gift program for North America, sells in the Portland, OR / Vancouver, WA markets, and owns and operates the engraving company. He sets the culture and tone for the company and for his management staff.

Julia Carlston

Julia Carlston ~ CFO

Julia is the proud mother of eight. She was born and raised in the Vancouver area. She enjoys family time, working out, and traveling. Julia has been in the accounting field for over 20 years and owns a tax and accounting company with her sister as well as being the CFO of Branding Tools.

Nyla Spooner

Nyla Spooner ~ Drop Ship Manager

I was hired December 27th 2010 to help the in shop in Phil and Christine’s garages. The former company only had four machines. Phil, Chris and I did everything by ourselves. As the company grew, we moved to larger accommodations & with the move came more machines and more employees to run them.

Since I have held almost every job within the company and know all of the ins and outs of those jobs, I was thus promoted to shop manager.

I work hard most days! I’m in early….and stay late. Occasionally, I work weekends to make sure your packages are taken care of and shipped out promptly.

I am looking forward to seeing how our “little” yet “growing” company progresses as we go forward.

Luis Gaspar

Luis Gaspar ~ Engraving Manager

Luis is from Chiapas, Mexico. He came to Portland 10 years ago. He is responsible and helps out whenever he can. Luis is always willing to learn something new. He does his best in every activity and is very friendly. Luis enjoys reading, and his favorite author is Paulo Coelho. He also enjoys listening to music, watching movies, cooking, and traveling. Luis previously worked at Pacific Paper Tube, Inc. as a saw operator.

Rian Ten Kley

Rian Ten Kley ~ Fulfillment Center Manager

Rian grew up in Vancouver, WA with his parents, Doug and Judy, and his siblings, Reid and Krystal. Along with working at Branding Tools, Inc., Rian is a commercial fisherman in Naknek, Alaska. He braves the treacherous seas each year, bringing salmon back to civilization for us to eat. Rian owns his home in Camas and has two daughters. He enjoys watching sports with the guys, golfing, and hanging out with his lovely wife, Andrea, and their daughters.

Kim PittKimberly Pitt ~ Proofing Manager

Kim is a busy mother of four teenagers and loves spending time with her family. In her spare time she enjoys reading and having fun outdoors. She loves traveling and being close to the beach and the mountains. Kim was born in Portland, OR, but she has also lived in England and visited some amazing places. She grew up in the military with gave her a great opportunity to experience other places. Kim is glad to be a part of the Branding Tools family.

Bailey Bemis ~ Billing Manager

Daliah Ponce ~ Shop Manager

Newly married to Robert. Has traveled around the globe to the beautifully structured Szeged, Hungary, and to the tropical paradise of the Croatian Islands. She is studying graphic design. Her goal is to retire early in life to be able to experience the world and live out all her dreams together with her husband.

Dana Ottoboni ~ Client Relation Manager