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.

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.

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.

Marina Zherebnenko ~ Black Knife Manager

Bailey Bemis ~ ADMIN SALES Manager

Daliah Nyers ~ 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

Meghan ConnollyMeghan Connolly ~ Billing Support

Meghan joined the BT team in the winter of 2020 (#covidsucks). She came to us after managing the Source Climbing Center and quickly went from climbing walls to climbing the ranks here at BT. When she is not processing and billing orders, she is usually out exploring the Pacific Northwest with her dog Balou and fiance Ben.