Like so many of us, I found myself a part of this amazing industry of promotional products by sheer happenstance. Before starting my journey with Maple Ridge Farms over 12 years ago, I didn’t understand or acknowledge the existence of an industry that used actual products to promote or market brands, companies, and organizations, or events. Sure, I had received imprinted pens, t-shirts, and the like, but I never gave much thought to where they came from. I never stopped to think about someone choosing that product, the imprint placement, or the actual impact it was intended to have. What was the “reason” it existed to begin with? Who was their intended recipient? What were they trying to accomplish with it?