Discount School Supply Celebrates 25 Years!

Hello again from Judy McGuinn at Discount School Supply. This post is especially fun for me to write because we’re celebrating our 25th Anniversary on July 1, 2010. We have all of our terrific customers to thank for making this milestone possible. So thank you very much!

I think you’ll be interested to know that our founder, Ron Elliott, is still an employee of the company, now as Executive Chairman. When Ron founded the company in 1985, he was an entrepreneur with a good idea: he wanted early childhood teachers to be able to buy quality arts & crafts materials at lower prices than he saw in competitors’ catalogs. He did all the entrepreneurial things, such as making deliveries himself, making the first Discount School Supply catalog on his own computer, demonstrating products himself at trade shows, and talking to teachers for hours on end to understand what they really needed.

Our CEO, Kelly Crampton, has been with the company 21 years, and he was one of the earliest employees. Like Ron, Kelly has held a variety of different jobs as the company grew up. It’s one reason he is so well-equipped to lead the company today. Among the Discount School Supply staff, we have a number of people who have been here more than 15 years and many who have been here for more than 10. We think that the longevity of our staff is a good indicator that we enjoy what we do, and we are all committed to supporting early childhood education.

I hope that you will join our celebration. As a special “thank you” to our wonderful customers, we’ll be giving away $25,000 in prizes during July. More information will be available on this blog and or visit Discount School Supply on Monday, June 28. Thank you for being part of our first 25 years! We can’t wait to see what comes next!