Chris founded Artina, (originally Olympic Incentive Ideas) in 1967. Throughout the years he has found enjoyment in the creativity and variety the promotional products industry provides. Helping customers meet their goals is a big part of Chris’ satisfaction. When Chris is not networking, he enjoys spending time with his family, participating in and watching various sports, giving back to the community and reading.
What did you want to be when you grew up? Matina’s first dream was to be an astronaut, shortly after she wanted to be a pilot, and by the time she was in high school she wanted to be a teacher. Three years into pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Child Development at OSU, and working part-time in the family business, Matina found herself in love with her family business. She wanted to be a permanent part of this fun and creative industry called “promotional products”. Matina is part of the second-generation ownership of the company and takes great pride in carrying on her dad’s legacy. While pursuing her MBA at Franklin University Matina and her boyfriend at the time, Zenios, started a residential home building company and got married shortly after. Their home building company, 3 Pillar Homes is thriving in Central Ohio, and Matina couldn’t be any more proud. Matina and Zenios have two wild and crazy boys that never fail to keep her on her toes. As in true Greek tradition, Matina’s boys are named after their grandfathers, Michael and Christos, and she definitely enjoys being part of her big fat Greek family.
Vice President & Marketing
Art began his career at Artina in 1991, working part time through college. He played soccer for Ohio State University and graduated in 1995 with his B.A. in Communications. Art takes special pride in being a part of his family’s business, especially the creativity and service Artina provides to all of its clients. In his free time, Art enjoys watching movies as well as soccer and basketball and playing golf. Art’s other passions include spending time with his family, cooking, traveling and his love for dogs. Art and his wife Denise live in Powell with their twin daughters Demi and Ria and their Plott Hound mix, Parker and German Shepherd, Gus.
Director of Administration
It was a quiet night in October 2007 when Anna Ruska’s phone rang and her cousin, Matina Zenios, was on the other end asking her to come to Artina the next morning and cover a recently vacant CSR position until they can fill it with another employee. Nine years later, Anna is still waiting… Seriously though, Anna enjoys coming to work every day and working with such wonderful people while serving her role as Office Manager. Who knew the promotional business was so much fun!! Anna graduated from Miami University, just a little while ago, with a Business degree and started her career in banking until she had 2 beautiful children. Those beautiful children are now pursuing their education in medicine: Jimmy in medical school in Arizona and Maria in nursing school at Ohio University. Anna and her husband love to visit their children as often as possible. When not working and traveling Anna enjoys reading and spending time with her big fat Greek family.
Director of Finance
Jen has been destined for greatness since the day she entered the doors of Artina Promotional Products. Since joining the Artina team in June of 2002, she has maneuvered through every department. Her initial post was “Director of First Impressions”; when she was ready for the next step, Jen became our Billing Administrator. Again, looking for more challenges to her daily schedule, she moved to Sales, first in the Customer Service Department then as a Sales Representative. Always willing to be a team player, Jen moved back to the Support department to fulfill a need in the Accounting Department. Leaving the always changing world of sales, Jen threw herself completely into all things finance and has soared ever since. When a full-time career as Artina’s Finance Executive left Jen wanting more from life, she married her best friend, Brad. Together they have taken on the challenges of family life with their two beautiful boys Griffin and Grayson. Jen is very knowledgeable in every aspect of the company; there are not many questions to which she does not have the answer and is always willing to assist with her knowledge in any situation that arises. It is said that no one likes a ‘know it all’, but her co-workers do!
Senior Account Executive
In a Galaxy far away, many years ago, young newlywed Margot Engle started in the Accounting department at Olympic Incentive Ideas. In the episodes that follow, we watched Margot transition from a role in accounting to sales. At that time orders were sent overnight to factories and standard production time averaged 20 working days before delivery. The Olympic/Artina family and her customers had the pleasure of watching her two boys Jonathan and Timothy while growing up.
Fast forward to present time, Margot and her husband John are enjoying the life of being empty nesters while both boys are in college. They enjoy spending time with their two rescued dogs. After so many years, Margot is still excited to help customers come up with the creative solutions to help them promote their brand. The industry has evolved a lot in Margot’s years. Turnaround time for standard orders now is typically 5 to 7 working days along with 24-hour rush options on some products. A big part of Margot’s business today is also custom created products from concept to delivery. Who knows what changes are to come in the future for not only the Engle family but also for Artina. Stay tuned for more updates to follow, especially on how Margot help’s her customer promote their brands and achieve their goals. Live Long and Prosper.
Senior Account Executive
So many years at Artina…who knew Lesley started working when she was 12! She loves what she does because it’s different every single day, kind of like her life with two dogs and a fat cat named Sophie. For some crazy reason, their relationship does not mimic all the warm and fuzzy cat/dog pictures and video that are shown every day on Facebook! At the very least, this keeps things interesting, just like her job at Artina. Lesley is an avid Disney fan and vacations there almost each year with her entire family. You would think after 17 family vacations to Disney World, she might want to go somewhere else! But Disney is her passion, as well as spending time with her family and friends!
Senior Account Executive
Her dream job was to be a soap opera actress, but Artina was lucky enough to land this special talent! Sally is a mom to two beautiful daughters and loves spending time with them-especially at Disney World! She loves being in promotional product sales, seeing what is new and trending, and working with clients to help them sort out which products will make the perfect fit!
Senior Account Executive
Linda has a long history with Artina and supplemented her industry experience with a three-year move to the Windy City. During that time, she worked as a vendor rep so she has a unique understanding of the industry from both sides. Linda enjoys the challenges of working with a diverse group of clients and helping them solve their business challenges. Linda spends her free time with her family, which includes her husband and their two sons, Vassilis and Antonis.
Senior Corporate Account Specialist
Hollie was getting married in July of 1999 and in May thought, “why not embark on a new career too?!” In and out of the office it has been many years of wedded bliss! Here is how the story goes…. After graduating from Fitchburg State College with a degree in Early Childhood Education our heroine worked for two years in a private non-profit nursery school. A turn of events brought her to retail where she worked for Payless Shoesource in the Boston area for ten long, long, long years. But you may ask yourself, how did this gal from ‘Glosta’, MA to move to Ohio? First, she has to place a personal ad in a magazine; then a really neat guy from Pittsburg had to respond. They date, he asked, she said ‘yes’, they move, here we are! Back to the story, where were we…? Oh yeah, “long, long time in retail….” after working longer than anyone should in retail, Hollie happened upon a job opportunity at Artina Promotional Products. They interviewed, they offered, she accepted, here we are! Every day is a new adventure and Hollie truly has enjoyed providing stability and superior customer service to her clients and intends to continue doing so for many years to come.
Senior Account Executive
Lover of animals and all things sixties & seventies, Jessica Rugh is a wannabe pianist, lover of Cider and mother of cat Morrison and Yellow Lab, Remi. Her loyalty and work ethic were planted at a young age as a 4H member and bloomed while enrolled at Otterbein College. After Otterbein, Jessica made her real world debut at Sign-A-Rama where she cut her teeth in sales, learning not-so-quickly how to handle rejection and cold calls. Those five years introduced her to the world of business, new people, and the drive for more. Finding Artina in July of 2013, Jessica loves working on custom projects for her clients and is determined to be a Million-dollar rep in sooner than later… Jessica is not limited to sales; she was crowned the Clark County Fair Rabbit Duchess in 1999 and was the first Piccolo player to grace the field in the Kenton Ridge High School Marching Band. She was born and raised a Cincinnati Bengals fan and can be found binge-watching Law & Order and skipping right to the crossword puzzle in her People magazines.
Before becoming a savvy B2B woman Casey studied at Bowling Green State University and attained a Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality. She started her career in food & beverage sales, working in the Luxury Hotel market in Miami, Florida. Once realizing she can’t beat the Buckeye State, she returned back to Ohio and found herself here at Artina. She is passionate for the Columbus-based Pelotonia campaign and participates each year to help, End Cancer. She will also participate in the Cap City Marathon and hopes to make this a new yearly tradition as well! Things Casey loves the most in life are family, friends and her dog Wesley. You can usually find her on weekends spending time with them enjoying yoga, a local bike trail or trying out a new brick & mortar restaurant. She still carries that foodie mindset & enjoys local, fresh made eats & cocktails.
Corporate Account Specialist
Joe arrived at Artina with a lot of customer-focused marketing and consulting experience. All through school, he received high remarks from his teachers about how well he was able to distract others. Joe has a passion for helping companies build relationships with their employees, clients, & community. He has a wild son and an annoying but cute Boxer/German-Shepard girl. He knows every line from the TV show ‘The Office’. He is also “baldish” by choice. What else do you want to know?
Corporate Account Specialist
After being a self-proclaimed anti-runner, in 2015 Monica completed her first half marathon and full marathon. Although she didn’t meet her marathon finish time goal of beating Subway’s infamous Jared, she did beat Pamela Anderson. Ohio-born, Monica traveled frequently in her twenties, studying abroad in Japan and completed her Master’s Degree in England. Now back in Ohio, she enjoys spending time with her British husband and three American dogs. Over the course of her career, she has always found a way to develop her natural ability to cultivate personal connections. From sales to customer service, business consultancy to small business co-owner, she loves a challenge and mastering new endeavors. Monica is the first to admit she is comprised of a distinctive blend of goofiness, self-motivation and social intelligence and she centers all she does on a high level of personal integrity.
Customer Service Representative
Wanna race? Krissy used to race her Trans Am WS6 in her younger years. She still enjoys muscle cars and gawks at them whenever she sees them on the road. Shifting gears, she now spends her time away from work enjoying time with her husband, children and close friends, watching movies and baking. She cheers on the Cleveland Browns (don’t judge) with her 2 dogs Toby and Gunner and Jeff the cat. She is an avid animal lover and a graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in Animal Science. Prior to joining the Artina team, she worked in retail management. She takes pride in providing customers with precisely processed orders and delivering them on schedule. Her motto: “You only fail when you stop trying”.
Customer Service Representative
From taking pictures around the World’s Rocking Roller Coast to slinging lattes at Starbucks, Suzanne knows that her direction in life is to help others see anything is possible, even if that means convincing them they can run a half marathon! She has completed 2 so far and is looking ahead to more in the future. She is a shopper of good deals, even if that means thrifting! You would never know she was once so shy she wouldn’t talk to anyone she didn’t know. She wouldn’t be who she is today without her husband, family and close friends. Suzanne started with Artina as the Director of First impressions, and when the opportunity arose, she moved in to one of our CSR positions. She is excited to take our client’s orders to the next level and ensures the best results on every order!
Lynn is our resident Georgia Peach who migrated to Ohio because of LOVE! Before following her heart Lynn worked at Genuine Parts Company Corporate Headquarters in Atlanta for 20 years. This easy-going southern gal loves being a part of the Artina team. She enjoys every aspect of her job whether it is helping out the sales team or solving the latest Excel mystery. She is constantly learning more and more about the company and the world of promotional products. Lynn loves spending her down time singing her favorite tunes in the privacy of her back patio, but has been known to bust out in song at local establishments around closing time. She also enjoys spending quiet evenings with her favorite guy, Ron, and their beautiful four-legged princess, Roxy. She really looks forward to weekends spent back at home in Georgia with her three beautiful grand children; Shay, Bubby, and Mackenzie who fondly call her the best GiGi!
Director of First Impressions
Emily joined the Artina family in November 2015 as the Director of First Impressions. She works at the front desk, so her smiling face will be the first thing you see walking through our doors! When not in the office, Emily enjoys the outdoors, reading, laughing, & surrounding herself with her family and friends. Emily is an old soul at heart and convinced she accidently stumbled into the wrong era and can’t find her way home. She plays the oboe for a local volunteer band. So, if you need an oboe player for an event… Or to charm your snake, make sure to contact Emily ASAP!
Lauren has a history in Customer Service, working as a Manager at a Farm Market for four years, where she learned a lot about herself… and vegetables! Lauren was known as the ‘artsy one’ growing up and she was inspired to do what she loved for a living. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Ohio University and is ecstatic to be the ‘one-woman show’ that is the Production/Graphic Artist here at Artina. She has always enjoyed being a busy bee in the workplace, so if you don’t hear her for a while, don’t worry, she’s just ‘In the Zone’.
Lauren is very passionate about music and always has a song in her head; so just let her know if her foot tapping is bothering you. She attends as many concerts as she can in the summer and has even camped out overnight in line to get the best spot! She loves to watch and RE-watch movies and TV shows and tends to be the person that’s making sure you are paying attention because ‘Hey! This part is important!’