FalconBlue has a passion to help entrepreneurs, designers and business owners transform their creative vision and concepts into a successful Brand.

FalconBlue Brand Development provides consultative expertise and experience to grow consumer product brands through strategy, brand management, licensing and strategic distribution.

Successful brands can be powerful, influential and profitable.


Andy Bjork – Partner

“Strategic Vision and Planning should be clear, comfortable, complete and crafted to encourage and allow exceptional Operational Execution.”

— Andy Bjork

 

Andy Bjork’s character, professional skills and senior leadership are supported by his multi-faceted career. He is foremost a top leader of people and organizations. He clearly defines vision and strategy, with an incredible aptitude to convert strategic thinking into execution.

Industry. Mr. Bjork has his family roots in the Gift, Fashion and Home industry. For over 20 years, he has owned and led two successful sales and marketing companies in the Northeast – BrassSmith House and Blue Birch. In 2010, he merged these operations with Ivystone Group LLC where he serves as Chief Strategy Officer and Vice President of Business Development. Mr. Bjork is a founder of the national trade association (GHTA) and continues to serve in an ‘emeritus’ status. He is truly a transformational leader in an industry known for its creativity and entrepreneurial spirit.

Military. Mr. Bjork served as an officer in the United States Navy, combining both active duty and reserve service for over 30 years. In his early years he served onboard destroyer USS O’Bannon (DD987) and then distinguished himself as an award-winning instructor at the Surface Warfare School in Newport, RI. Promoted to Captain, he was National Director of US Fleet Forces Naval Cooperation and Guidance for Shipping program, the Navy’s interface with domestic and international merchant marines. In his final command, Captain Bjork was the senior reserve officer at NATO Supreme Allied Command Transformation in Norfolk, VA. He continues to have tremendous influence on many professional careers and programs in his dedication to world and national security.

Consulting. Sought out for his ability to convert ideas to action, and from action to profits, Mr. Bjork has a robust portfolio of clients who have benefited from his expertise and professionalism. Past clients of note, include: Yankee Candle, Village Candle, Taggies, Crabtree & Evelyn, Olde Cape Cod Stoneware, Stall & Dean, Telcare, and more.

Mr. Bjork is personable, capable and experienced in the development and execution of both business and government major projects. His experience spans large organizations to entrepreneurial and start-up enterprises. His strategies have clarity, hardiness and endurance. His drive for perfection in execution is persistent.

Career Distinctions and Education:

  • Founder and Past President, Gift and Home Trade Association
  • 30 Years, United States Navy; Defense Superior Service Medal (highest recognition)
  • United States Naval War College, Command & Staff
  • Babson College, F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business, MBA
  • Cornell University, AB

Julie Dix – Partner

“Planning and developing your brand should be your #1 investment for the future.”

— Julie Dix

 

Julie Dix is personable and energetic, with a keen sense for business achievement. She is a leader and mentor for women in business and well known in the gift, baby, toy and fashion industries.

Industry. Having invented a unique and interactive baby product, Ms. Dix started her own company in 1999. In less than 10 years, she had established sales channels in 18 different countries, growing the brand through licensing, distribution and intellectual property management. Her company’s brand achieved marquis status in the juvenile products industry, being sold in retailers from Nordstrom’s to Wal-Mart, as well as in thousands of independent specialty retailers. The brand was continuously ranked one of the top selling baby gift product lines in the country. The breadth and success of the brand gave her experience across multiple industries - gift, baby, apparel, toy and publishing, with substantial expertise in IP and licensing.

Consulting. With specific expertise in entrepreneurial start-ups, intellectual property, licensing and brand development, Ms. Dix is in high demand for a wide range of consulting and mentoring projects both within her areas of focus and beyond. She is considered one of the ‘go-to’ resources for ‘mom-preneurs’ in the Northeast, well known by a wide community of mom’s who used her products to raise their children.

Ms. Dix is an expert in brand development, intellectual property development and management and general business management. She has additional expertise in consumer product safety and product testing. She brings knowledge and expertise to companies looking to expand their sales channels through licensing and brand recognition.

Career Distinctions and Education:

  • SBMA – New England Innovation Award
  • Wonder Women of Toys – Women to Watch Award
  • Top 25 MomPreneurs Award
  • Featured in - People Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, USA Today, Parenting Magazine, Newsweek Magazine, Fit Pregnancy Magazine, Time Magazine, Inc.Com, Women’s World Magazine
  • Product Awards include: Oppenheim awards, Preferred Choice Award, iparenting Award, Dr. Toy Awards, Top Toys for Babies Award
  • Past President and Chairman, Gift and Home Trade Association
  • Nazareth College, Master’s Degree in Education
  • State University of New York at Potsdam, Bachelor of Arts Psychology and Elementary Education

Jen Saunders

“I enjoy helping companies reach their full potential. Much of it comes from having a strong vision and a good plan, but in my experience, business success is clearly supported with hard work and attention to detail.”

— Jen Saunders

 

 

Jen Saunders has a broad business background with a strong focus on organizational structure and financial management. She brings keen insights on business process and mechanics, successfully building systems to support a company’s growth and expansion.

Industry. Ms. Saunders has 18 years’ experience in accounting, finance and business management, the last 7 in the Gift, Fashion and Home industry. Her expertise is with small and medium sized businesses, as well as start-ups. Ms. Saunders leads FalconBlue to develop client business systems – accounting, payroll, human resources, customer care and more.

Consulting. Companies with strong brand vision require support to setup, train and execute their daily and monthly business routines. Client companies gain significant value from Ms. Saunder’s understanding of basic business operations and the need to have these run smoothly so brand development work can be focused on. Her experience is a huge asset to support and stabilize fast-growth companies and brands.

Ms. Saunders experience crosses multiple industries. She is focused, organized and dedicated to perfection.

Career Distinctions and Education:

  • Babson College, F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business, Graduate Finance Program
  • Bowdoin College, B.A., Cum Laude

Tom Angelo

“Despite the many tools and ways to reach the consumer today, the sales channels and methodologies are more complex than ever. Synchronizing and aligning your sales strategy with your brand strategy is paramount to long-term sustainable growth.”

— Tom Angelo

 

Tom Angelo has a proven sales and marketing professional with expertise in both in-house and outside sales-force management, key account sales, forecasting, budgeting, new product development, market research, and trade show management. He is experienced in both the specialty consumer goods market, as well as in medical technology. Mr. Angelo is highly skilled at developing and executing a business strategy to maximize the development of current business and create new business opportunities within new and existing sales channels in the United States, as well as internationally.

Industry. Mr. Angelo has 23 years business experience in specialty consumer products and medical technology. Following a career start at Pepsi-Cola, he held both senior retail and wholesale positions at Crabtree & Evelyn, Ltd. He served as Director of Business Development at both Alene Candles and Crabtree & Evelyn, Ltd. Since 2010, Mr. Angelo transferred his business and sales leadership skills to the medical technology field, managing the Securos division of MWI Veterinary Supply with responsibilities for planning, organizing and executing all activities in the company’s US and overseas offices, plus 11 international distributors.

Consulting. Mr. Angelo’s history demonstrates a strong track record developing national and international sales organizations. Clients rely on his ability to build their complete sales infrastructure to meet brand direction and requirements. His knowledge of sales, sales methods, market channels and sales technologies make him one of the top resources in specialty consumer products and medical technology. Brands Mr. Angelo has advised for include: Bath & Body Works, Parfums de Coeur, Vera Wang, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, L’Oreal, Kiel’s, Blue Q, Illuminations, Crabtree & Evelyn, Sears (Circle of Beauty), Sarah Michaels, and Taggies, Inc.

Mr. Angelo is a true entrepreneur himself and recognizes the requirements of others on a similar path. He is friendly and strong sales leader with incredible people skills. He is skilled at developing organizational culture and teamwork, while at the same time setting priorities and paying attention to the details of plans, budgets and timelines.

Career Distinctions and Education:

  • Founder of Bandbook, Inc., www.bandbook.com, a fully integrated web-based music company
  • Board of Education Member, Thompson, CT Public Schools
  • Board of Directors, Gift and Home Trade Association
  • Board of Advisors, Taggies, Inc.
  • Dale Carnegie Institute, Certified Trainer – Mohr Retail Learning Systems
  • Anna Maria College, B.B.A. Management

 

 

 

 

 

 

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