Carolina Pad & Paper Hires Beth Funston as Creative Director

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In new Creative Director position, Beth Funston to manage day-to-day operations of the Carolina Pad & Paper art department and work with Signature Designer Jacqueline Savage McFee developing the company's creative vision.

Carolina Pad & Paper (CPP), a leading supplier of fashion school and office products for women and girls, announced the hiring of Beth Funston as Creative Director, effective November 5. Funston, who will manage day-to-day operations of the CPP art department, will work closely with Signature Designer Jacqueline Savage McFee developing the company's creative vision across all existing and new business categories.

Funston will bring to this new position many years of marketing, advertising, and sales experience including product development, trends analysis, and strategic planning. "We are thrilled that Beth is joining CPP in this very important role," said CPP Vice President of Marketing Kathryn W. Thompson. "Her creative vision, extensive experience in designing work processes, teambuilding, and product development will be huge assets as CPP continues to research and develop new products and markets."

Funston spent the last 28 years at Hallmark Cards, Inc., in a number of positions of increasing responsibility, most recently, art director -- greetings division. Her roles at Hallmark have also included design director -- strategic initiative team, product manager -- Party Express, and consumer promotions strategist -- advertising.

Funston received an interior design degree from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. She has also been continuing her education in surface design, graphic arts, and photography at the Kansas City Art Institute.

Carolina Pad & Paper (CPP), whose brands include JACK!E™, u:create™, and Ghostline®, is a leading supplier of office, school, and arts and crafts products. The company's products can be found at discount department stores, office supply stores, grocery stores, and drug stores throughout the U.S. Get information on these products at http://www.ucreate.com.

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