Our company was founded in 1994 by Ted Heinecken, a legend in the midwestern book world. As a book rep, he created a division of his company to service his publishers in the gift trade. In 1998, I left Contemporary Books (Chicago) to work for Ted. In 2002, I wrote a check to Ted in the amount of $10, which he never cashed, and the rest is history!
Now with a sales force of ten, Kelley & Crew is a highly respected and successful gift rep group. We have a fun and creative mix of gift, paper, and book lines that give us entrée into some of the most unique specialty stores in our territory. We service gift and specialty retailers in five midwestern states: Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, and Kentucky with lighter coverage in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. In addition to our seasoned road sales force, we have a new Chicago showroom on Milwaukee Avenue in West Town. We also exhibit at StyleMax at the Merchandise Mart.