Breaking: Duncan Enterprises’ Mark Peters to Retire – Larry Hermansen Named President & COO

In a news release issued earlier today, CHA Member iLoveToCreate/Duncan Enterprises announced former CHA Board member, Mark Peters, will be retiring after a 20-year career with the company. We congratulate Mark Peters on his retirement and wish him the best.

Duncan Enterprises also announced that Larry Hermansen will transition into the roll as the company’s new President and Chief Operating Officer.

See the complete release listed below.

Duncan Enterprises Names Larry Hermansen President and Chief Operating Officer

Mark Peters to transition responsibilities to Hermansen and retire after a 20-year career at Duncan Enterprises

Fresno, Nov. 5, 2015 – On November 3, Duncan Enterprises welcomed Larry Hermansen as the new President and Chief Operating Officer. In his new role, Hermansen will lead the sales, marketing, new product development, finance, human resources, operations, manufacturing, distribution and infrastructure teams for the company, reporting directly to Larry Duncan, Chairman of Duncan Enterprises.

Hermansen, a Craft and Hobby industry veteran, brings nearly 30 years of leadership expertise to Duncan Enterprises. “Larry has a deep understanding of our industry, sensitivity for best-in-class business practices and cultures and an appreciation for creative consumers and the experiences that can be crafted for them,” said Duncan. “His leadership style is known to be very open and transparent, with clear and direct communication coupled with high trust, recognition and accountability. He is a perfect fit with our culture of high performance and our commitment to make it easy for the consumer to experience creativity.”

“Larry has the strength and ability to drive Duncan Enterprises to stronger and faster growth,” said Peters. “He has an outstanding track record of building businesses.”

Most recently, Hermansen served as the General Manager of E.K.Success Brands in Kansas City, the paper craft division of parent company, Wilton Brands. Prior to Wilton, Hermansen spent 13 years developing and operating two creative consumer products companies that he eventually sold and six years as an owner/partner of Chatterbox LLC with responsibilities for sales & marketing.

“I have a passion for developing and bringing to market products that inspire consumers to be creative,” said Hermansen, “but even more than that, creating a culture and atmosphere in which team members love their work and are motivated to be their best—that’s what really drives me.”

Peters, COO since 2006 and President since 2011, will begin turning over the business units to Hermansen, beginning with the craft, mass and alternate channel businesses, and continuing in 2016 with the ceramic and DIY farm & garden business. Peters will retire to work in the family ranching business but stay involved with Duncan Enterprises as its Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors.

About Duncan Enterprises

Duncan Enterprises is a privately-held, family-owned, Fresno, California based company that has led the Ceramic Arts industry since 1946 with the Duncan brand, has been a major leader in the Crafts & DIY industries since 1988 with the Scribbles, Tulip, Aleene’s and Puffy brands doing business as iLoveToCreate and has recently entered the DIY Farm & Garden market in 2014 with the launch of the SummerHawk Ranch brand. As a manufacturing, marketing, sourcing and distribution organization, Duncan Enterprises maintains a solid reputation for excellence in product development, quality, education and health & safety.

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