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John Bishop, A.V. Perkins, Shawn Szirbik

John Bishop, Dawn Johnson & Kellie Gould, A.V. Perkins, Shawn Szirbik

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John Bishop has been the CEO of Doodlebug Design, Inc since 2007 and has helped guide the company through two physical moves and major industry changes including the great recession of 2008, the design and construction of its world class headquarters, the subsequent devastating flood, the absorption of the Bella Blvd brand and inventory, the earthquake of 2019 and the ensuing pandemic we all face. Remarkably, sales in 2020 have exceeded anything seen in the past decade. John is an entrepreneur and business consultant. He has been involved in manufacturing and retail for many years. Starting in furniture out of college, he moved on to the apparel industry where he negotiated licensing agreements for items from watches to apparel with the Vatican and set up showrooms in Manhattan. He went on to become the GM and VP of Chisco and Chums (sporting goods accessories) overseeing the Freestyle watch brand license with all Major accounts for 10 years before aligning with Doodlebug Design.

Dawn Johnson and Kellie Gould were neighbors who became good friends. In 2000 while employed at “real” jobs, they purchased a hot foil stamping machine and started printing titles on albums part time.  In early 2001, they organized a scrapbooking event that brought 500 crafters together. They then opened an online store and hosted another event with 3000 attendees.  Later in 2001 they opened the Memory Bound brick and mortar store. The store was expanded less than a year later. Believing in having lots of great product, the store’s mix has evolved through the years as the industry has changed to include all types of paper crafting, scrapbooking, card making, mixed media, and DIY home décor. Besides a bountiful selection of product, Memory Bound has great classes and lots of project samples for inspiration. There is something for all levels of crafters. Twenty years later, Dawn & Kellie are no longer neighbors. But they are still business partners, and friends.

A.V. Perkins is a DIY expert and creator of  What began as a traditional Do-It-Yourself blog has grown into a lifestyle platform that includes crafts, upcycled furniture, tasty recipes and pop culture. Her goal is to help thrifty millennials realize “Life is better when you Do-It-Yourself!”  With appearances in HGTV, Huffington Post, Ebony and BuzzFeed, A.V. is determined to change the face of DIY.

As owner of Hull’s Art Supply & Framing in New Haven, Connecticut, Shawn Szirbik provides a resource for college students, professional artists, and creative minds of all ages and abilities. The decision to add an online store presence in 2020 helped ensure Hull’s could adapt and survive to the new normal.

Sessions at Creativation+

"Industry Panel Including AFCI Awards: Moving Forward Together - The Creative Industries in 2021" on Tuesday, March 16