Leadership

Great company culture starts with great company leadership.

John Bruellman

CEO

John Bruellman, CEO of Showdown Displays, began his leadership journey by receiving his B.S. in Economics from the United States Military Academy at West Point. John honed his leadership skills through several advancements within the U.S. Army, serving as an Armor Officer. Following his service in the Army, John received his M.B.A. from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota and began his business career. This has included progressive leadership roles with Nordic Track, Honeywell, Ceridian Corporation and now Showdown Displays. His business career includes experience in marketing, manufacturing, process improvement, business strategy, international management, mergers & acquisitions, supply chain processes and general management.

John joined Showdown Displays as its President in 2006. He was promoted to CEO in 2011, upon Showdown’s merger with a “sister company” called Creative Banner. Under his leadership the company has received many awards, to include placement eight times on the Inc. 5000 list and two-time recognition as “Manufacturer of the Year” in Minnesota. In 2014 John was chosen as “Executive of the Year” by Minnesota Business Magazine. John was also named to the Advertising Specialty Institute’s “Power 50” list, which recognizes the most influential people in the promotional products industry. He is most proud that Showdown Displays has been recognized as one of the “Best Places to Work” by several different publications.

John holds many community leadership roles as well. He is a board member at Common Hope, a charity which helps fight poverty in Guatemala. He is also active in Junior Achievement, the University of Minnesota Veterans’ Initiative, Washburn Children’s Center, and Faith Lutheran Church in Waconia, MN. He is an avid traveler, reader and sports enthusiast. Above all, John treasures his time with his family, much of which is spent at the place he most loves… his cabin in the Minnesota north woods.

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For more than 30 years, our President, Kevin Walsh, has been building, growing and leading teams that delight customers while delivering annual revenues in excess of $500 million. He’s done this with remarkable companies like Wrangler Jeans & Shirts®, Lee® Printwear, Red Kap®, Bulwark®, VF Corp., Montana Silversmiths®, New Buffalo Shirt Factory, ProPlayer®, and more. His commitment to the Showdown Displays® team continues this long string of growth ventures.

Kevin embraces every morning, fully charged and with a big smile on his face because our team knows who we are, what we can do and how we do it. As a result, we have pioneered digital wide format printing and soft signage products to become the recognized leader in North America. Our team implements strategies that Kevin developed at those big brands to connect with and educate our B2B distributor partners. In the process, he’s been instrumental in growing our team, our distributors and our brand.

In addition to his leadership role with Showdown Displays, Kevin is an active Board member of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) servicing on its Executive Committee as well as on the Supplier Advisory Board of the SGIA.

Kevin’s passion for our story and the remarkable success we have demonstrated as a brand and a company is only exceeded by his commitment to being a loving husband and great dad.

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Kevin Walsh

President

Deb Weston, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

Deb Weston holds a M.B.A from the University of Wisconsin and a B.B.A. in Accounting and Management from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She has a track record of delivering strategic leadership within rapidly growing companies that quickly need to implement and integrate systems and attract and retain talent. She has 25 years of diverse experience, including progressively responsible management positions, in manufacturing, medical device, distribution and public accounting with public and private companies in the US and Europe.

Deb joined Showdown Displays in 2012 as the corporate controller, and has provided executive leadership in Finance, Accounting, and Human Resources. She was promoted to CFO in 2014 and today Deb has responsibility for Finance, Accounting, Human Resources, and Information Technology. She is also responsible for Global Finance for Showdown Displays Europe.

Deb is active in Financial Executives International and is a sponsor of a child in Guatemala through Common Hope. Deb was recognized as CFO of the Year in 2015 by the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal. In her spare time, you can find Deb with family and friends on the golf course or up in Northern Minnesota enjoying the lakes.

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Patrick (Pat) Matthews has been with Showdown Displays since October, 2010. As Senior Vice President of Global Product Management, Pat oversees Showdown Displays’ product development activities in the United States, China, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands. Pat created Operation Innovation, a product development workshop where employees from all departments across the company gather to share their ideas and creativity. As a result of Operation Innovation, his Product Management team averages eighty new products per year.

Prior to Showdown Displays, Pat spent sixteen years with Polaris Industries, where he managed Accessory & Apparel Product Development and Corporate Licensing. Pat received his Business degree from the University of Minnesota. He is married with three children, and he enjoys spending weekends with his family on Minnesota lakes.

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Pat Matthews

Senior Vice President of Global Product Management

Paul Kiely

Senior Vice President of Operations

Paul Kiely has served in senior operations leadership roles in his manufacturing career over the last 20 years with such companies as Berry Plastics, Resource Label, and most recently as Chief Operations Officer at Colorado Timberline. Paul graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor of Arts dual major in History and Philosophy. Serving as a Field Artillery Officer in the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division Paul developed his servant leadership style he employs today. His business career includes extensive experience in manufacturing, process improvement, merger & acquisition integrations, supply chain management, and mass customized printing. Paul joined the Showdown team in December 2018 and enjoys working with the team to provide Legendary service and quality for our customers. He is married, has two children and enjoys the outdoors with his family.

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