Meet the Principals

Do you often find yourself saying “I just gotta have it!”? Well so do we! So there you have it, by changing the “gotta” to “Got2” we found ourselves in business.

Friends and business partners Michelle Ruby and Barbara Knight are not only crazy about shopping; they are passionate about the gift industry. They absolutely love what they do and want to share it! That is why their mission is:

“To continually bring you the latest in fashion and trends while keeping you in touch with tradition. Searching the world for items that you simply… Just Got 2 Have!”

We pledge to provide you the quality of service that will bring you back again and again. Our hope is to exceeed your expectations every time and if we fall short, that you pick up the phone and call either one of us. We’ll not only take care of the problem, but make sure it doesn’t happen to you, or anybody else again.

Come visit us in our Atlanta Gift Mart showroom, or give a ring to the friendly Just Got 2 Have It! representative in your area soon!

 

Our Team

Christina Graff

Christina Graff

VP Finance & Administration

(404) 749-4850 (404) 749-4851 [email protected]

When she first started studying Chemistry and Environmental Science, Christina Graff never imagined that she’d be working in an environment that’s quite different from her original path. As our Commissions and Account Guru, Christina not only brings an analytical head to the Just Got 2 Have It team – she also brings a warm, fun-loving spirit that creates the perfect balance for her role here.

Alison Blackmore

Alison Blackmore

VP Sales Operations

(281) 684-1771 [email protected]

Alison began working for Kris & Co. in 2013 as a Sales Coordinator for our NE Division. As a result of her commitment, attention to detail and acting as a tremendous resource to the sales team she rose to the role of Sales Manager in 2014. Alison has proven to be an asset in building strong relationships with her sales team and vendor partners. Alison’s degree in Business, her experience as Sales Analyst at Honeywell Consumer Products Group, and drive has made her a great fit for our organization.

Daniel Slack

Daniel Slack

Creative Director

(404) 210-9783 (404) 749-4851 [email protected]

Daniel has years of expertise ranging from retail store owner to costume designer. He has most recently owned and operated a national visual merchandising company.

Daniel and his team have won numerous national awards for design and visual merchandising – not to mention being the sole reason behind Just Got 2 Have It’s multiple “Best of Floor” awards.”

Gary Bollinger

Gary Bollinger

Director of Digital Marketing

(724) 525-7000 [email protected]

With just under 10 years of experience in the gift and home trade, Gary believes he has found his calling. After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in art, Gary continued to study marketing and public relations. Since his first day at his first tradeshow, he knew he’d forever be passionate about applying his creativity and marketing skills to the evolving industry and gets excited thinking about the major role technology will play in the future of wholesale buying habits.

Hannah Davis

Jhernelle Irish

Division Coordinator, Southeast Gift, Glam & Home Divisions

(404) 749-4850 (404) 749-4851 [email protected]

Jhernelle has been promoted to Division Coordinator for the SE Gift, Glam & Home Divisions. We are excited for Jhernelle to transition into this new position, and feel this “co-coordinator” role will allow for a more streamlined method of management as it relates to our vendors and all of you. 

Lexie Desprez

Lexie Desprez

Division Coordinator, Mid-Atlantic Trend, Northeast & West

(404) 749-4850 (404) 749-4851[email protected]

Lexie has joined our corporate team in the Atlanta showroom, assisting with customer service and inside sales. Lexie graduated from Kennesaw State University in 2017 with a degree in Marketing. Her previous work experience includes 3 years of retail sales and 5 years of wholesale gift showroom experience at Americas Mart. We are excited to be able to launch Lexie’s full time career and welcome her to our family.

Parrish McBride

Parrish McBride

Administrative Specialist

(762) 224-0680[email protected]

An alumni of Georgia Southern University, Parrish started with Just Got 2 have It in April of 2017 and has been evolving and growing with and through the company since. She is a proud mother to a wonderful baby girl, Doris Ann.

Amanda Cheshier

Amanda Cheshier

Accounting Specialist

(762) 224-0423 [email protected]

Amanda began as a temp at JG in July of 2015 and quickly found her place in the back office entering commission. This was her first job in the gift industry. Prior to this, she worked in the Human Services field, working with children with behavioral and emotional issues.

 

Sales Managers

Jane Harmless Conway

Jane Harmless Conway

VP of Business Development

(913) 530-0585 (913) 262-2362 [email protected]

I have been in the industry since 1980 with Harmless & Assoc, LLC, started by my parents in 1975 and I love everything about it! I am a creature of habit but love the ever-changing trends of our industry.

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Nicole Norton

Nicole Norton

Sales Manager, Mid-Atlantic

(513) 415-1742 [email protected]

Nicole has been in the industry of sales and leadership for 10+ years, and found you can make a living by building new friendships, determination, and having fun along the way! Her passion for sales started when she worked at a local golf course and was a Pro Shop Assistant. She sold golf accessories and beverages and quickly found out that if you love what you are doing, it's not work!

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Nicole Certo

Nicole Certo

Sales Manager, Northeast

(412) 445-5897 [email protected]

Nicole has worked in sales and sales management for over 25 years and she loves it. It all started as a young person when she studied Interior Design as her career of choice. Nicole quickly realized that she had entered into a sales field--she could create an amazing project but would ultimately have to ‘sell’ it to the home or business owner. Her career in sales continued, ultimately gaining experience in retail, B2B, corporate sales training, talent acquisition, and sales leadership.

Nicole is passionate about seeing her customer’s businesses flourish and helping to increase their revenue using a business partner mentality and a consultative approach.

Partnering with her direct reports to help them think bigger and coaching the talent she works with to achieve their personal goals is what motivates her. Hearing the success stories and the excitement in their voice from a successful day is what excites her as a leader.

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Katie Gale

Katie Gale

Sales Manager, Southeast Gift

(205) 504-6826 [email protected]

In September 2009, we were lucky enough to have Katie rejoin our organization as Sales Manager. She is the right hand to Principal Michelle Ruby when it comes to managing the reps and their territories.

Her main focus is making the day-to-day life of the team run smoothly. Whether it be training a new rep on the road or working with customers during the shows Katie always has a smile on her face and a can do attitude. Her enthusiasm is contagious.

A true southerner, Katie will charm you and make you feel as if you’ve been a part of our family for years.

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Marla Boyd

Marla Boyd

Sales Manager, Southeast Glam

(904) 874-5819 [email protected]

Marla is a retail professional, with a career that has spanned over 25 years. Prior to taking the position of Sales Manager, for the Southeast Glam division of Just Got 2 Have It! Marla worked for Stein Mart in a buying capacity for 21 years. Following a successful career with Stein Mart, Marla had the opportunity to work with a startup jewelry company as their National Sales Manager. Marla is an innovative merchant who has had a consistent track record throughout her entire career.

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Kasey Carlile

Kasey Carlile

Sales Manager, West

(949) 524-0598 (702) 920-8565 [email protected]

I have been in the gift and lifestyle industry for over 20 years. I started as a territory rep for RUSS Berrie and Company, which is where I spent the bulk of my career. I was promoted to management in 2 short years, and worked my way up to running the entire West Coast sales force. As a manager at RUSS, we all kept key accounts. I have remained a sales person throughout my entire career. I feel this gives me the ability to always know what the trends are and what is happening in the industry.

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