Connie Knutson has had a long career in the Promotional Products Industry. Her first 29 years were spent with Advertising Unlimited/Norwood in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota. While there, she held many different positions such as order entry, personal secretary to the VP of Marketing, started the very first customer service department for the company, account executive, Sales Service Manager and finally as Director of Sales Service and Customer Service. In 2003, Connie left Norwood and became one of eleven partners that started Beacon Promotions in New Ulm, Minnesota. Connie was with Beacon from 2003 to November of 2010. Connie spent her entire career at Beacon working in sales and customer service. Connie was very active in the promotional products industry throughout her career. She served two terms on the PPAI Education Committee, two terms on the PPAI Advertising and Public Relations Committee, served as secretary and Vice President of the Young Executives of Specialty Advertising and was awarded the YESAA (Young Executive of the Year Award) for her contributions to the organization and to the industry. Connie not only was awarded the MAS designation, she served as Secretary, VP and President of the CAS/MAS Alumni Association. She was also a founding board member of the National Education Foundation. She served as secretary, VP and President of this group. She also was awarded the “Friend of the Foundation” award for her contributions to the Foundation. Connie also served as a facilitator for over ten years in the PPAI Industry. She was awarded the Veteran Facilitator award. In 1999, Connie received the Women of Distinction Award from the Advertising Specialty Institute. Connie retired from her promotional products career in 2010 and after a month found she hated retirement. She then did a few short stints in interior decorating, telecommunications and helped to introduce some brand new products into the promotional products industry. After that company closed she again found herself retired and still hated it. Convinced by a friend to give real estate a try, she obtained her license in 2017 and did a few months of working with rental properties in St. Cloud. She is now very excited to be joining the Castle family. Connie has spent her entire life living in south central Minnesota, in the Sleepy Eye area. Connie is very active in the St. Paul Lutheran Church, serving as church council member, choir member, small group facilitator, missionary sponsorship committee member, Heritage Foundation council member and 1st grade Sunday school teacher, confirmation teacher and confirmation mentor. She is also a reader and communion helper. She is also a member of Zonta International.