Eight Years at the Top for Competitive Edge and Running

There was an old ABC television program in the late 70s and early 80s that argued, “Eight is Enough.” Mary Jo Tomasini and her crew at Competitive Edge in Stevensville will likely challenge that contention and just keep barreling along at the top of their trade in the world of promotional products. They’ve got eight trophies now from Counselor Magazine, but I can guarantee you they will aim for nine and well beyond.

Competitive Edge, the promotional products company headquartered on Red Arrow Highway in Stevensville, has been named one of Counselor Magazine’s Best Places to Work, ranking #15 out of the top 40 promotional products companies around the country. Tomasini’s team also received the award in 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2011, and 2008.

Whether it’s Summer BBQs, their new “Wheel of Awesomeness”, or half day summer Friday’s, the employees at Competitive Edge truly enjoy going to work. Mary Jo, the CEO, says, “We have 27 team members who work hard every day to deliver best-in-class service to our clients,” adding, “but we also see ourselves as a big family that likes to be goofy every once in a while. We have a wonderful group of team members and the fact that many of them have over 10 years of experience with the company is a testament to the great work we are doing together.”

Counselor Magazine is published by the Advertising Specialty Institute and has over fifty years of experience as the leading voice in the promotional products industry. Every year, three editors are tasked with finding the top companies in the industry where employees love to work. The Best Places to Work survey measures 10 areas:

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  • Team effectiveness
  • Employee loyalty
  • Employee’s understanding of goals
  • Trust of coworkers
  • Individual contribution and recognition by company
  • Manager effectiveness
  • Trust in senior leaders
  • Feeling valued
  • Satisfaction in current role
  • Satisfaction with company benefits

You can read Counselor Magazine’s article about them below:

Counselor Editors also conducted a Facebook Live Interview with the firm and you can watch that by clicking the link below:

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Competitive Edge is a full-service promotional products and premium women-owned company, specializing in branded merchandise as well as web-based company e-stores. Mary Jo and her team have been the recipient of many awards including: “Women Business Enterprise of the Year” Michigan Women’s Business Council (WBENC), “Top 50 Women Owned Businesses in Michigan” by Diversitybiz.com; “Best Bosses” by Promotional Products Association International; and “Greatest Companies to Work For” by PPB Magazine.

Established in 1993, it has grown to become the preferred provider of promotional products and premiums for several blue-chip companies. Competitive Edge is ranked in the top 1-percent of the more than 20,000 distributors nationwide. Competitive Edge has offices in Stevensville and Grand Rapids, MI and Denver, CO.