Quick Look at our Team

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Chip Forbes

Chip and his wife Sharon have three sons (hence the company logo featuring three stars), and an energetic bunch of Labrador retrievers. Chip started C. Forbes, Inc. in 1998, after working in the industry for just over 15 years. A graduate of Virginia Tech, his enthusiasm for the outdoors often finds him fishing, hunting, and spending time on his tractor.

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On board since Day One, Sharon’s contributions include customer service, warehouse fulfillment, on-site trade shows, and Human Resources. She even contributed one of the employees!

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Beginning in 2000, Carol has been responsible for inside sales and customer service. From inception to completion of any given project, Carol is the point person for customer inquiries and supplier contacts.

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Susan has worn many hats since 2002, from warehouse fulfillment to IT point person. Her primary focus is on customer sales support for the broad spectrum of achievement, merit and retirement awards produced by C. Forbes.

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Upon graduation from VCU in 2006 with a degree in Mass Communication, Kris assumed key responsibilities for fulfillment operations: product selection for online merchandise programs; management of inventory; and multi-faceted projects for government agencies and PACs. His spare time activities include the role of “Cheer Dad” for two very motivated and active daughters.

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As our CPA, Cindy brings the expertise needed to keep the books checked and balanced. Frequent visits back to her native New York balance Cindy’s love of German delicacies with the affection for her adopted Virginia home.

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Sam is the middle son of Chip and Sharon Forbes. A graduate of Hampden-Sydney College, Sam balances several roles within the company. He provides in-house photography of our product and packaging creations. Sam is also a member of the C. Forbes Creative Services team, a full-service creative and web development firm within C. Forbes, Inc.

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Alec is also a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College. He works alongside Kris and Sam to keep the warehouse functioning efficiently. Alec’s attention to detail and oversight of the websites for our online stores is integral to the positive customer experience we strive to provide.

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An award-winning artist, Mark has been our Creative Director since 2006. After earning a BFA and MFA in painting, he worked for over two decades in various design services capacities throughout the country before finding his dream job with C. Forbes, Inc. Mark now lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest city of Seattle, Washington, with his wife and inspiration Angela, and their extremely naughty dog, Millie.

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Jason is an artist and designer in our Design Services department. Time spent in the U.S. Army Reserves makes him our company’s only veteran. Jason and his wife Candace have two children, Caedmon and Evelyn, and reside in “Sweet Home” Alabama. His background skills in painting and drawing provide a personal touch to our portfolio of diverse project designs. Jason is also a member of the C. Forbes Creative Services team, a full-service creative and web development firm within C. Forbes, Inc.

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Joining our team in July 2018, Doug leads our Digital Communications and Marketing initiatives. The University of North Alabama grad is originally from the famed Muscle Shoals, AL with a music industry background. More recent content marketing roles in aerospace and the non-profit space make him a timely addition to the team. Doug is also a member of the C. Forbes Creative Services team, a full-service creative and web development firm within C. Forbes, Inc.


Oh heck, who are we kidding? You know the other two “stars” have been involved along the way. Manual labor in the form of pulling, packing, and shipping have kept them busy for many hours in the warehouse fulfillment center.

Today, C. Forbes, Inc. supports special events that touch lives with gifts that carry on the values created by this great nation. It is an honor to continue this tradition by turning creativity and service into custom collectibles that commemorate events that our country will always remember.