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About us | The Pin People

Making high quality custom lapel pins since the 1988 Winter Olympic Games in Calgary

 

 

Our Story

The Pin People trace their beginnings back to founder Laurie Artiss, a sports editor, entrepreneur, and curling enthusiast.

Frustrated by the shortage of decent lapel pins available for curling clubs and bonspiels, Laurie decided to take matters into his own hands and before long had sourced out a facility that could produce high quality inexpensive pins, and The Pin People was born.

Since 1976 The Pin People have specialized in pin making. The vision of Laurie Artiss soared to Olympic heights in 1988 when he was able to convince the Canadian Olympic Association to let his team of dedicated artists design and produce the pins for the 1988 Winter Olympic Games.

Since then, The Pin People have provided official pins for the Olympic Games (including the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver)  PanAmerican Games, and Canada Games, Invictus Games and also custom lapel pins for sports teams, curling clubs and events, businesses, Lions Clubs, cities and towns, and even weddings! Along the way they’ve made countless friends and created pins worn on lapels around the world.

Meet the Team

Administration, Designers and Marketing
 
Jan Betker

Jan Betker

Administration

Been here for 23 years!

  • Main Duties: accounting & quoting
  • Favourite Event: when people pay on time
  • Activities: cooking  and travelling
  • Fun Fact: Olympic gold medalist | Nagano 1998 – Curling
  • Favourite Food or Drink: Indian food & beer and clam
Lewis Taman

Lewis Taman

Sales & Shipping

Just a year so far!

  • Main Duties: shipping & sales
  • Favourite Event: Jeux du Canada Games
  • Activities: video gaming
  • Fun Fact: loves brain teasers
  • Favourite Food or Drink: cabbage rolls & spiced rum and root beer
Delores

Delores

Administration

An impressive 19 years!

  • Main Duties: reception and data entry
  • Favourite Event: all curling events
  • Activities: walking her dog Max and gardening
  • Fun Fact: biggest Roughrider fan in town
  • Favorite Food or Drink: light beer & nachos
Frances Taman

Frances Taman

Graphic Designer

Has it been 3 years?

  • Main Duties: Graphic/Pin Designer
  • Favourite Event: Arctic Winter Games
  • Activities: Reading and gourmet food
  • Fun Fact: Harry Potter buff
  • Favourite Food or Drink: chocolate ice cream & tea
Jennifer Shupe

Jennifer Shupe

Graphic Desiner

Jen: 21 years
  • Main Duties: graphic/pin designer
  • Favourite Event: Olympic Games
  • Activities: Loves playing board games and cards
  • Fun Fact: mother of twins
  • Favourite Food or Drink: shellfish & caramel apple martini
Kelly Folk

Kelly Folk

Vice President & Senior Graphic Designer

Kelly: 26
  • Main Duties: watching the bottom line
  • Favourite Event: staff party
  • Activities: cooking & making lists
  • Fun Fact: loves fun facts
  • Favourite Food or Drink: Greek salad & diet soda
Barry Taman

Barry Taman

Vice President and General Sales Manager

Barry: 13 years
  • Main Duties: sales
  • Favourite Event: Lions conventions
  • Activities: watching sports in his man-cave
  • Fun Fact: cat magnet
  • Favourite Food & Drink: hamburgers & Caesars