Luxury Products Group (LPG) is celebrating the veteran members and vendors of IMARK Group this November. "Now more than ever, we need to thank our veterans for the service and sacrifices they have made to keep our country safe. I am so lucky to have them as part of our community, and to be able to have them as friends,” said LPG Executive Director Jeff MacDowell. “Whether we are in a time of peace, or unrest, we should always take the time out to thank veterans for the choices they have made to keep America the wonderful country that it is. Thank you for serving our country!"
(Pictured in collage) from left to right: Nathan Bryant, Jennie and Ben Wunderlich, Krishna Maddineni, J. Chatham Howard, and Michael Foster.
The Tap of Kansas Plumbing & Irrigation
Nathan Bryant with The Tap of Kansas served in the US Navy for four years, and in the ready reserve for an additional four years. He enlisted at 17 with the support of his parents and was sent to Bootcamp at the ready age of 18. He served the majority of his time at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii and also served aboard the USS CHOSIN and CG65. Read more online.
Jennie and Ben Wunderlich
Owner & Vice President Respectively
Jennie and Ben Wunderlich of PSC Distribution in Iowa City met at the United States Military Academy in 1999 when Jennie was just a plebe (freshman) and Ben was a cow (junior). Yes, they do call them cows at West Point because years ago the first time cadets could leave the academy after entering was their third year, and the “cows could come home.” While at West Point Jennie and Ben got to know each other working as church youth group leaders for the officer and enlisted personnel’s kids on post. Read more online.
PRIER Products Inc.
With a background in quality and mechanical engineering, Krishna always loved the idea of working with a local manufacturing company. He believed many make an impact in the communities in which we live and work. PRIER is a great company that deeply values its employees and it makes a positive impact on the local community. Krishna believes in their mission statement which is why he joined the company five years ago. Read more online.
J. Chatham Howard, Jr. "Chat"
US COAST GUARD
Chat Howard was with the U.S. Coast Guard for eight years, from 1962 to 1970. He served mostly in the reserves, working training and serving the Savannah area with their patrol boats. While on a training cruise on the Coast Guard Cutter Unimack in 1962, he found himself in the middle of the Cuban missile crisis. For 24 hours, all hands were at battle stations and standing watch before being recalled to their home port. Chat started working in the plumbing industry as a counter salesman and delivery driver for Plumrite in Savannah. Read more online.
Michael L. Foster
Director, National Sales
Sioux Chief Mfg. Co.
Michael was born and raised in the Kansas City, Missouri area, and graduated from a Jesuit high school in May 1985. He was not really interested in four more years of school so he chose to serve his country in the military as his first career path. Michael enlisted in the US Army and left for basic training in June of 1985 and would go on to serve in an infantry division as a bridge-builder. In his first tour of duty, Michael was stationed at Anderson Barracks in Dexheim Germany. Read more online.