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Meet Hero's Heroes!

by Hero Arts June 24, 2019 12 Comments

Today we are excited to introduce you to another member of the Hero Arts family. In this feature we show you the people behind the scenes who work hard to bring you quality products and inspiration. We call them Hero's Heroes because they are how we do what we do! 

Let's get to know Joan Mills!

What you do for Hero Arts and how long you have been here?
I am the Director of Sales. My area of focus is Wholesale - trade shows, independent, international and education customers. I have worked for Hero Arts for a little more than two years but indirectly for a long time. In my former life, I was the principal of Millsrepco, a sales rep group that covered the West coast and represented many companies in the craft industry - Hero being one of them. I am very passionate about my work and love being part of the Hero family.

What are three words to describe Hero Arts?
Caring, inclusive and encouraging.


Where are you from originally? Family info? Hobbies?
I’m from the South, so make killer ribs. Cooking is one of my hobbies. I go back to South Carolina a couple of times every year to visit my family. I love the South except for the humidity and bugs. But California is my home. I love the water and think the most peaceful place on earth is on a boat, in the middle of a lake, at dusk. I am married and have 1 kitty - Aiko.


How did you get into this industry?
My background and education is in Retail sales - fashion and gifts. School, jobs and life took me to Upstate New York, Manhattan then San Francisco, where I got a job working for a company that developed retail concepts. We opened Stampateria - the first rubber stamp store in Northern California. Most people who saw the sign assumed we sold postage stamps! The rest is history...

Thank you, Joan, for helping us to get to know you better. We are grateful that you are part of the Hero Arts family!





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12 Responses

Veronica Fairbrother
Veronica Fairbrother

November 21, 2019

I met Joan several years ago while I was teaching card making classes at a local independent craft store. She collaborated with the teachers to set up free demos to feature product, techniques and the teachers. Hero Arts was one of our favorite companies! Congratulations to you Hero Arts. You can’t go wrong with Joan Mills on your team.

Virginia Weston
Virginia Weston

July 18, 2019

Hey, Joan, Greetings from home! We appreciate so much about Hero Arts and no doubt you are bringing good things to the party there. Thanks for your contribution to making our stamping days happier! Uh, how about some ribs??? VW in Murrells Inlet!

Victoria Reeve
Victoria Reeve

July 11, 2019

I have worked with Joan for a few years now and she is wonderful! Thanks Joan for all you do!

Elayne Catey
Elayne Catey

July 10, 2019

Joan has been a big part of our industry for a long time – a super lady!

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Sharon Fitzgerald Fitzgerald Fitzgerald

July 10, 2019

We love you, Joan! Miss having you as our rep, but we know you are really a hero in your new life!

Sharon Gulliksons
Sharon Gulliksons

June 29, 2019

I live in southern California, but might remember Stamperia—maybe we had one down here. It was nice to read about your career, etc. I really like these blog posts that focus on the behind the scenes people :)

Karen L K
Karen L K

June 25, 2019

Thanks for sharing a little about yourself! I always enjoy learning more about the folks at Hero Arts.

Henriétte
Henriétte

June 25, 2019

Awesome story, thank you so much that you wanted to share this with us.

Josmary
Josmary

June 24, 2019

Great story. Just have being funny to see people come in to the store all the time to buy postal stamps.

Cindy C.
Cindy C.

June 24, 2019

Nice to meet you Joan!

Karthikha Uday
Karthikha Uday

June 24, 2019

Great to know you Joan :)

Cheri Johnston
Cheri Johnston

June 24, 2019

Love that you give us a picture of what makes H.A. a hero!!!!