Past and Present Meet at Bart’s Water Sports

North Webster, Ind.—In 1972, with a love for competition water skiing, Indiana University graduate Bart Culver rented an old farmhouse and began selling Cypress Garden and Maherajah skis. With a promise to ship within 24 hours (a relatively new concept at the time), Culver’s enterprise steadily grew. The booming business moved to a second location in 1976, and then into its current 42,500-square foot distribution facility in 1994. In celebration of its 40th anniversary, Bart’s Water Sports has recreated that original farmhouse, built right into the facility showroom. Visit for more information.

 Real Life Skills Learned At Camp

Toronto—Realizing how camp shaped his character and leadership development, management consultant Jay Gilbert wrote The Cabin Path: Leadership Lessons Learned At Camp, a book that helps camp staff think more consciously about the everyday experiences camp presents, and the leadership lessons associated with them. Gilbert is a seasoned camp veteran who, after 15 consecutive summers at camp, took the skills he learned into the business world.  After two years as a management consultant, Gilbert completed his master’s degree at the Richard Ivey School of Business in Canada. Visit to learn more, or contact Jay Gilbert directly at

 C. Cretors and Company Announces Award Recipient

Chicago—Shelly Olesen, vice president of sales and marketing for C. Cretors and Company, earned the 2012 Bert Nathan Memorial Award recognizing leadership and accomplishment in the theater concessions industry. Founded in 1885, Cretors is a leading designer and manufacturer of food processing and concession equipment. Olesen has worked at Cretors for more than 20 years, beginning as western regional sales manager, rising to senior marketing manager responsible for developing the North American theater market, and finally reaching her current position, in which she directs the company’s overall domestic and international sales and marketing effort.

Complying With ADA Regulations

Cleveland, Ohio—Tomlinson Industries, manufacturer of products for the foodservice industry, offers goods that can help convenience store owners comply with new ADA regulations for access to merchandise:

∙ Cup, lid, napkin, condiment, and ice cream cone dispensers built into cabinets or hung at the appropriate height

∙ Low-profile handle options for faucets used on coffee and tea brewers and beverage dispensers

∙ Tomlinson foodservice equipment can be placed on counters to comply with height and depth requirements.

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