STU GRANICK was born August 7, 1935 in Chicago Illinois. He began his career as an accountant and later went on to start a company called HIP Products with several of his friends. HIP Products brought unique, fun and creative products to the youth market in the late 60’s and early 70’s. HIP Products had highly popular and successful retail stores and became so big that they eventually sold to a large retail group.
Stu’s passion for the sale continued at MANTEK, a chemical company in Texas. As he crafted his art of selling and became the sales manager in the Midwest territory he used promotional products with every pitch. So, when the opportunity arose to sell promotions he took the courageous leap in 1979 and started Creative Promotions and cleared his business with his mentor and dear friend. It was always said that, “Stu could sell ice to an Eskimo”!
Stu was driven to become the best at everything he did and selling promotions was no different. Once he became a grandfather, he wanted his grandchildren to understand who he was and what was important to him. So, Stu started a monthly Contact, as he called it, which was a compilation of quotes, words of wisdom, and thoughts that he wrote for the grandchildren. As they were too young at the beginning to read and understand, he started sending the Contact to his children and family. Then he started sending them to his friends, customers and acquaintances that he thought he could help. Every Contact was personally signed and mailed every month until he couldn’t write any longer.
Stu passed away in October 2013. So, in his honor and as a way of continuing Stu’s passion for paying it forward and helping others, this section will share all of Stu’s wisdom and words of advice. Come back as often as you like. Share and use his words and thoughts, as that is what Stu would have wanted most. Enjoy!
"Dear Friend, Thanks to my daughter Debbie, the following story will make you think how lucky you are and to never forget “how to make music.” “On November 18, 1995, Itzhak Perlman, the violinist, came on stage to give a concert at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City. If you have […]"Read Stu’s words on this
Expand Your Boundaries
"Dear Friend, Any problem can be solved by expanding the boundaries that contain it. You should develop attitudes that help you see that everything is possible. Solutions that lie beyond your frame of reference will be available to you if you believe they will come. The doors that bar us from fulfilling our dreams are […]"Read Stu’s words on this
Make It A Habit
"Dear Friend, Our habits define our lives. They become our emotional responses and automatic reflexes which are just like the blinking of our eye. There is one important difference however; we can change our habits. Likes and dislikes, attitudes and idiosyncrasies, and the varied scale of emotional responses are reflexes that operate like bodily functions. […]"Read Stu’s words on this
Be Like Bob
"My father-in-law, Stu Granick, founded our company many years ago. In his spare time Stu would send out a monthly letter to his friends, family and colleagues. These letters usually told an interesting story with an inspirational message. Stu called his letters: Contact and over the course of a few decades sent hundreds if not […]"Read Stu’s words on this
We’re Counting On You
"Dear Friend, See how many of the following you can answer or remember. -Name the five wealthiest people in the world -Name the last five Heisman trophy winners -Name the last five winners in the Miss America contest -Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize -Name the last six Academy Award […]"Read Stu’s words on this
Where Is There?
"Dear Rick, There…. Is for most of us, the place we dream about. The place where everything is perfect and everything you wish for comes true, like money, great love, security, caring friends, children you can be proud of, accomplishment beyond your wildest dreams. That is what getting there is all about. Like, if only […]"Read Stu’s words on this
The Last Mile
"Dear Rick, Most people think of “The last mile” as that time when a person is running the last part of a race and almost runs out of fuel to finish. It’s the time when the muscles ache, the shortness of breath begins, and sweat builds to heavy beads all over your body. You either […]"Read Stu’s words on this
OLD VALUES WE SHOULD CARRY WITH US TO THE NEW CENTURY
"Dear Friend One of my heroes for all time is Vince Lombardi. He was true to himself and his beliefs that every man should strive to be the best he can be. His beliefs are universal and should never change. His inspired words should be in our minds and our hearts, as we look at […]"Read Stu’s words on this
"Dear Friend, Thanks to my daughter Debbie, the following story will make you think how lucky you are and to never forget “How to make music”. “On November 18, 1995, Itzhak Perlman, the violinist, came on stage to give a concert at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City. If you have […]"Read Stu’s words on this
On Our Way To 2017
"Dear Friend Life’s a journey to another place, no one I know has told me about where it is or how we get there, but I know we will all find it some day; the secret is making our journey a journey of joy and happiness. The following are some good thoughts and suggestions to […]"Read Stu’s words on thisMore This Way