We make you look good, and so much more! Since opening our doors in 2006, we’ve carefully developed our own products and searched high and low for solutions that give you and your guests the best possible experience. Whether it’s keeping clean, staying safe, or reducing your environmental impact, we’ve got the products you need combined with service you love. Offering the solutions you need when you need them, you won't find yourself waiting weeks for the supplies you needed yesterday. Plus, our Customer Experience Team is always here to help!
Our home is our playground. We’re located in the Berkshires — a hotbed of culture surrounded by the great outdoors. You can find us in the foothills of the largest state forest in Massachusetts, where we hike, run, bike, and x-country ski on a daily basis. We believe in wowing customers, in getting shit done, in thinking bigger, and in giving back in ways that help maintain, expand, and preserve our amazing forests and ridgelines.
Paul LeBlanc, Founder & OwnerOriginally from Boston, Paul attended Babson College and the University of Economics in Prague. A lifelong entrepreneur, Paul is also on the Board of Directors for the Trustees of Reservations, the nation’s oldest statewide land conservation organization.
Paul is a former member of the U.S. National Cycling Team and was a three-time Junior National Champion and US Record Holder. These days, Paul can often be found hiking in the Berkshires with his lovely wife, Lauren, and trail running with his Rhodesian Ridgeback, S'bu.
Jeff Stripp, VP, Marketing & SalesOriginally from Weston, CT, Jeff attended Williams College where he graduated with a BA in Economics. He is also the VP of the Western MA Chapter of US Lacrosse.
Jeff has been in business development, marketing and sales roles his entire career and brings a great deal of knowledge and customer service expertise to Zogics. When he is not helping customers at Zogics, you can find Jeff on the local athletic fields coaching youth lacrosse. He lives in Williamstown with his wife Linda of Mezze Catering fame and their three kids, Carter, Sarah, and Mason.
Craig Simmons, Operations ManagerCraig has always called Berkshire County, MA home. As Operations Manager, Craig keeps our complex global business running as smooth as silk while overseeing warehouses in Massachusetts, Minnesota, Atlanta, Utah, Canada, and Australia.
Craig loves to perform music and is currently the lead singer of a couple bands. His main gig is Who Are You, a tribute to the Who, which travels throughout the Northeast rocking out to thousands of adoring fans.
Lauren Taft, Digital MerchandisingA Berkshire transplant by way of Providence, RI, Lauren manages Zogics digital merchandising front, namely Amazon.com, while also managing various client accounts. A 2008 graduate of Johnson & Wales University, Lauren holds a BS in Marketing Communications and a PhD in dance parties.
Lauren lives in Lenox, MA with her husband Tyson, and their 2 lazy dogs.
Tamara Gardner, Customer Experience ManagerOriginally from the Berkshires, Tamara is a 2007 graduate of Southern Illinois University with a BS in Workforce Training & Development.
Tamara is excited to contribute her experience in creating positive customer experiences and her passion for helping others to her role at Zogics. When Tamara is not at her desk, you can find her doing yoga, acting in local performances, or enjoying the outdoors.
Katie Kovacs, Graphic DesignerAfter growing up in PA and a brief stint in KY, Katie graduated from DAAP, University of Cincinnati's design program, only to find herself a Berkshire transplant. Katie is a decent graphic designer and an ok mobile phone photographer.
Katie hopes to bring a new level of clarity, excitement, and functionality to Zogics design and marketing. Outside of work, design and photography are ongoing pursuits, as well as music, walking, and daydreaming.
Misti Mitchell, Order Management & Account SpecialistHailing from Eugene, OR, Misti is a veteran of the United States Air Force and served during Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm. A 2010 graduate of Mildred Elley Business School, Misti has lived in and around the Berkshires for over 20 years.
As Lead Order Specialist here at Zogics, Misti oversees all customer orders with the concentrated poise of a Tibetan Monk. In short, she’s the one making sure all orders get where they need to go — without her we’d be up a proverbial creek.
Marin Delic, Warehouse ManagerMarin originally came to the United States from Bosnia. He has since lived in Pittsfield, MA. He graduated from Lenox High School in 2013 and while in attendance, started a wrestling program. He had the fastest pin (8 seconds) in all of Berkshire County.
When Marin isn't working hard at Zogics, he likes to spend his free time exploring the outdoors with his friends, acting, or spending quality time with his family.
Lauren Nitroy, Product Marketing ManagerOriginally from southeastern PA, Lauren brings her love of tedious tasks to her role as our Product Marketing Manager. A 2013 graduate from Susquehanna University, Lauren is responsible for managing the roll-out of new products on our site, constantly improving our efficiency, and anything else we throw at her.
When Lauren isn’t working, you can find her coaching the local high school rugby club, running, biking, or exploring the many outdoor activities the Berkshires offers.
Laura Muhlbeier, Inside Sales SpecialistLaura is a 2008 graduate of The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts with a BS in English Communications. Laura is excited to contribute her sales experience along with her love of the Berkshires to Zogics where she is working as an Online Customer Experience Manager.
When Laura is away from her desk, you can find her having fun at her local CrossFit gym, grabbing a coffee with friends after a hike, or jumping in on any kind of wine or beer tasting.
Justin Evans, Inside Sales SpecialistBorn and raised in Richmond, MA, Justin has always called the Berkshires home. He recently graduated from Saint Michael's College, where he earned a degree in Business Administration. Justin's excellent research skills are applied towards sourcing new sales opportunities.
A lifelong advocate of the outdoors, he is usually found in two places (depending on the season) — boating the Berkshire waters during summer, or skiing the Vermont mountains during winter.
Arsema Abegaz, Data ScientistArsema came to the Berkshires in 2010 by way of Ethiopia. A graduate of Williams College in Williamstown MA, Arsema majored in Economics with a focus on economic development. She brings her love of statistics and problem solving to Zogics as our new Data Scientist!
Outside of her passion for Excel, Arsema also spends her free time volunteering for various community organizations in the Berkshires. She is also an avid BuzzFeed reader and a recent born-again Belieber (don't judge!).
Angessa Hughmanick, Business Development ManagerAngessa is a graduate of The Boston Conservatory where she received her Bachelor of Fine Art in Dance. After performing at well known venues such as; Radio City Music Hall, Lake Placid Olympic Arena, Off-Broadway, PBS, and Jacob's Pillow, she decided to go back to school for an MBA in Entrepreneurship & Finance from The Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University.
Angessa is also a Certified Barre Instructor, a Certified Arthur Murray Ballroom Instructor (Latin & Smooth), a ClubVibe Licensed Instructor, and a Yapana Chair Yoga Certified Instructor. She has received various scholarships and Top Sales Associate Awards throughout her career in Business Development.
As the new Business Development Manager, she is excited to tap into new markets in order to show the world how fantastic Zogics really is!
S'bu, Canine ResourcesS'bu makes sure that the Zogics team provide our customers with the highest quality service. He sits in on all major decisions, including employee raises.
S'bu likes all types of music — and food. He aspires to run the 10 Mile Tough Mudder. You are definitely missing out if you don't follow S'bu's Facebook page.