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About Bennett Awards

Bennett Awards is a family business that is managed by the husband and wife team of Bob and Alice Bennett. The Bennett family has been in the awards and fine art business for over 40 years. Bennett Awards started as an adjunct operation of the Bennett family’s fine art gallery, Bennett Gallery, but, over the years, has evolved into a standalone business that provides unique, high-quality, handcrafted awards to customers across the globe. Unlike vanilla award companies and trophy shops, Bennett Awards’ fine art heritage can be seen in all of the stunning awards we create.


What Makes Us Different?

Our Fine Art Heritage

We didn’t start off as a traditional trophy shop, but rather a nationally-recognized sculpture studio and network of fine art galleries. This heritage is reflected in the quality, craftsmanship and design of all our awards. Unlike mass-produced plaques and trophies, our sculpture awards are handcrafted by a talented team of artisans. Our unique awards are true works of art that your recipients will proudly display for many years to come.

Our Innovation and Creativity

We offer a level of customization that you won’t find anywhere else. You can choose from our broad inventory of existing recognition awards, or commission a new custom award design that is completely tailored to your unique needs and requirements. These custom awards are a great way to reinforce and enhance your organizational brand or event positioning.

Our Family Orientation

We aren’t a large, impersonal trophy company that manufacturers its awards overseas. Instead, we’re a family-owned business, comprised of a tight-knit team of talented artisans that takes great pride in every award we create. This pride is reflected not only in the quality of the awards we produce, but also in the personal service we provide to all of our clients. We have worked hard to create a family atmosphere in our workplace, and this orientation extends to the way we treat our customers as well.


Meet The Team

The Bennetters!

The Bennetters!


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Bob Bennett
Owner / Manager

Bob manages the day to day operations of Bennett Awards. He feels extremely lucky to be involved in a pursuit that marries art, design, and business, all things he is very passionate about. Bob has been surrounded by art and artists his entire life: his father and uncle were the well-known sculptors Bob (Sr.) and Tom Bennett (aka Bennett Sculpture), and his sister Ashley and cousin Terrie are both respected multi-medium artists. Despite these artistic roots, Bob initially took an alternate route and pursued a career in business. Prior to founding Bennett Awards, he held senior marketing roles with Intel, HP and Accenture, and co-founded/sold a technology start-up. Bob earned a B.A. degree with honors from Stanford University and a M.B.A. degree with distinction from Northwestern University. In his spare time, he enjoys skiing, cycling, hiking, and eclectic music, and is an avid fan of all NorCal pro sports teams. 

  • Favorite Book: A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean
  • Favorite Movie: Into the Wild
  • Favorite Quote: "It's the sides of the mountain which sustain life, not the top. Here's where things grow." - Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Favorite Music: Bob's Spotify Playlist

 


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Alice Bennett
Owner / Manager

Alice works on a variety of strategic initiatives for Bennett Awards, including vendor relationships, strategic partnerships, and new production capabilities. Along with her husband Bob, she has been surrounded by art the last 30+ years, and loves applying this immersion in art to new client award projects. Alice loves developing new, creative award ideas that deliver on the true objective of what her customers are looking for. Prior to starting Bennett Awards, Alice was an art consultant in the Bennett Sculpture chain of art galleries, and, prior to that, worked in advertising for a division of Ogilvy and Mather. Alice graduated from San Diego State University, and still needs to get an occasional “beach fix”. When she is away from the office, she enjoys spending time with her four kids, puttering in her garden with her chickens, boating in the local mountain lakes, and running (she has four marathons under her belt!). Alice’s nickname in high school was “Mom”, and we all think that still applies (in the best way, of course!).

  • Favorite Book: Anything with young kids or senior citizens in it.
  • Favorite Movie: Anything with young kids or senior citizens in it.
  • Favorite Quote: Anything about young kids or senior citizens.

 


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Mollee Johnston
Account Supervisor

Mollee helps manage our client relationships and award projects, including both new custom award designs and awards based on our broad line of existing recognition awards. Mollee grew up in the East Bay of Northern California, and received a B.S. degree from Saint Mary's College of California with a major in Industrial Psychology (a skill that often comes in handy with the cast of characters at Bennett Awards). Throughout college she worked with Nordstom, which helped both fill her closet and fuel her creativity! After college she worked in the advertising industry, and then took a break while she and her husband started a family. Mollee went back to school to receive a degree as a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, and had a Life Coaching business for over two years. As a mom of two girls, she and her husband continually enjoy horseback riding, running, hiking and weekends on their family cattle ranch. One of the things Mollee enjoys best about Bennett Awards is working with clients to turn their award dreams and ideas into reality, and the reaction clients have when the see the finished product. Mollee is also Bennett Awards’ “chief party planner” (so, if you need some ideas for your event in addition to your awards, she’s your gal).

  • Favorite Book: Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
  • Favorite Movie: Pride and Prejudice (Kiera Knightly version)
  • Favorite Quote: "Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference." - Winston Churchil


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Karen McCrea
Account Supervisor

Along with Mollee Johnston, Karen manages our sales activities and clients’ award projects – from initial design conception and selection all the way through final production. After graduating from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a degree in Communications, Karen worked in the advertising industry for ten years.  She then took an "extended break" from the working world and stayed home to take care of her three kids and volunteer for the school and community.  Karen's happy to be back working in a creative field and enjoys brainstorming unique award ideas with the wide variety of clients that Bennett Awards attracts.  Karen's favorite pastimes are watching her kids out on the soccer field or track, and volunteering her time at the local high school.  When she's not watching sports, she's usually up in the Sierras skiing and hiking with her husband Jim, who thinks she is the “greatest” (as do we all).

  • Favorite Book: The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
  • Favorite movie: Shawshank Redemption
  • Favorite quote: “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
  • Favorite Music: Karen's Spotify Playlist

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Jonnie Saich
Operations Manager

Jonnie keeps all the operational aspects of Bennett Awards running smoothly, from initial material procurement all the way though final award shipment. This role takes advantage of her versatility and exceptional organization skills. Jonnie came to Bennett Awards after several years of being a stay-at-home mom for her three boys.  During that time, Jonnie was also involved in a variety of volunteer and work-at-home activities, including serving on a number of different boards, working for an environmental company, and acting as a “team mom extraordinaire” (no, really!) for her sons’ many sports teams. Jonnie’s prior work experience was with a high-tech company, where she worked in their sales, marketing and HR departments.  Jonnie first became familiar with Bennett Awards from the many years that her boys and the Bennett kids went to school and played sports together – Bob was even a coach for her boys when they were young. Jonnie feels very fortunate to have had the opportunity to join the Bennett “family” and spend time with people that are fun and special to be around. In her off time, Jonnie continues to stay busy with her family, mostly in the sports arena as all her boys play sports year-round.


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Ryan Rivas
Designer / Marketing / Sketchbook Snob

Ryan is a design jack-of-all-trades for Bennett Awards, and finds himself involved in both external client design projects, as well as internal design and marketing projects. Fresh out of school in the mid 2000’s, Ryan first cut his teeth in the world of design working alongside an Architect/Developer locally based in Northern California. After several years, and dozens of homes later, he eventually shifted his design focus and moved into the industrial design world. He began designing/building/prototyping/branding small consumer products and furniture for both himself, as well as by contract. Ryan lives for design and technology, and is fascinated by their social implications. He also has an unhealthy addiction to Spotify. Ryan joined the Bennett team in the late summer of 2012, and loves the creative, team-oriented environment that exists at the studio. His position gives him the opportunity to apply, on a daily basis, the words he lives by: “No one ever learned anything new by coloring inside the lines.” -Thomas Vasquez

  • Favorite Book: On the Road  by Jack Kerouac
  • Favorite Movie: The Goonies
  • Favorite Music: Ryan's Spotify Playlist
  • Current sketchbook: Baron Fig


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Martin Tapalla
Designer / Photographer

Born and raised in Sacramento, Martin has always had a love for all things artistic. From design to traditional art, and from film to motion graphics, there is very little that he hasn't tried. Fresh out of San Francisco State University, where he received a B.A in Industrial Arts, Martin found his way into the start-up world in the heart of Downtown San Francisco working as a Graphic Designer working for a up-and-coming company called Sincerely Inc. After two years working in San Francisco, he found his way back to Sacramento working as a Wedding and Portrait Photographer. When Martin isn't at a photoshoot or designing, you'll most likely find him at the theaters watching the latest movie or at home playing video games. 

  • Favorite Movies: Amélie & Battle Royale
  • Favorite Music: Martin's Spotify Playlist
  • Favorite Photographers: Zack Arias and Emily Porter/The Oberports
  • Favorite Clothing Brand: Banana Republic
  • Favorite Game: Counter Strike: Global Offense
  • I'm a Nikon Shooter for the Photographers. Shoot with a 24mm-70mm f/2.8 and a 50mm f/1.4

Carmen Leal
Account Manager / Front Office Manager

When you call Bennett Awards, chances are the friendly voice that you hear on the other end of the line is Carmen. Carmen is the “face” of Bennett Awards, and the first person you see when you enter our office. Carmen enjoys communicating with all of the folks that cross Bennett Awards’ path – from vendors through customers…unless, of course, they are Dodger fans. (Did we mention that Carmen is a die-hard SF Giants fan, and perhaps the only person on earth that still has a Jason Schmidt jersey?). Carmen also helps manage customer award projects, so you may cross paths with her at multiple points of engagement with Bennett Awards. Like many of the other folks at Bennett Awards, Carmen moved to the Sierra Nevada foothills from the San Francisco Bay Area, where she worked for a major water utility. In her time away from work, she enjoys spending time with her family, watching her son play baseball, and exploring the many beautiful areas surrounding her in the foothills. Oh, and cheering for the Giants.


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Perry Tow
Account Manager

Perry is part of our account management team and is happy to be assisting Karen and Mollee with the various aspects of client relationships and project coordination. Perry grew up locally in the SIerra Nevada foothills and has over 20 years experience with customer service and office management.  Prior to Bennett Awards, Perry was the project coordinator and office manager for a national conservation company where he oversaw numerous conservation programs and developed customer database reporting tools and website applications. People and art are two of Perry’s passions, making Bennett Awards a perfect fit for his skill set. Nothing thrills him more than to exceed our customer’s expectations while assisting the team with our design projects. In his spare time, Perry enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife Veronika and two children, Gavin and Kenzie. Perry’s hobbies include woodworking, fixing broken things, fishing with his father and brother, discovering new music, and playing softball with his daughter.

  • Favorite Book: Islandia by Austin Tappen Wright
  • Favorite Quote: “Love is the greatest refreshment in life” – Pablo Picasso
  • Favorite Music: Perry's Spotify Playlist

Josh Johnson
Illustrator / Designer

Josh has always had a passion for creative design and illustration. He grew up locally in Northern California, and began drawing as a young boy, inspired in part by Mark Kistler's TV program "Imagination Station." Josh’s passion for art and design was fueled by a summer internship in Mumbai, India, where he was exposed to the field of Graphic Advertising.  He now finds a great deal of joy in creating art, whether it's done via traditional media or digitally, and feels lucky to work alongside like-minded creatives at Bennett Awards. Josh is currently wrapping up his degree in Graphic Design/Visual Communications. In his spare time, you can find him enjoying the company of friends over a good IPA, cycling, or heading to the Sierras for some fresh air. 

  • Hobbies: Art and design, cycling, snowboarding, Kings basketball, traveling, craft beer, the great outdoors, acoustic guitar.
  •  Favorite Quote: "The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart" - Robert Green Ingersoll
  •  Favorite Book: Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield