BSA Icon Set to Retire at End of March

BSA Icon Set to Retire at End of March
(BSA on behalf of Essendant)

It is with mixed emotions that I announce Joe Templet’s retirement from Essendant on March 31,2020. All of us at Essendant will miss Joe’s boundless energy and passion to provide stellar service for our customers. At the same time, we want to wish him much happiness on this new chapter.

It is difficult if not impossible to sum up Joe’s many achievements in 35 years of dedicated service to the company. Joe began his career with Essendant (then United Stationers) in 1985, as Vice President of Sales, Johnson & Stanley, a large writing instrument, art supplies and college
bookstore products company. Joe held various positions over the years with increasing responsibility, culminating at his current role as Senior Vice President of Trade Development. Over the 35 years of his tenure, countless associates turned to Joe as a friend and mentor with Joe’s
insight and passion for the business carrying on through them. Without doubt, Joe has established himself as a “legend in our industry”.

Joe will always be remembered as hardworking, committed, and friendly. Joe is one of the loudest voices of the customer experience at Essendant and over his years of service has gained immeasurable amounts of respect industry wide from customers to manufacturers. I once heard Joe say, “why would I ever retire when I get to spend the time with my best friends every day.” This sums up Joe to a tee as he viewed his customers and our associates as part of his family of friends. Joe is a great example of the values of the company and could be often found connecting people with the City of Hope to help a family member in need. Joe’s passion for The City of Hope would be difficult to rival and as a result he was honored by the organization twice; once as the inaugural inductee into the City of Hope Hall of Fame and again as The Spirit of Life honoree. Over the course of his career Joe has also been very active with Business Solutions Association and
was recognized by this organization in 2018 with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Please join me in wishing Joe, his wife Vicki, and their family, the best in the next adventure of his life. He is someone who will be remembered for years to come as a friend and valued colleague to many.

From Essendant President, Harry Dochelli