Jonathon welcomes Hugh Lawson to the podcast. Hugh is the Director of Business Development for Staples Promotional Products, and he’s also the Chief Development Officer of HILCO, The Hugh & Ilene Lawson Charitable Organization. Over the course of Hugh’s career, he has worked for large global organizations and has led strategic teams for new business prospecting, competitive intelligence, future-trends identification, and business enhancement initiatives. In part one, Hugh shares his journey from professional football player to entrepreneur and the secret sauce for identifying future trends.
About Hugh Lawson: Hugh is the Chief Development Officer of HILCO – The Hugh & Ilene Lawson Charitable Organization. Created in honor of his parent’s legacy, HILCO was established with the stated mission of creating expansive, and inclusive educational opportunities for young men and women that do not have the financial resources to pursue their higher educational aspirations.
Hugh is also the Director of Business Development for Staples Promotional Products (SPP), a subsidiary of Staples Inc. with offices in The United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. He currently leads strategic teams for global new business prospecting, competitive intelligence, future-trends identification, and business enhancement initiatives. He is also a Member of SPP’s Senior Leadership team that oversees organizational strategic plans, and growth objectives for the Canadian division.