Who We Are

Six Twenty Six is an award-winning advertising and marketing firm specializing in promotional products that elevate our clients’ brand presence. Under the guidance of Michele Cochran, Six Twenty Six has been an industry-leading promotional marketing distributor since 2005.

Six Twenty Six logo
Six Twenty Six logo

Who We Are

Six Twenty Six is an award-winning advertising and marketing firm specializing in promotional products that elevate our clients’ brand presence. Under the guidance of Michele Cochran, Six Twenty Six has been an industry-leading promotional marketing distributor since 2005.

Our Promise

We Won the 2023 PPAI Pyramid Silver Award

Client Programs – Tradeshow and Exhibits

The PPAI Pyramid Awards represent the pinnacle of achievement and honors the long-standing, collaborative partnerships between the PPAI family of members that differentiate strategic promotional marketing from the buying and selling of products.

The award recognizes promotional products businesses and helps shine the spotlight on the collaborative business model unique to the industry.

2024 PPAI PYRAMID WINNER LOGO

Our Promise

2024 PPAI PYRAMID WINNER LOGO

We Won the 2023 PPAI Pyramid Silver Award

Client Programs – Tradeshow and Exhibits

The PPAI Pyramid Awards represent the pinnacle of achievement and honors the long-standing, collaborative partnerships between the PPAI family of members that differentiate strategic promotional marketing from the buying and selling of products.

The award recognizes promotional products businesses and helps shine the spotlight on the collaborative business model unique to the industry.

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Proud to be WBENC Certified!

The gold standard for women-owned businesses in the U.S

The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) is a leading non-profit organization dedicated to helping women-owned businesses thrive.  We believe diversity promotes innovation, opens doors, and creates partnerships that fuel the economy. That’s why we not only provide the most relied upon certification standard for women-owned businesses, but we also offer the tools to help them succeed.

Certified Women's Business Enterprise badge

Proud to be WBENC Certified!

The gold standard for women-owned businesses in the U.S

The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) is a leading non-profit organization dedicated to helping women-owned businesses thrive.  We believe diversity promotes innovation, opens doors, and creates partnerships that fuel the economy. That’s why we not only provide the most relied upon certification standard for women-owned businesses, but we also offer the tools to help them succeed.

Why Choose Us

Experienced Team

Led by founder and veteran marketer, Michele Cochran, we have one of the best teams in the industry. Together we bring decades of integrated experience to the table, as well as masterful promotional marketing expertise.

Dedicated Account Management

We are distinguished by the strength of our customer relationships. Our company founder, Michele Cochran, vigilantly oversees every Six Twenty Six account, providing personalized service to each client. We keep you informed, paying close attention to your needs and concerns. We are 100% accountable.

Quality Assurance

Our vendors are carefully sourced, with quality assurance practices always a top priority. It is neither ethical nor responsible to promote products of dubious quality and we will not do it. Remember – SOUL and SUBSTANCE! We want happy clients and happy clients need satisfied customers.

Award-Winning Creative

We aim to constantly raise our standard of performance and to exceed our clients’ expectations. And it seems to be working! We’re not sayin’, we’re just sayin’, check out our awards listed below!

Why Choose Us

Experienced Team

Led by founder and veteran marketer, Michele Cochran, we have one of the best teams in the industry. Together we bring decades of integrated experience to the table, as well as masterful promotional marketing expertise.

Dedicated Account Management

We are distinguished by the strength of our customer relationships. Our company founder, Michele Cochran, vigilantly oversees every Six Twenty Six account, providing personalized service to each client. We keep you informed, paying close attention to your needs and concerns. We are 100% accountable.

Quality Assurance

Our vendors are carefully sourced, with quality assurance practices always a top priority. It is neither ethical nor responsible to promote products of dubious quality and we will not do it. Remember – SOUL and SUBSTANCE! We want happy clients and happy clients need satisfied customers.

Award-Winning Creative

We aim to constantly raise our standard of performance and to exceed our clients’ expectations. And it seems to be working! We’re not sayin’, we’re just sayin’, check out our awards listed below!

Meet Michele

Michele Cochran, Owner of Six Twenty Six, LLC., focuses on delivering unparalleled client service; fostering transparency and trust; embracing innovation and welcoming ideas. Michele takes pride in her ingenuity and resourcefulness, creating unique engagement programs for a diverse international clientele at competitive prices. She knows the value of promotional products goes deeper than just the product and that her job is much more than just delivering that product.

A graduate of Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in Public Communications, Michele earned her Master’s in Advertising Specialties from both professional accredited institutions, PPAI, and ASI in 2020. She is also a graduate of the WBEC-WEST Platinum Supplier Program, May 2022, and a Gold Label Tier 2 Supplier Graduate of the Arizona Department of Transportation Business Development Program, October 2022. Michele believes that continuing education is a key factor in her growth plan.

Michele met her husband, Jim, on June 26, 2001, and married him on June 26, 2004. In June 2005, Michele was acquired as an asset by a large Promotional Products Distributor and Six Twenty Six was born. Jim and Michele have a 16-year-old son who intends to serve in our armed forces offering a legacy succession plan for Six Twenty Six, to maintain our diverse business classification by shifting to a Veteran-Owned rather than Woman-Owned, when Michele is ready to retire.

Michele has a storied career in chain-supply that ultimately led to business ownership and financial freedom. She believes in finding what you love to do and making that your career; so even when at work, life feels balanced.

Michelle Cochrane and Six Twenty Six logo
Michelle Cochrane and Six Twenty Six logo

Meet Michele

Owner Michele Cochran has decades of experience and is passionate about elevating her clients’ brand image and corporate messaging.

In 2020, Michele achieved the Master of Advertising Specialties designation from accredited associations: PPAI and ASI. Six Twenty Six was recognized by iPROMOTEu in 2020 as the Inaugural Winner of the Affiliate of the Year Award.

Our clients know that Six Twenty Six is their committed partner, working collaboratively to achieve their sales and marketing goals and brand vision.

Michelle Cochrane with accomplishment badges and video play button

Michele Cochran, MAS, MASI Certified
Founder & Owner

  • 2023 Elite Affiliate with iPROMOTEu
  • 2023 PPAI Pyramid Silver Award – Client Programs – Tradeshow and Exhibits
  • 2022 All Star Distributor Affiliate – Issued by iPROMOTEu · January 2023
  • Supplier Leadership Program Graduate – Issued by Arizona State University – December 2022
  • Gold Label Small Business Development Program Graduate – Issued by Arizona Department of Transportation · October 2022
  • Platinum Supplier Program Graduate – Issued by WBEC-WEST – May 2022
  • 2021 All Star Distributor Affiliate – Issued by iPROMOTEu · January 2022
  • 2020 – Affiliate Appreciation Award, iPROMOTEu
  • 2020, 2019, 2018 – Elite 100, Independent Affiliate Distributor, iPROMOTEu
  • June 2020, Master of Advertising Specialties Certification, Promotional Products Association International
  • June 2020, Master of Advertising Specialty Information Certification, Advertising Specialties Institute
  • 2016, 2014, 2012- Admiral Club Award, Geiger
  • 2013, 2011, 2015 – Commander Club Award, Geiger
  • 2010, 2009, 2006 – Navigator’s Club Award, Geiger
  • 2008, 2007 – Captain’s Club Award, Geiger
  • 2008 – Jewel Award for Largest Single Order, Geiger
  • 2005 – Geiger West Star Performer Award, Geiger
  • 2003 – Up-And-Coming Sales Award, Synergy Promotional Products
  • 1997 – Broker Rep Sales Person of the Year, Kiss My Face Corporation
  • 1996 – Sales Representative of the Year, Midwest Marketing, Inc.
  • 1991 – Beauty “Rookie” Advisor of the Year, Estee Lauder Cosmetics
Michelle Cochrane with accomplishment badges and video play button

Michele Cochran, MAS, MASI Certified
Founder & Owner

  • 2023 Elite Affiliate with iPROMOTEu
  • 2023 PPAI Pyramid Silver Award – Client Programs – Tradeshow and Exhibits
  • 2022 All Star Distributor Affiliate – Issued by iPROMOTEu · January 2023
  • Supplier Leadership Program Graduate – Issued by Arizona State University – December 2022
  • Gold Label Small Business Development Program Graduate – Issued by Arizona Department of Transportation · October 2022
  • Platinum Supplier Program Graduate – Issued by WBEC-WEST – May 2022
  • 2021 All Star Distributor Affiliate – Issued by iPROMOTEu · January 2022
  • 2020 – Affiliate Appreciation Award, iPROMOTEu
  • 2020, 2019, 2018 – Elite 100, Independent Affiliate Distributor, iPROMOTEu
  • June 2020, Master of Advertising Specialties Certification, Promotional Products Association International
  • June 2020, Master of Advertising Specialty Information Certification, Advertising Specialties Institute
  • 2016, 2014, 2012- Admiral Club Award, Geiger
  • 2013, 2011, 2015 – Commander Club Award, Geiger
  • 2010, 2009, 2006 – Navigator’s Club Award, Geiger
  • 2008, 2007 – Captain’s Club Award, Geiger
  • 2008 – Jewel Award for Largest Single Order, Geiger
  • 2005 – Geiger West Star Performer Award, Geiger
  • 2003 – Up-And-Coming Sales Award, Synergy Promotional Products
  • 1997 – Broker Rep Sales Person of the Year, Kiss My Face Corporation
  • 1996 – Sales Representative of the Year, Midwest Marketing, Inc.
  • 1991 – Beauty “Rookie” Advisor of the Year, Estee Lauder Cosmetics

Meet Our Team

Melissa Couch

Melissa Couch
Production & Sales Support
Six Twenty Six LLC

Melissa has had a remarkable 8-year-long journey in the Promotional Products Industry. She has an immense amount of expertise, and her know-how opens so many possibilities. She is constantly trying her best to adapt and learn from her experienced peers in this ever-changing industry. She continuously works hard to stay confident in herself and her capabilities.

In 2015, she started on this journey by packing orders and performing data entry duties. Subsequent to her initial experience, she has developed an extensive wealth of knowledge and is now proficient in managing the whole order process from beginning to end.

She is incredibly skilled at quickly understanding and grasping the intricacies of whatever task she has been asked to undertake and excels at learning and comprehending the details. Additionally, her knowledge in accounting has been a crucial component of her success. She has the ability to think critically and systematically, enabling her to analyze issues effectively – she can be seen as an unstoppable force! Therefore, one does not need Sherlock Holmes when this remarkable woman is in their corner.

Ross Silverstein

Ross Silverstein
Founder
iPROMOTEu

Ross founded iPROMOTEu in 1999. Prior to iPROMOTEu, he worked for RE/MAX on its leadership team and was also the President and co-founder of an affiliated mortgage company. Ross also served as a corporate attorney at a leading Boston law firm where he specialized in financing and acquisitions. He is the recipient of the Distributor Entrepreneur of the Year Award from ASI and Counselor Magazine, is a frequent participant in industry educational programs, and contributes to industry publications. He graduated from Boston College with a BS in Management and later earned an MS in Management from the Sloan School of Management at MIT as well as a law degree from Boston University.

Lori Bauer

Lori Bauer
Chief Executive Officer
iPROMOTEu

Lori serves as the company’s senior executive responsible for increasing sales among iPROMOTEu’s Affiliates and ensuring that the Affiliates have all the resources and support services they need to succeed.

With over 25 years of experience in the promotional products industry, Lori has had a successful career with Koozie Group, formerly BIC Graphic North America. Most recently, she served as Senior Vice President of Sales where she led a team of more than 50 sales professionals. In addition to having received many other industry honors and awards, she was named ASI’s 2019 Supplier Woman of Distinction. Lori currently serves on the PPAI Board in an At-Large Director position.

Jerry Cressman
Chief Financial Officer
iPROMOTEu

Jerry is responsible for leading iPROMOTEu’s finance teams and analyzing the company’s financial position to propose strategic directions that support Affiliate growth. He has worked in corporate accounting and finance for over 30 years, including 25+ years working for large publicly traded companies and five years at a private equity-backed company, Paytronix Systems, Inc., where he served as CFO. Jerry has held several senior financial roles in the payments industry for leaders like Paymentech (acquired by JPMorgan Chase) and Chase Merchant Services. He holds a B.S. in Accounting from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
Joe Hoffmann

Joe Hoffmann
Vice President of Vendor Management
iPROMOTEu

With over 23 years of industry experience, Joe will oversee all aspects of vendor interaction and supply chain for the company.

Most recently he was Regional Vice President of Sales for alphabroder where he was responsible for management of apparel and hard good sales in the company’s Northeast region. Prior to alphabroder, he served in a number of leadership roles in sales, marketing and operations for industry suppliers Prime Resources and Jetline.

Dave Kneram

Dave Kneram
Vice President of Information Technology
iPROMOTEu

Dave is the Vice President of Information Technology and is instrumental in leading the technology team and the development of iPROMOTEu’s innovative  technology platform.

Prior to joining iPROMOTEu, Dave served as Director of Logistics Technology for Cimpress, the parent company of VistaPrint. He was responsible for establishing and leading project management, software engineering, data analytics and delivering logistics software solutions for global fulfillment operations. He also was responsible for aligning logistics optimization opportunities across businesses through software solutions and continuous process improvements achieving annual savings and revenue enhancements over $20M.

Laura High

Laura High
Vice President of Marketing
iPROMOTEu

Laura High, Vice President of Marketing

With more than 20 years of marketing experience in the promotional products industry including Koozie Group, formerly BIC Graphic North America, she leads iPROMOTEu’s marketing team, and overall marketing strategy, to enhance the Affiliate experience with a robust plan to drive sales, including multi-touch digital campaigns and related tools.  She provides oversight and guidance for the execution of a consistent brand strategy that communicates iPROMOTEu’s value proposition for internal and external stakeholders.  Laura has an extensive background in digital and print marketing campaigns, website and eCommerce implementations, public relations, and communications.

Guy Dupuis

Guy Dupuis, MAS
Director of Business Development
iPROMOTEu

Guy Dupuis is an experienced Field Sales Director with a long tenure in the Promotional Products industry.

Guy is skilled in coaching, advertising, sales, business development, and marketing strategy.

A strong sales professional, Guy graduated from the University of St. Thomas (TX) and has been a leader since 1995.

He enjoys nature and travelling with his lovely wife. Guy has two children.

Meet Our Team

Melissa Couch

Melissa Couch
Production & Sales Support
Six Twenty Six LLC

Melissa has had a remarkable 8-year-long journey in the Promotional Products Industry. She has an immense amount of expertise, and her know-how opens so many possibilities. She is constantly trying her best to adapt and learn from her experienced peers in this ever-changing industry. She continuously works hard to stay confident in herself and her capabilities.

In 2015, she started on this journey by packing orders and performing data entry duties. Subsequent to her initial experience, she has developed an extensive wealth of knowledge and is now proficient in managing the whole order process from beginning to end.

She is incredibly skilled at quickly understanding and grasping the intricacies of whatever task she has been asked to undertake and excels at learning and comprehending the details. Additionally, her knowledge in accounting has been a crucial component of her success. She has the ability to think critically and systematically, enabling her to analyze issues effectively – she can be seen as an unstoppable force! Therefore, one does not need Sherlock Holmes when this remarkable woman is in their corner.

Ross Silverstein

Ross Silverstein
Founder
iPROMOTEu

Ross founded iPROMOTEu in 1999. Prior to iPROMOTEu, he worked for RE/MAX on its leadership team and was also the President and co-founder of an affiliated mortgage company. Ross also served as a corporate attorney at a leading Boston law firm where he specialized in financing and acquisitions. He is the recipient of the Distributor Entrepreneur of the Year Award from ASI and Counselor Magazine, is a frequent participant in industry educational programs, and contributes to industry publications. He graduated from Boston College with a BS in Management and later earned an MS in Management from the Sloan School of Management at MIT as well as a law degree from Boston University.

Lori Bauer

Lori Bauer
Chief Executive Officer
iPROMOTEu

Lori serves as the company’s senior executive responsible for increasing sales among iPROMOTEu’s Affiliates and ensuring that the Affiliates have all the resources and support services they need to succeed.

With over 25 years of experience in the promotional products industry, Lori has had a successful career with Koozie Group, formerly BIC Graphic North America. Most recently, she served as Senior Vice President of Sales where she led a team of more than 50 sales professionals. In addition to having received many other industry honors and awards, she was named ASI’s 2019 Supplier Woman of Distinction. Lori currently serves on the PPAI Board in an At-Large Director position.

Jerry Cressman
Chief Financial Officer
iPROMOTEu

Jerry is responsible for leading iPROMOTEu’s finance teams and analyzing the company’s financial position to propose strategic directions that support Affiliate growth. He has worked in corporate accounting and finance for over 30 years, including 25+ years working for large publicly traded companies and five years at a private equity-backed company, Paytronix Systems, Inc., where he served as CFO. Jerry has held several senior financial roles in the payments industry for leaders like Paymentech (acquired by JPMorgan Chase) and Chase Merchant Services. He holds a B.S. in Accounting from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
Joe Hoffmann

Joe Hoffmann
Vice President of Vendor Management
iPROMOTEu

With over 23 years of industry experience, Joe will oversee all aspects of vendor interaction and supply chain for the company.

Most recently he was Regional Vice President of Sales for alphabroder where he was responsible for management of apparel and hard good sales in the company’s Northeast region. Prior to alphabroder, he served in a number of leadership roles in sales, marketing and operations for industry suppliers Prime Resources and Jetline.

Dave Kneram

Dave Kneram
Vice President of Information Technology
iPROMOTEu

Dave is the Vice President of Information Technology and is instrumental in leading the technology team and the development of iPROMOTEu’s innovative  technology platform.

Prior to joining iPROMOTEu, Dave served as Director of Logistics Technology for Cimpress, the parent company of VistaPrint. He was responsible for establishing and leading project management, software engineering, data analytics and delivering logistics software solutions for global fulfillment operations. He also was responsible for aligning logistics optimization opportunities across businesses through software solutions and continuous process improvements achieving annual savings and revenue enhancements over $20M.

Laura High

Laura High
Vice President of Marketing
iPROMOTEu

Laura High, Vice President of Marketing

With more than 20 years of marketing experience in the promotional products industry including Koozie Group, formerly BIC Graphic North America, she leads iPROMOTEu’s marketing team, and overall marketing strategy, to enhance the Affiliate experience with a robust plan to drive sales, including multi-touch digital campaigns and related tools.  She provides oversight and guidance for the execution of a consistent brand strategy that communicates iPROMOTEu’s value proposition for internal and external stakeholders.  Laura has an extensive background in digital and print marketing campaigns, website and eCommerce implementations, public relations, and communications.

Guy Dupuis

Guy Dupuis, MAS
Director of Business Development
iPROMOTEu

Guy Dupuis is an experienced Field Sales Director with a long tenure in the Promotional Products industry.

Guy is skilled in coaching, advertising, sales, business development, and marketing strategy.

A strong sales professional, Guy graduated from the University of St. Thomas (TX) and has been a leader since 1995.

He enjoys nature and travelling with his lovely wife. Guy has two children.

iPROMOTEu

  • 2023 Elite Affiliate with iPROMOTEu
  • 2023 PPAI Pyramid Silver Award – Client Programs – Tradeshow and Exhibits
  • ASI Top 15 Distributor – Counselor Magazine – 2017 through 2023
  • Inc 5000 Business Honoree for 2011-2017 – see our profile at: https://www.inc.com/profile/ipromoteu
  • Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year – 2014, 2015
  • Inc 5000 Entrepreneur of the Year – Ross Silverstein – 2014 Finalist
  • Advertising Specialty Institute Best Places to Work
  • Promo Magazine Top 50 Distributor – Since 2008
  • ASI Power 50 – Ross Silverstein – Since 2008
  • Print Excellence and Knowledge – 2018 Creative Marketing Gold Peak Award
  • PSDA PEAK Award – 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017
  • 2-time Promotional Products Association International Image Award Winner
  • 30+ Promotional Products Association International Pyramid Award Winners – Since 2008
  • 2011 ASI Spirit Award for Creative Marketing
Badge of Independent Affiliate by ipromoteu and Elite 100 ipromoteu

iPROMOTEu

  • 2023 Elite Affiliate with iPROMOTEu
  • 2023 PPAI Pyramid Silver Award – Client Programs – Tradeshow and Exhibits
  • ASI Top 15 Distributor – Counselor Magazine – 2017 through 2023
  • Inc 5000 Business Honoree for 2011-2017 – see our profile at: https://www.inc.com/profile/ipromoteu
  • Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year – 2014, 2015
  • Inc 5000 Entrepreneur of the Year – Ross Silverstein – 2014 Finalist
  • Advertising Specialty Institute Best Places to Work
  • Promo Magazine Top 50 Distributor – Since 2008
  • ASI Power 50 – Ross Silverstein – Since 2008
  • Print Excellence and Knowledge – 2018 Creative Marketing Gold Peak Award
  • PSDA PEAK Award – 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017
  • 2-time Promotional Products Association International Image Award Winner
  • 30+ Promotional Products Association International Pyramid Award Winners – Since 2008
  • 2011 ASI Spirit Award for Creative Marketing
Badge of Independent Affiliate by ipromoteu and Elite 100 ipromoteu