In the 1960s, while working for Standard Oil’s new plastics division, Ed Sr. had a vision of the future of the premium products industry. With his engineering and marketing experience, he recognized that this new “miracle material” offered unparalleled design options and incentive marketing potential. When Standard Oil relocated their Boston office to Chicago in 1970, Ed and his wife, Ann, chose to stay and fulfill his dream of starting a business. He leased and renovated an old trolley station as the first location for his premium rep company, All Star Premium Products. Dunkin’ Donuts became one of Ed’s first customers, using plastic jugs and coolers in consumer premium programs. Over the years, the company has added services and employees, including Ed and Ann’s three sons: Gary, Brian, and Ed Jr., who continue to lead the company, now housed in a 45,000 square-foot office, warehouse and fulfillment facility. Besides running All Star, Ed Sr. enjoys a good cigar, and spends his time traveling with his wife, golfing and enjoying his seven grandchildren.
Ann Galonek has worked alongside her husband, Ed Sr., since All Star’s beginnings. Starting out as a telephone receptionist and performing administrative tasks, Ann has been All Star’s Office Manager and Payroll Manager, managed Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable, and as the company grew, settled into her current role as Chief Financial Officer. When not working, Ann enjoys spending time with her family on Cape Cod, golfing, knitting, reading and traveling. Her number-one interest is her seven grandchildren.