Things Remembered

Things Remembered is an American omni-channel retailer with hundreds of retail locations throughout the United States. Their stores specialize in personalized gifts and engraving. Things Remembered was founded as "Can Do" in 1967 as a subsidiary of Cole National Corporation by Joseph Edmund Cole. At the time Cole National consisted of Cole Vision, DBA Sears Optical, Montgomery Ward Vision, Cole Key Company, several other subsidiaries. Cole National was taken private in 1984 by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts; the Cole family reclaimed the company in 1987 through a leveraged buyout. The company prospered through much of the 80s. Sales began to slump and in 1990 Cole National unloaded unprofitable business units leaving Cole Key, Cole Vision and Things Remembered; the company went public in 1994 to reduce the persistent debt from the leveraged buyout. In 1998 the key business was shuttered while Things Remembered and its 800+ stores failed to meet sales goals. Restructuring and an image change were necessary.

Cole National brought in a CRM agency which revealed the store was seen as a "brass and glass" gift shop that offered some engraving. In reaction, the company focused on this removing all non-personalized gifts and the motto was changed from Great Unexpected Gifts" to "The Place for Personalized Gifts." Research showed their typical patrons were women who viewed themselves as unique gift givers. This moved the company to make stores less masculine. Store associates took the title "Gift Advisers" with the premise that interactions with customers were conversations between two friends coming up with a gift idea. Things Remembered released its first catalog during this time. There were three versions: General Gift and Business focused; the combined strategies paid off instantly allowing the company to meet sales projections in 1999 for the first time in years. CNC which now owned Pearl vision had become the target of parent company of LensCrafters; the sale went through in 2004 and Things Remembered was spun off in 2006 to investment firms Bruckmann Rosser Sherrill & Co. and GB Merchant Partners for $200 Million.

The chain was sold again in 2012 to Chicago-based private equity Firm Madison Dearborn Partners for $295 Million which backs fellow mall retailer Yankee Candle. In 2014 Michael Anthony, CEO since the Luxottica spin off stepped down with former Talbots and Express executive Lisa Gavales taking the helm. In June 2017, Lisa Gavales resigned and Things Remembered appointed a new president. On March 8, 2019 Enesco, LLC, a global leader in the giftware, home décor, accessories industries acquired Things Remembered, Inc. the North American leading omnichannel retailer of personalized gifts and merchandise. Things Remembered continues to operate more than 170 retail locations, as well as its online, direct mail, B2B retail businesses, all under its brand name. On November 22, 2019, Enesco announced its CEO Todd Mavis would become CEO of Things Remembered

Prasanta Karmakar

2014 Incheon Asian Games 2 Bronze medals Prasana Karmakar is an Indian Para swimmer. He was born in West Bengal. 2016 RIO Paralympic games Swimming team coach. PRASANTA KARMAKAR Arjuna Awardee, Major Dhyan Chand Sports Awardee, Bhim Awardee, Kolkata Shree Awardee, State Role Model Awardee, Super Idol Awardee, Positive Health Hero Awardee, Achiever Awardee, Limca Book Record Holder, Swimmer of the year Award 2010, 2011, 2014. 2003, Karmakar became the first disabled swimmer to represent India and win a medal at the World Swimming Championships in Argentina. Since he has won over a dozen medals at the World events, he was the most decorated Indian swimmer at the 2009 IWAS World Games held in Bangalore winning 4 Gold, 2 Silver and 1 Bronze medal. At the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, he won a bronze medal, India’s first medal in aquatics at the Commonwealth Games. In the 2010 Asian Para Games in Guangzhou in China, he won a silver medal at 50m Freestyle and a bronze medals in the 200m Individual Medley.

Prasanta won a bronze in the 50m Backstroke in the S9 category at the 2010 International German Swimming Championships for Athletes with a Disability in Berlin, Germany. Prasanta Karmakar won 2 bronze medal in 2014 Incheon Asian Para games in 100 meter Breast stroke and 4 x 100meter freestyle relay, he is the Paralympic swimming Asian record holder in 50m Butterfly, 50m Breaststroke and 50m Backstroke and is the Paralympic National Record holder in four events – 50m Freestyle, 100m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke and 200m Individual Medley. Having achieved success at the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games, he is now training hard to win medals for the nation at Paralympic Games, London, 2012 Prasanta Karmakar is coached by Pradeep Kumar in Bangalore, his total achievement and Awards is Personal Achievements: National champion for last 16 consecutive years, Only Indian Commonwealth Games medalist 2010 2006, 2010 and 2014 Asian Games medalist, Only Indian Athlete world games 7 medalist 2009, Only Indian swimmer made 3 Asian records 2010, Only Indian world swimming championship medalist 2003, International swimmer for over 13 years representing India and winning 37 medals, Only swimmer in India win medal in Asian cycling championship 2013.

First Coach in Indian paralympic swimming team at Paralympic games 2016. Prasanta Karmakar get married with India's most decorated Kabaddi player Payel Chowdhury February 2015. Prasanta Karmakar and his wife Payel Chowdhury Karmakar wanted to fulfill their dreams to make sports academy; some of the awards conferred to me: Arjuna Award 2011, Major Dhyan Chand Sports Award 2015, Bhiem Award 2014, Kolkata Shree Award 2010, Role Model Award 2005, Super Idol Award 2011, Positive Health Hero Award 2012, Swimmer of the year Award 2009, 2011 Achiever Award 2015. He was supported by GoSports Foundation, a sports non profit organisation that aims to promote sporting excellence in India. Category. Prasanta Karmakar opted out of the Paralympics in London to make way for young Sharath Gayakwad. Prasanta’s Home Page