Blog - Ann Clark at the White House
This week was a whirlwind of excitement for Ann Clark Cookie Cutters! We were invited to the White House as part of their annual "Made in America Showcase" on Monday, July 23rd.
CEO Ben Clark (left) and National Sales Manager John Romano represent Ann Clark at the White House.
The showcase featured manufacturing companies from across the country and their US-made products. Ann Clark Ltd. was selected to represent Vermont. Our company was especially excited to be included because it celebrated a characteristic of the company we take great pride in: the creation of products sourced and made only in the United States.
President Donald Trump and Republican elephant cookies made from our cookie cutters (decorated by LilaLoa for the 2016 campaign).
Ann Clark Ltd. was asked to represent Vermont due to our commitment to making products in the United States. Ben Clark, CEO of Ann Clark Ltd. says, "I believe products should be made in the United States. Our little company has proven that US made products can be profitable." Ben Clark and National Sales Manager, John Romano, spent an exciting day presenting our products to various members of Cabinet, Congress and White House Staff as well as attending the speech by the President of the United States!
Ben Clark and Ben Carson , White House Pastry Chef Carlo Figrella holding our Trump cookie cutter, Ben with Vice President Mike Pence and John.
Ben and John loved the star-studded treatment they experienced with being invited to the White House. Once they passed the Secret Service screening, they were able to explore the first floor of the White House on their own. They saw the famous paintings and sculptures that adorn the White House and that most people only see in photos. John's favorite painting was one of the sixteenth president Abraham Lincoln by George Peter Alexander Healy (1869) in the state dining room.
The Made in America showcase was set up in several different rooms on the first floor of the White House. Right behind the Ann Clark table was a painting of Martha Washington. Further down the wall was a painting of George Washington done by Gilbert Stuart in 1796. George Washington's painting was the only item saved by Dolly Madison in 1812 from the original White House. Ben and John sipped on coffee and tea out of White House china and met Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson as well as the White House Pastry Chef, Chef Figarella. Chef Figarella has been a part of the White House staff for 12 years and said they make thousands of cookies every holiday season: It was exciting to learn that he really loved our cookie cutters!
Ben Clark speaking on Fox and Friends and The Evening Edit on Fox Business.
After the event, Ben was invited to appear on Fox and Friends and The Evening Edit on Fox Business to discuss how it felt to represent Vermont in the showcase and the importance of American made products. Ann Clark Ltd. has worked hard to become the world's leading manufacturer of cookie cutters; and our company was incredibly honored and humbled to be asked to attend the showcase!