Here at our headquarters in Rutland, Vermont, everyone plays a vital role in getting our high-quality cookie cutters out the door and into your hands! Our team manages everything in-house, from manufacturing processes to developing custom cookie cutters, and works hard to bring our products to stores around the globe.
In 1989 artist Ann Clark had an idea and a dream. After years of creating small handcrafted toys, dollhouses, and ornaments for sale throughout New England she designed a pig-shaped cookie cutter and launched a new business in her garage. Armed with a small amount of cash and unbridled enthusiasm Ann tackled her first trade show and sold out her limited inventory of cookie cutters. Ann Clark, the company, was born.
Ann’s artistic flair and love for baking has created an extensive product line of handmade cookie cutters for the gift and kitchenware industries that sell throughout the United States and in many parts of the world. Ann Clark Cookie Cutter “The Cookie Cutter People from Vermont,” is now the largest manufacturer of cookie cutters in America.
Ann graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in art. She and her husband, John, picked Vermont as their home and soon found a scenic site in the foothills of the Green Mountains to raise a family. Beyond her art, Ann also enjoys traveling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and spending time with her grandchildren. She’s active in the local garden club and volunteers at the Rutland City Free Library.
Ann’s favorite cookie cutter is Mountain Bear, although the piggy cookie cutter continues to hold a special place in her heart.
Ben, our fearless leader, is likely the most zealous whiteboard user you'll ever meet. He doesn't use them just for stick figure drawings or snarky comments: he pushes innovation and continuous improvement, with the boards as his aides. Anyone who is invited to a whiteboard discussion knows that Ben means business.
Ben was raised in Rutland, Vermont, and graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Vermont. He later completed a Master's in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His career included employment with Black & Decker in new product development and purchasing, as well as the die casting industry. In 1998, he and his wife moved to Vermont so he could join the family business. Since becoming CEO of Ann Clark Cookie Cutters, Ben has been an avid proponent of lean manufacturing, which is a method of reducing waste without sacrificing productivity.
Ben's laugh can be heard from several rooms away, and he loves comedy. He also loves skiing, hunting, hiking, and paddle boarding. He currently serves on the board of Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center, whose primary mission is to strengthen and empower Vermont manufacturers. He and his wife Denise have two daughters, Margaret and Becca, and the family dog is a chocolate Labrador named Molly.
His favorite cookie cutter is the Watering Can.
What Drives Ann Clark Cookie Cutters?
CEO Ben Clark discusses what drives the company, its vision and its managing philosophies.
Kevin originally approached Ann Clark Ltd. in 2009 on a sales call. However, there was a misunderstanding when he arrived, leading Ben to believe that Kevin was interviewing for the CFO position. Once they realized what had happened, Ben graciously turned down the sale- but since he'd learned about Kevin's finance background during their conversation, he asked Kevin if he'd consider being the CFO. Kevin agreed and has held the position since, overseeing financial management, human resources, and purchasing. He has enjoyed the challenge of growing the business and seeing many of the company's ambitious goals become a reality.
Prior to Ann Clark, Kevin was born and raised in Seattle and graduated from the University of Washington with an Accounting degree. He later completed an MBA at Eastern Washington University, where he was also a faculty member. Following his studies, he became a CPA and pursued accounting with Deloitte & Touche, but switched gears to go into publishing. He worked in Vermont and then Missouri; however, his family missed Vermont, so they returned.
In his spare time, Kevin volunteers at his church; travels around the country seeking sunshine and visiting family; hikes and bikes throughout Vermont; reads history and biographies, and builds fires to keep his wife warm. He met his wife, Jenny, at the University of Washington, and they have four grown children and a gaggle of grandkids.
His favorite cookie cutter is the "W" for the University of Washington (a custom project), but he also likes the traditional Moose.
Human Resources Director
Denise, who is married to Ben, is a trained lawyer who received her JD from Wake Forest University, and she's also a licensed pharmacist. While that might not be the background you'd expect for an HR leader, it was just what the doctor ordered when she joined Ann Clark Ltd. in 2021 to help manage the company's rapid growth.
Denise loves travel and being outdoors, skiing, mountain biking and other active pursuits with Ben and daughters Margaret and Becca.
As a southern girl transplanted to Vermont, she can appreciate the winter hat, but her true favorite cookie cutter is all about summer, or a tropical vacation: The Flip Flop.
Eugenia manages our sales representatives and the inside sales team who serve our wholesale customers. She enjoys cultivating the company's business relationships and is passionate about Ann Clark Cookie Cutters being the #1 cookie cutter company for store owners to work with. She is also a "data geek" with more than 30 years of experience in sales analysis. At Ann Clark, she analyzes wholesale customers' buying patterns and preferences.
Though Eugenia is not a native Vermonter, she moved here in 1982 and hasn't looked back! She is a graduate of The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA. An avid birder, localvore, and "tree hugger", she enjoys many outdoor activities including snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and cycling. Eugenia insists that she's only slightly obsessed with the New England Patriots—but we know better (Giants fans beware!).
It comes to no surprise that Eugenia's favorite cookie cutter is the Teardrop Bird because of her deep devotion to birding.
Tom grew up outside Boston and fell in love with Vermont as a college student at Middlebury College. After a few years of working in New York in the book publishing business, Tom returned to Vermont where he has managed online marketing and website content for some of Vermont's most beloved brands, including Vermont Teddy Bear Company, PajamaGram, Green Mountain Coffee, Keurig, and Gardener's Supply Company. Tom first met the Ann Clark team when working for its website agency in the early 2000s, then joined the company full time in 2020.
With three daughters in college or graduated, Tom and his wife are rising to the challenge of their "empty nest" -- hiking, skiing, gardening, dining out and traveling. Tom also plays hockey a couple nights a week with the aptly named Disfunktional Hockey Club.
His favorite shape is the Llama because it's fun to decorate, and reminds him of a family vacation in Peru with awesome trekking through the Andes.
Dallin is originally from Ohio, and has also lived in Oklahoma, Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah. He served as a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for two years in the state of Goiás, Brazil. Dallin is a 2019 graduate of Brigham Young University, with a degree in Manufacturing Engineering Technology.
Between semesters in 2017, Dallin did an internship in Rutland, Vermont, just down the road from Ann Clark Ltd. During this short stint, he met our CFO Kevin Coleman through church attendance. In the summer of 2020, Dallin was offered the position of Production Manager for Ann Clark. He took the leap of faith and moved from Utah to Vermont.
Sports have always been an important part of Dallin's life. He enjoys playing just about everything; his favorites include tennis, basketball, volleyball, and ultimate frisbee. He even met his wife, Carlie, in volleyball class at BYU, and they married just a year later. Since moving to Vermont, Dallin has begun mountain biking and rock climbing.
Dallin's favorite cookie cutter is the winter hat, mostly because it is the first shape that he helped redesign.
Steve Montanez aka "The Mad Scientist"
Food Operations / New Product Development Director
Ann Clark's very own Food Technologist & Chef! Steve obtained his formal education at the world renowned Johnson & Wales University where he received his AS in Baking & Pastry Arts, BS in Food Service Management, and BS in Accounting. After graduating, Steve has held a variety of jobs ranging from being a baker and pastry chef, to owning his own chocolate confection production company, to even being a Federal Agent with the IRS!
Steve started his career with Ann Clark Ltd. in early 2021 as an Accounting Assistant but quickly demonstrated his prowess for all things food, as Ann Clark sought product expansion into various baking accessories and food products and is now heading up Ann Clark's newest division of Food Production.
In his time off, you'll find Steve with his family; wife Anna (also an Ann Clark Ltd. team member) and two children, Caiden and Madison. Hiking and playing outside with the kids is a regular occurrence for him and the family.
His favorite cookie cutter is the bigfoot as Steve is a giant cryptozoology enthusiast.
Evelyn "Evie" Henderson
Originally from the backwoods of Maine, Evie fell in love with Vermont while pursuing a BFA in Graphic Design & Digital Communications at Champlain College in Burlington, which she completed in 2019. During her time there, she took art related classes that took her to various places around the world, including Spain, Portugal, and an entire semester in Auckland, New Zealand.
Evie came back to Vermont to work at Ann Clark Ltd. as the in-house graphic designer a year after graduating from college. She spends her days there creating imagery and graphics to further elevate Ann Clarks visual brand standards. A wiz with the Adobe Suite, she enjoys touching up product photography and sketching new packaging ideas. She has also become intimately involved in the creation of new cookie cutter shapes.
In her off time, she partakes in other creative hobbies, including painting, pyrography, and macrame. If asked whether she would jump off a bridge 'just because your friends are doing it', she can in fact answer yes, and highly recommends it: provided there is a state-of-the-art bungee cord attached.
Her favorite cookie cutter is the teacup, a fine addition to her collection of antique porcelain.
Senior Marketing Specialist
Lauren is Ann Clark's data wrangler. Her favorite task is cleaning data. She loves a good, clean spreadsheet filled with raw data that is ready to be mined for marketing gold. She recalls a time as an undergraduate at the SUNY Buffalo when she pondered how she could 'do research' for a living, while sitting in a library rifling through academic journals. After receiving Bachelors' degrees in History and French Language and Literature, she received a Master's degree in Library Information Science. While Lauren originally came to Vermont to apply her skills as a librarian, she is now engaged daily in vigorous competitive industry research.
In her spare time, Lauren runs the Women's Woodworking Club at Rutland's Makerspace, and is working on building a hollow wooden paddleboard from scratch. She is also a (no joke) worm farmer--you should see the data she collects on her worms--time, temperature, moisture, feed rates. Truly exciting stuff.
Lauren's favorite cookie cutter shape is the rocket ship, because her guiding principle is that you are only bound by your imagination, so we should always push boundaries to see how far we can go.