Founder of Corporate Specialties, Valerie Hayman Sklar, CAS* began her career in Hotel Marketing and Sales after receiving a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston University in Hotel and Food Administration. She then spent ten years as Media Director for The Hayman Company, a Multi-Family Properties. With that firm she built, developed and nurtured meaningful relationships with each property in her nationwide portfolio, by creating and implementing effective marketing solutions and plans. Her time with the Hayman Company set the stage for the founding of Corporate Specialties. 

Valerie Hayman Sklar, president of Corporate Specialties, accepts the PPAI Technology Award at the PPAI Awards Presentation & Reception on January 9 during The PPAI Expo in Las Vegas.

Valerie launched Corporate Specialties in 1997 with a simple mission: to provide clients marketing solutions with distinctive promotional products that leave a lasting impact on customers and prospects. With good taste, style and keen marketing instincts, she thinks outside (and inside) the promotional box. Her experience working one-on-one with clients, and her 

* The CAS (Certified Advertising Specialist) industry designation is awarded to less than 4% of industry professionals who have reached and continue to meet a higher standard of professionalism, knowledge and experience within the promotional advertising products industry, setting them apart from their competition. It is the industry’s standard and mark of a professional.