One of promo’s largest family-owned companies has appointed a new leader that was not born into the business.

New York-headquartered Starline, the No. 13 supplier in the 2023 PPAI 100, on Wednesday announced the promotion of Jeffrey Hassler to the role of president. Hassler joined Starline in 2012. He had most recently served as chief financial officer.

  • Previous president Mason Lapsker will take on the role of CEO. 
  • The company was founded in Canada more than 50 years ago by Joshua Lapsker, Mason Lapsker’s grandfather, who passed away at age 79 last year.

“Our family’s deep-rooted belief in the importance of a corporate family itself has been the heartbeat of our organization for over 50 years,” says Mason Lapsker. “Jeff started his Starline career as a cost accountant, and in the span of a decade, he’s become an indispensable part of our company. With unwavering support and unshakeable dedication, his commitment to Starline, and most importantly, our people, embodies the very principles upon which Starline was founded.”

Hassler had climbed to CFO by 2018. Previous career stops prior to Starline came from outside of promo, including stints in the banking and insurance industries.

“Jeff’s guidance has already proven to be invaluable in our steady sales growth and innovative decoration offerings,” says Starline CRO Brian Porter. “I have no doubt that with his experience and knowledge of the industry, it will continue our long-standing reputation for top-tier service and innovation.”