The Starfish Story – Making A difference – A New Award

Frank and Marie Bouchard started “Pins by Frank,” an online lapel pin company, in 2000 with a Collection of Hospitality Pins.  About 8 years ago Marie was in a training class that talked about the Starfish Story and the importance of how a small act of kindness can make a huge difference. Marie loved the story and decided to make a Starfish pin to promote the story to other.

Starfish pin - Pins By Frank

Starfish Pins-Pins By Frank

Starfish Award

Frank and Marie made a starfish pin to add to our Seaside Collection along with the Starfish Story and we are so glad we did!  It has been very popular with educators, churches and companies that also want their employees to understand how they too can make a difference!

A Recognition Award

Very recently Marie became aware of the “Profits Run Starfish Award”, created by Bill  Poulos in 2019, to honor individuals doing extraordinary tasks to help others do better in life. The first award went to Rachel O’Neill for her work with Dresses for Africa. You can read more about Rachel and other honorable mentions on the Profits Run Starfish Award webpage.  

 Poulos is an experienced trader, financial educator, published author, and retired automotive executive and has a strong passion for philanthropy.  Poulos shares that the secret to life is “helping as many people as possible. No matter how big or small the effort is, people can make a difference. The Profits Run Starfish Award is aimed at recognizing individuals who constantly strive to make a difference in the world.”  Poulos presents the Profits Run Starfish Award to individuals who encompass that spirit and work hard to make a difference in this world, even if that difference is only just for one person.

Marie recognizes that many clients of Pins By Frank may have great candidates that would be deserving of this recognition and wanted to create awareness with this blog.  If you’d like to submit a candidate please contact roseanna@billpoulos.com.

For more information on Pins By Frank, please visit www.pinsbyfrank.com or email marie@pinsbyfrank.com.

Future Food Entrepreneurs

Custom made lapel pins for the Future Food Entrepreneurs, a student organization of Johnson & Wales University Providence Campus, were made using a metal backing; in this case a one inch circle with military clutch back.  Labels were made of their logo and then a clear epoxy finish was applied. The pins was made with a silver finish to compliment the Chefs Coat logo. The result is a beautiful custom made lapel pin that will last for many years.  This process is a great choice for logos that have a great deal of detail.    

Culinaria Latina

The custom made lapel pins for Culinaria Latina were made using a metal backing, in this case a one inch circle with military clutch back.  Labels were made of their logo and then a clear epoxy finish was applied.  The resulting is a beautiful custom made lapel pin that will last for many years.  This process is a great choice for logos that have a great deal of detail.        

Pineapple Pin for Johnson & Wales University

As we celebrate 18 years in business, we think back to our first customer, Johnson & Wales University College of Hospitality Management, Providence Rhode Island.  In 1999, Dr. Karen Silva expressed interest in a custom made lapel pin for incoming students of the Hospitality Management College.

Our business was and still is heavily focused on hospitality.  We customized our medium pineapple pin, adding the letters JWU.  The letters have hand-painted blue behind them and the pin is finished in shiny gold.  These pins are still being ordered each year for incoming students who I am told love them.  Since that time many other education facilities have opted to choose to have their letters placed on our medium and large pineapple pins.

I have learned that the pins have travelled internationally as well.  Johnson & Wales University attracts many International students and the message of Hospitality is truly International.

Over time the Denver and Charlotte campuses have also ordered for their incoming hospitality students.

In addition to the hospitality college, we also have made pins for Johnson & Wales student clubs and organizations.