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Lee Anne Davis, Promo-Ventures Inc.

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Lee Anne Davis has made quite a name for herself as CEO — a Connector of Extraordinary Opportunities of Promo-Ventures, Inc. founded in 2001 in the Miramar area of San Diego. PromoVentures specializes in custom screen printing, embroidery, logo apparel, promotional products, trade show items, online company stores, uniforms, custom mugs, pens, hats and polos.

Davis is supported by a team of bright and creative marketing professionals focused on finding custom branding solutions for their clients. The congenial Davis has traveled the world. More than merely going about the business of selling promotional items. Davis has derived a special benefit from her journeys abroad. "You learn that all human beings have a common thread. That's what drives my compassion for helping my fellow man, woman and child."

As a leader in the business, her objective is to grow the company while accepting a responsibility to be involved and supportive in the San Diego community, which she has called home for two decades. She has balanced her life as a wife and mom of two teenagers with her passion for volunteering with her children in the local community, spending many hours supporting her main passions: the arts, literacy and animals. She has been a behind-the-scenes supporter for several of the plays and dance performances that her children have participated in.

Her love of reading led her to volunteering in 2009 for Words Alive, a local San Diego literacy program, whose mission is to open opportunities by inspiring a commitment to reading. www.wordsalive.org

Nov. 6, 2010, she and her family volunteered together for Pay it Forward Day to support the beautification project for Fletcher Elementary School. In May 2013, she collaborated with her team to create Leap Into Fashion, a fashion show and boutique shopping event at the W Hotel San Diego, featuring several San Diego Fashion Designers and boutiques, which raised awareness for Leap to Success, an organization that empowers women to rebuild their lives from domestic violence and homelessness. www.LeapToSuccess.org

Davis earned her BFA in Fashion Design from Virginia Commonwealth University and studied textile design at the prestigious Parsons the New School for Design in New York City, "way before Project Runway," she said. She spent four years designing dancewear for Capezio in New York before heading to the Pacific Northwest for brief stints in product development for Eddie Bauer in Seattle and Columbia Sportswear in Portland.

By the mid-1990s, she followed her heart to San Diego to marry her husband. She launched her own line of women's lifestyle apparel, Absolute-Lee Global Wear, which she showcased at WWD/MAGIC in Las Vegas and sold at boutiques all over the United States. By the late 1990s, she started her family.

"I know apparel like the back of my hand," Davis said. "I learned a lot about screen printing when I was in the New York area, and that is a big part of what we specialize in at PromoVentures, Inc. We can print as many as 20,000 shirts per day in our facility. We can produce up to 300 embroidered pieces per day as well."

Davis' compassion and concern is also evident as she oversees the PromoVentures operation and focuses on new business development. PromoVentures, Inc. announced in January that it has been certified as a Women's Business Enterprise (WBE) by the Women's Business Enterprise Council-West in partnership with WBENC.

This certification grants PromoVentures, Inc. access to a current list of supplier diversity and procurement executives at hundreds of major U.S. corporations and federal, state and local government entities that accept WBENC certification. WBENC is also an approved Third Party Certifier for the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contracting Program.

"We are excited about the possibilities this new avenue of business offers," she said.

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Written by Tony Lovitt, Special to the Daily Transcript

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