Made to Last: Russell-Hampton’s 94-Year Legacy

Since 1920, the Russell-Hampton Co. (25 Under 25® alumnus, 2013) has been the leading supplier of awards, personalized gifts, pins, badges, apparel and other items for Rotary Clubs around the world, said Joe Beveridge, vice president of business development and the fourth generation to be in the business.

His wife’s great-grandfather and a business partner were Rotarians who saw an unmet need. (Ironically, the two men’s day jobs were for Kiwanis International.) Neither was named Russell or Hampton. The founders covered their eyes and pointed at a map, and they landed on Russell County, Kan., and Hampton County, S.C.

Bob Lowe, Beveridge’s father-in-law, continues to serve as Russell-Hampton’s president. The company has thrived over the decades by continuously evolving—from a mail-order business to one that sells online—while holding onto the traits that helped it succeed in the first place: a commitment to quality and customer service. It is those traits that have been integral in the business’s recent growth outside of the Rotary market. It has partnered with other large businesses and organizations such as Reece & Nichols, Farmers Insurance, and Case New Holland International to name a few. //