About Us

The Simblist Group is a professional sales agency in the gift and home industry that brings good people and great product together to create a little bit of magic in the world of retail. At the Simblist Group, our sales reps do more than just service accounts. We believe in personally supporting and working hard for the businesses in our territories. We seek to understand the unique flair that each account has, and then offer carefully crafted combinations of brands and goods that will drive successful growth for our customers.

Our Management

Kim Leister

Kim Leister

President

kleister@simblistgroup.com
404-524-2812

Kim launched her career in public relations and marketing, but her first love was retail. After a successful run as a local shop owner, she went on to be a Sales Rep, and eventually she and business partner Amy McKnight purchased the Agency they worked for. Going back to her public relations and marketing roots, the Agency got a new name and look, and Knack was born. In 2020, Knack merged with Simblist Group to grow and expand both businesses. Kim’s absolute love for the industry and all that it encompasses drive her to create an environment of positivity and success for all involved.

Amy McKnight

Amy McKnight

Vice President, Sales

amcknight@simblistgroup.com
404-524-2812

Amy began her career as a Buyer for White House Black Market and went on to be the top Sales Rep for a Sales Agency in the Mid-Atlantic. Amy then joined forces with Kim Leister and purchased the Agency - changing the name to Knack and ultimately modernizing and growing the business to answer today's needs. Growing up in retail, Amy has an uncanny ability to understand customers and vendors alike for long-term partnership and success.

Charlie Wright

Charlie Wright

Director of Vendor Relations and Strategy

cwright@simblistgroup.com
323-834-9770

Charlie has more than twenty years of experience in the gift industry, working in sales, as a buyer and as a sales manager for one of the fastest-growing greeting card and gift brands in business. More recently, she has brought her skills and expertise to a wide range of brands as a consultant, as well as running her own handmade gift line out of her studio in Los Angeles. She joins the Simblist Group team in the hopes of using her knack for fostering great relationships and her years of experience as a vendor to ensure success for all Simblist Group brands.

Each Simblist Group Sales Representative carries a variety of brands and products.
Please enter your zip code to connect with our Sales Rep nearest you.

Our Sales Managers: Southeast

Shannon Blanks

Shannon Blanks

Sales Representative
Mississippi

sblanks@simblistgroup.com
601-506-7117

Shannon has been in the sales industry since she graduated from college. Her professional career has included a start up children’s clothing company, sixteen years as a successful sales consultant in the professional salon industry, and a residential real estate sales agent in the central Mississippi area. Shannon is very excited to bring her consultative selling skills, her knowledge in the retail industry, and her passion for the products she represents to her customers.

Jenni Chambers

Jenni Chambers

Sales Representative
Central & West Florida

jchambers@simblistgroup.com
239-440-1111

Jenni has a long history of working with small business owners. Prior to Simblist Group, she was the Director of Operations for a 250 unit franchise chain based out of Atlanta. It is perhaps that background that drives her to work with customers on all aspects of their business. You will always hear her asking, "What is working for you? What other things are you looking to fill your shop with?” She believes in partnering with her customers to bring the best to their local market.

Amanda Duensing

Amanda Duensing

Sales Representative
Tennessee

aduensing@simblistgroup.com
404-375-4735

Amanda came straight to Simblist Group from college. She grew up going to the Atlanta Apparel Mart, as her Father was a Sales Rep - so working in this industry is natural for her. Amanda feels passionately about helping customers curate buys that are perfect for their individual shops. She loves the long lasting friendships with the Simblist Group team, vendors, buyers and store owners that she has made. The inspiration she feels from them is the foundation for her business.

Tatiana Faust Pollara

Tatiana Faust Pollara

Sales Representative
Southeast Coast Florida

tfaust@simblistgroup.com
813-690-5081

Tatiana is totally driven and detail oriented. Both are skills that are a must in the industry. Prior to coming to Simblist Group, Tatiana was a Buyer for a children's store. Simblist Group actually serviced the shop and when she moved to Miami, we were lucky enough to have her become a part of our Team. Tatiana is amazing at putting stories together for customers to bring them success in their shops. She loves what she does and it shows.

Cheryl Black

Cheryl Hartsfield

Sales Representative
Alabama, Florida Panhandle

chartsfield@simblistgroup.com
205-515-5010

Cheryl began her career working in the banking industry with her Father. Their customer base was mostly community banks – local business. Cheryl always had a love for shopping. We all know good shoppers make great Sales Reps! Becoming a Rep for Simblist Group with her financial experience and shopping expertise made it a no brainer. Cheryl sees her job as not only an opportunity to work with shops that she has always loved, but also as helping communities stay afloat through servicing independent business.

Liz O'Mara

Liz O'Mara

Sales Representative
Asheville Area & Western North Carolina, Greenville Area & Northern South Carolina, Atlanta, East & Coastal Georgia

lomara@simblistgroup.com
404-325-8305

Liz has the longest tenure out of all of our Simblist Group Reps. She started in the industry as an Assistant Manager at Crate and Barrel, went on to be a Buyer for Ferragamo and has even been on the shipping side packing product. Over the years, the relationships she has developed with customers and vendors have turned into wonderful friendships. She believes the Simblist Group family is a very special team that lifts one another up and supports each other personally and professionally.

Laura Skinner

Laura Skinner

Sales Representative
Highlands & Cashiers Area North Carolina, Atlanta West & Southern Georgia, Northern Florida

lskinner@simblistgroup.com
770-390-9047

Laura has amazing insight on product and people and that is not surprising - she has a long history in our industry. She began as a buyer for Macy’s, went on to work in finance and spent several years in New York and Atlanta working part time with a division of Christian Dior. However, her longest history is in sales with Simblist Group – lucky us. Laura brings her extended experience to her customers every day – many of which have become dear friends.

Michele Smith

Michele Smith

Sales Representative
Central, Southern, and Northeast Coast South Carolina

msmith@simblistgroup.com
717-676-8441

Michele has 25+ years in sales operations and product management. Her knowledge of the marketplace coupled with decisive leadership skills have consistently maximized growth opportunities for a diverse set of companies. Relationships with her customers are top priority, and by constantly seeking ways to provide service and mutually beneficial programs, she lays the foundation for the long-term relationships with her accounts.

Ashley Stanley

Ashley Stanley

Sales Representative
Central, Coastal, & East Mountains North Carolina

astanley@simblistgroup.com
919-787-2050

It is no surprise that Ashley began her career in teaching. Being a Sales Rep is also about educating and she is amazing at it. Ashley went on to be a Retail Manager for a large chain, dabbled in Interior Design and ending up working at a small furniture shop before coming to Simblist Group. Over the years Ashley’s customers have become friends and she loves bringing them product that she too loves.

Nancy Truesdell

Nancy Truesdell

Sales Representative
Kentucky

ntruesdell@simblistgroup.com
502-641-1968

Nancy is an experienced Territory Manager with a demonstrated history of success working with retailers in the wholesale industry for more than 10 years. She enjoys getting to know her customers deeply, empathizing with whatever their current situation might be, and working with them to develop plans to drive their success. 

Each Simblist Group Sales Representative carries a variety of brands and products.
Please enter your zip code to connect with our Sales Rep nearest you.

Our Sales Managers: Mid-Atlantic

Ellen Abbott

Ellen Abbott

Sales Representative
Delaware, Eastern Maryland, Virginia Beach

eabbott@simblistgroup.com
410-251-0143

Ellen brings to her job 10 years of experience as a buyer for South Moon Under and we are so lucky that she is on our team. She consistently meets and exceeds all sales goals and her customers love her. It does help that she seems to know and be connected to everyone in her territory! Ellen is our social butterfly. She knows everyone and everyone knows her – in the best way.

Marianne Keenan

Marianne Keenan

Sales Representative
Eastern & Central Pennsylvania

mkeenan@simblistgroup.com
610-505-2349

With a master's degree in education, Marianne uses this to teach customers about product. Marianne originally came to us to represent one line and now she is a full time Sales Rep for our complete line package. We are always amazed at Marianne's ability to take every lead and make them a customer. Her enthusiasm and never-quit attitude make her our fastest growing Rep.

Melissa Lloyd

Melissa Lloyd

Sales Representative
Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia

mlloyd@simblistgroup.com
412-527-1569

Melissa brings an expert level of product knowledge to her customers, and she also understands being a vendor. For many years Melissa owned her own Company (Philosopots). She participated in Market as a vendor, visited her customers across the country and even did live demos of how her product was made. She knows what her customers need and also knows the little things a vendor can do help improve and sell their product. Her diverse experience in the industry is a huge asset to all she encounters.

Kirstyn Roberts

Kirstyn Roberts

Sales Representative
Washington, DC, Western Maryland, Central & Northern Virginia

kroberts@simblistgroup.com
201-452-1584

Kirstyn is a “senior” member of our team. However, she is the youngest – lucky her! Kirstyn was formerly a Sales Manager and brings a great understanding to both sides of the business. She is consistently a top selling Sales Rep for our team and we always receive feedback from her customers that they love working with her. She is committed to our vendors and to her customer’s success. She also loves numbers and a big goal.

Elaine Stagg

Elaine Stagg

Sales Representative
New Jersey

estagg@simblistgroup.com
732-673-6545

Elaine is a native New Yorker who started her retail experience when she moved to New Jersey to manage her family's office furniture business. She then became a territory manager for a leading Gift company, which started her career selling to retailers throughout New Jersey for the next 20 years. One of her greatest joys is the personal relationships she has developed with her retailers, and she looks forward to making more in the future.

Each Simblist Group Sales Representative carries a variety of brands and products.
Please enter your zip code to connect with our Sales Rep nearest you.

Our Sales Managers: Northeast

Susan Goodwin

Susan Goodwin

Sales Representative
Massachusetts

sgoodwin@simblistgroup.com
508-642-3285

Susan brings a wealth of experience to the Simblist Group team, having worked as an Account Executive and as an independent sales rep in a variety of industries. She loves what she does because of the relationships she gets to build with her customers, and many of them have become her friends over the years. Protecting those relationships and providing 5-star service to each of her customers is of the utmost importance to her.

Michaeline Kadlub

Michaeline Kadlub

Sales Representative
Vermont, Western New Hampshire

mkadlub@simblistgroup.com
603-344-0415

Michaeline began her work as a Sales Rep in 2015, after years of developing extensive customer service skills through work as a medical secretary, along with owning her own musical instrument business. When not working hard to serve her customers, you can find Michaeline spoiling her grandson Oliver, or her two cats Henry and Gomez - most likely with The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings playing in the background for the 1279th time!

Margaret Krauss

Margaret Krauss

Sales Representative
Connecticut

mkrauss@simblistgroup.com
203-505-4274

Margaret has been serving customers as an independent sales rep for nearly a decade, and loves travelling to see the stores and helping her buyers find just the right items for their shelves. In her free time, if she isn't walking on the beach or with hanging out with her family, you'll find her serving on the boards of her favorite local non-profit organizations.

Marilyn Marsanskis

Marilyn Marsanskis

Sales Representative
Eastern New Hampshire

mmarsanskis@simblistgroup.com
207-409-9291

Marilyn has worked in the wholesale/retail field for over 20 years. Along with maintaining our Maine showroom, she enjoys travelling to meet customers and help everyone discover what products best fit their type of business. She enjoys the challenge of working with customers to find new brands that will make their stores more successful.

Mary Beth O'Malley

Mary Beth O'Malley

Sales Representative
Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod & Islands, Rhode Island

momalley@simblistgroup.com
781-217-8537

Mary Beth began her career in Advertising. Years later, she joined a new hand-bag retail chain in store management, before becoming a wholesale gift and stationery sales rep. Creative and detail oriented, Mary Beth loves the opportunity to learn about not only the vendor's products, but also their passion and "story" behind the collection. Mary Beth understands the need to bring selective and curated lines to the many unique and charming small businesses throughout her territory. She has built strong partnering relationships as a trusted sales rep over the years.

Meleah Sellingham

Meleah Sellingham

Sales Representative
New York

msellingham@simblistgroup.com
518-681-6396

Meleah is an enthusiastic Sales professional with over 30 years of experience. She worked as a wholesale gift representative for over 15 years before taking a position as a National Sales and Marketing Director for an olive oil company. She is skilled at developing the right action plan for each of her clients' unique needs and committed to helping them choose the best products. Throughout her career, Meleah has earned the trust of her customers through the care of her accounts. She attributes her success to her ability to listen to customers and put their needs first.

Each Simblist Group Sales Representative carries a variety of brands and products.
Please enter your zip code to connect with our Sales Rep nearest you.

Our Showroom Team

Leica Vidal

Leica Vidal

Showroom Manager

lvidal@simblistgroup.com
800-524-1621

Leica is our showroom EVERYTHING - from management, to sales, to design, she is the magic behind the madness. She joined the team in 2014 as a Showroom Coordinator and over the years has used her experience and everyday learning at Simblist Group to help us evolve in to a well-run machine. Her experience in construction, visual design and retail creates the perfect combination for greatness in our Showroom. Design is her true passion, and it shows. Not only does she love it, design comes to her naturally and is a true gift. She has a vision and is a perfectionist in a good way. Leica makes work a family affair. We’ve had the pleasure over the years of her daughter and son both helping out in our Showroom.

Scott Williams

Scott Williams

Showroom Coordinator

swilliams@simblistgroup.com
800-524-1621

After working as a market associate for Simblist, Scott joined the team as our Showroom Coordinator. Scott comes to us with many years of experience on the retail side. He is a graduate of Auburn and worked for Brooks Brothers for more than 30 years, which is not surprise, as he is super stylish! Scott brings an organized calm to the team, as well as exceptional customer service skills. He enjoys his role working with all the vendors, and getting to see a different side of retail. Scott loves spending time with friends and family, and being a doting “cat-daddy” to his two beloved felines.