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Edwin C. “Skip” Gage

Edwin C. “Skip” Gage (MSA85), an accomplished business innovator who has made important contributions to the practice of integrated marketing, founded Gage Marketing Group in 1991, one of the largest promotions agencies in the country. The company has 110 employees, sales of $25 million and operates in 12 states.

The establishment of the Gage Marketing Group followed Gage’s executive involvement as President, COO and CEO of Carlson Companies, Inc.

Gage began his Carlson career in l968 as director of marketing, development and research with the goal of replacing the declining trading stamp business for his father-in-law, Curt Carlson. Prior to joining Carlson Companies, he was an advertising account executive with Foote, Cone & Belding in Chicago. By 1981, Gage had directed the replacement of the trading stamp business with the creation of a new full-service marketing company in Carlson Marketing Group. Under his leadership, a three-person office was transformed into a dynamic, multi-million dollar business, the largest marketing services company in the world.