Gregory Ionna walks the offices of his new employer like any college student would at his first job. His pace quickens as he describes his products, his eyes grow saucer-like when he discusses the future.
He oozes company spirit like a high-gloss annual report after a bang-up year.
But Mr. Ionna, 49, isn’t at his first post-college job. He’s at his second. Mr. Ionna, the former executive vice president of Gibson Greetings, in August accepted the job of president of Mason-based C.M. Paula, maker of plush toys and novelty goods. Gibson in March was acquired by American Greetings of Cleveland.
“After 25 years with one company, this has been such a terrific change for me,” Mr. Ionna said amid displays of heart-shaped mirrors and wind chimes.
With the job switch, Mr. Ionna has gone from birthday cards and Silly Slammers to inspirational plaques and a trademarked talking toy called Always Angels.
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