Together for over 30 years, Dan and Kim Blanton have always lived by the mantra “Family First”. In 2006, having spent his career in Marketing and Business Development for companies like Motorola and CHEP Pooling Systems, Dan grew tired of working in the corporate world. Their kids, Chris and Drew, had grown in to young men, and Kim suggested they look to build a business together, so their family could spend more time together, before the kids went off to college in a few years.
Over the next 15 years, they would build a successful Marketing Services company, Media Tech Plus. The key to their success…surrounding themselves with a staff who had the same fundamental value…”Family First”, and building a culture where the team works together to create great products of the highest quality, and provide phenomenal customer service. Over time, they developed a team that provides Design, Printing, and Fulfillment services to small business and marketing agencies.
As a result of their hard work, an opportunity to partner with Tom and Nancy Allen, the creators of Friendly Kritters™, presented itself. Tom and Nancy met in 1969 when both were attending Grand Rapids School of the Bible and Music, and married in 1971. In 1981 Tom and Nancy were blessed with their first child, Jesse. Ben was born in 1983 and Martha in 1985. Over the years they have been blessed with 5 grandchildren.
In 1989, Tom, co-founded Zion's Hope, Inc. ministry in Orlando. By 1994 the ministry had grown and property was acquired for the mission headquarters and future expansion. In February of 2001, The Holy Land Experience opened its gates featuring a full size replica of the Wilderness Tabernacle, a half-size Temple, the model of Jerusalem, a first century marketplace, a reproduction of Gordon's Calvary, and the world's largest private Bible collection, and a wax museum featuring the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. In January of 2006, Tom began to work full-time on Friendly Kritters™. Today, the Friendly Kritters™ touch lives on every continent. Tom has cleverly hidden the names of his children in many of his illustrations as well as his grand children's names in their birth months.
Together, Dan & Kim and Tom & Nancy are working together to continue, and build upon the Friendly Kritters legacy. The goal of Friendly Inspirations is to inspire positivity and friendship from high-qualify hand-crafted art. Our products include:
- Wall Calendars
- Unframed Art Prints
- Framed Wall Art
- Canvas Wall Art Prints
- Greeting Cards
- Office and Stationery
- Planning Calendars
All of these products will be based on inspirational art and designs meant to inspire feelings have happiness and a positive fame of mind.