Meet RTB West

Our staff spends time in the Chinese factories that we use to produce our goods. We know the machines, the processes and the people involved in production, which gives us the tools to offer innovative and executable solutions. This is a critical component of service and a key differentiator from our competitors. There is a big difference between seeing a pretty Shenzhen factory while stay in a nice hotel and slogging through the hinterlands of Asia spending time understanding the "lesser" factories where most of the goods you buy are actually produced!
James Inglese
Founder & Owner of RTB West

Jim Inglese graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers University's Levin School of Business with a degree in business management and a minor in marketing. After spending 13 years immersed in corporate product development and project management he founded RTB West in 2010 based on a single, unique promotional product. Over the ensuing 13 years he's grown RTB into one of the most highly-respected promotional premium importers in the industry. Jim is also an avid sailor, free-diver, and spear-fisherman, and once upon a time was one of the top age-group triathletes in the US.
Mayumi Ikeda
Account Executive

Mayumi Ikeda joined RTB West 2 years ago, after a successful career in the Hotel Management industry. Born and raised in Japan, Mayumi brings a very unique mix of skills to the table. Her multi-cultural and multi-lingual background help her bridge the gap between the US and Asia, and bring an unusual perspective to the table. Creativity is one of her trademarks and we rely on her innovative thinking to come up with the unique solutions that close large orders. She has spent 3 solid weeks trudging through the factories large and small in the hinterlands of Asia building relationships and an understanding of the processes and machinery used in production. Mayumi's rare combination of analytic, creative and people skills has made her a very popular addition to the team. When not working she can be found painting, designing jewelry, cooking up something ridiculously yummy or being extremely social…usually it's some combination of those.
Darren Ankosko
Account Executive

Darren was recruited as an account executive for RTB West immediately following the completion of his collegiate career at the University of Virginia in May 2010 where he was an All American Student Athlete and Olympic Trials competitor. His fresh outlook on the promotional premiums industry combined with over 2 months of hands-on overseas training in our factories has allowed him to secure and grow multiple large accounts including annual award and tax season kits for Ameriprise Financial (~$210k/yr) and tin/paperboard packaging products for a large snack retailer (~$500k/yr).
Nick Ankosko
Account Executive

Nick joined the RTB West team in early 2017 with a fresh view of the promotional industry, a better understanding of millennial's and social-media savvy. He brings client, team, and project management skills from his time spent as the youngest Location Manager of the nation's largest commercial building materials distributor. Nick interned for RTB for two summers while attending The Pennsylvania State University where he completed his degree in Business Management as an Academic All-Big Ten Student Athlete, three time Penn State Record Holder, and NCAA and Olympic Trials competitor. With his months of interning and training, over 70 factory visits in China and Vietnam combined, and repeated hands on overseas experience Nick has taken on and continues to grow one of RTB's largest accounts (~1 Million/yr) while continually pursuing new business opportunities.
Christina Licciardi
Flash Drive Specialist

Christina Licciardi joined the RTB family in 2009. She grew up in Georgia, and graduated with a B.F.A. from Ole Miss. By day, she is your dedicated flash drive specialist; your one-stop resource for saving time AND making higher margins in a competitive market. By night, she is SUPER Flash Girl; your Flash Drive Hero, working in real time with her factory in Asia, to deliver exactly what you need, before you even wake up for another day of work. She also enjoys writing about herself in third person.

Claire Heebner
Flash Drive Specialist

Claire Heebner is our newest addition to the RTB family! She graduated with BA in Sociology from the University of Connecticut in 2006. Since then, she has gone on to accomplish many great feats, including providing you with the BEST service in the promotional premiums industry! Along with the rest of RTB West, she works round the clock, directly with our Asia manufacturers. She applies her efficiency, diligence, and thoroughness to every need. Weighing in at at under 100 pounds, don't let her fool you- she'll win you over with her knockout service!
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