Board Member Retirement Gift

Detail of custom gift made for retiring Travelers board of directors member Glen Nelson; graphic design by Carolyn Porter of Porterfolio, Inc.

Travelers’ request was to give the retiring board member a gift he would be proud to display for the rest of his life, but they didn’t know what they wanted the gift to look like, or what they wanted it to say. Carolyn presented a number of detailed concept sketches to the Travelers Corporate Communications team. Once a design direction was approved, Carolyn and Kent selected materials, then Kent began the construction process, while Carolyn worked with the client to refine content.

The result was a museum-quality piece comprised of a silk-wrapped case, a letterpress printed proclamation embossed with the corporate seal, and a hard-cover book that outlined notable milestones during the board member’s 19-year tenure. The proclamation, book, and case were crafted of the highest quality materials: hand-marbled paper, silk, leather, and aluminum.

Fun fact: The team at Travelers reached out to Carolyn because they knew Carolyn and Kent had collaborated years earlier on a similar type of bespoke gift. That gift had been presented to Nelson Mandela on behalf of a coalition of Minnesota businesses.

Client 
Travelers Insurance Board of Directors
Printer 
The Nomadic Press
Writer
Joan Palm, Corporate Communications