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Denton Depot was established in 1987, and is proudly the original promotional product business in Denton, Texas as well as Denton County. This year 2016, the company will celebrate 29 years of friendly expertise in business. The brand equity of Denton Depot is identified with customer service, fair pricing, and quality products. Denton Depot has maintained a Collegiate License since 1991. Over 85% of the annual business is repeat business.
Tonya and Larry Parker bought this successful business in May 2008. They have added a new energy since purchasing the company and feel most fortunate to have bought it. “Owning our own business is a great experience and joy”, they stated.
Both Tonya and Larry are proud native Texans. Tonya was born in Brady, Texas, and was raised in San Saba, Texas. She is a product of farming and ranching. She worked with her family in the peanut industry growing peanuts, which required moving irrigation pipe and working the fields daily. She also helped her family haul hay and feed their cattle plus take to market. She was a member of the San Saba FFA and raised show pigs for entry in the San Antonio and Houston Livestock shows. She obtained a 2 year degree in business administration at Central Texas Community College in Brownwood, Texas. Larry was born in Abilene, Texas. He also was raised around farming and ranching. One side of his family was in the oil and gas business, which dominated West Texas. The other side was peanut farming and cattle ranching. If Larry wasn’t riding a horse, he was playing baseball or football. Larry graduated from Texas Wesleyan College now University in Ft. Worth, Texas with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.
Larry and Tonya feel their Christian faith along with core values of hard work and a can-do attitude acquired from their families and the Texas heritage is a true treasure and mind set. Larry has over 47 years of experience in sales, marketing, and executive level positions that have blended in very well with the company. Larry’s previous career was in the fashion shoe industry starting in 1968. He started at the fitting stool in high school and worked his way up to president with several of the most successful shoe companies in the world, both retail and wholesale. These positions afforded him travels across the country and around the world with meetings in offices of major retail store chains and factory owners. Larry has worked with major designers Kennith Cole, Enzo Angiolini, Marc Fisher and more. He has made presentations on fashion runways from coast to coast at trade shows and corporate ofices.
Tonya’s 25 year career path is a background of accounting and loan servicing which led her to hold manager and officer positions in both banking and auto finance. Her last position before purchasing Denton Depot was a vice-president of loan servicing. Her career allowed her to travel and work with large banks, auto dealers, home improvement brokers and auto finance companies nationwide and in Canada. The organizational and management skill sets she acquired over those years have been a tremendous addition to the company.
As business owners, Larry and Tonya value community involvement. “We made a commitment when we bought the company, to give back and get involved in Denton and the surrounding communities”. Tonya has been serving on the Go Red for Women – American Heart Association – Denton committee since 2010. She also served four years as a member of the Denton Benefit League. Larry served six years on the Denton Chamber of Commerce Executive Board and was the 2014-2015 Chairman of the Board. He also serves on the Denton 100 Club/Denton Police Board and served five years on the historic Denton Main Street Association and three of those years as president. The company became members of the Keep Denton Beautiful organization in 2016.
October 1, 2014 Larry was appointed by UNT President Neal Smatresk to the University of North Texas Athletic Council. Beginning January 2015, Larry began serving on the Serve Denton board and January 2016 elected to the Executive committee. June 2016 elected as Vice Chairman of Serve Denton. September 2015 both Tonya and Larry served on the Denton Business Community Prayer Breakfast committee. In October 2015 Larry was appointed by the Denton City council to serve on the Denton Texas Economic Development Partnership board.
They arrive each day to work knowing how very blessed and fortunate they are to have bought this company. They look forward to an opportunity to serve your promotional product needs.