Our People Make Our Company Thrive

Eric Lerner

President & Founder of API

After graduating from Wharton and getting a job as a financial analyst, Eric was searching for something that he was passionate about. In August of 1992, he took a cruise to the British Virgin Islands. While aboard a boat on the Caribbean Sea, he experienced a severe case of seasickness and was forced to stay on land for a few days to recover. He came across a small screen-printing shop while exploring St. Thomas. He went inside and met the owners, who were in their early twenties just like him. After getting a tour and seeing how it all worked, Eric was intrigued and wanted in. He began selling shirts from the screen-printing company to tourists on the cruise ship docks. After learning the tricks of the trade from his new friends, he was inspired to start his own business back  home in Charlotte, NC. Printing t-shirts was a far cry from the careers that his fellow Wharton graduates had on Wall Street, but it gave Eric the opportunity to pursue his own version of the American dream. He started this new business venture working out of his apartment selling printed shirts to schools and small businesses. Over the years, Action Plus Ideas has grown into a full-service branding company with hundreds of local and national accounts, and is well known for exceptional customer service and creative branded products and imprinted apparel. 

Alicia Rhodes

Vice President

Cari Brackett

Senior Account Executive

Jenny DuPont

 Senior Account Executive

Helen Galatas Hinson

Senior Account Executive

Hannah Moore

Senior Account Executive

Mary Elizabeth Reid

Senior Account Manager

Carrie Sue Ridenhour

Senior Account Manager 

Chamblee Small

Senior Account Manager

Ashley Deal

Account Manager

Kailey Jones

Account Manager

Ashley Antram

Client Programs Coordinator  

Traci Anderson

  Accounting Manager

Warren Rose

Accounts Executive

Shawn Lynch

Graphic Designer

Brady Allen

Accounts Assistant