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Illini Grad Sales Timeline

July 1, 2009

The Beginning

Jake Romano signed with Herff Jones. He agreed to partner with them and utilize their American made products to motivate, inspire, and commemorate student achievement. This brought forth his first territory that he would oversee. 

July 1, 2009

July 2012

Expanding the Business

Jake and Illini Grad Sales acquire Bud Adamson’s Herff Jones territory. Illini Grad Sales has officially expanded across Central Illinois. 

July 2012

September 2018

Diversifying

Jake celebrates on the birth of his new sister company, Brand U, LLC. The creation of this company catapults him into using graphic design and facilities branding to motivate, inspire, and commemorate achievements.

September 2018

Present Day

Continued Growth

Illini Grad Sales has just launched their full website. Jake continues working towards expanding both businesses along with expanding their operational crew. Illini Grad Sales and Brand U LLC. look to continued and future growth.  

Present Day

July 2023

15 Years

Illini Grad Sales celebrates its 15th Anniversary.  Realizing a Dream from its founder to start a business and manufacture quality products in the U.S.A.

July 2023

Meet the Team

Jake Romano

President/Founder
After graduating from Carthage College with a bachelor's degree in science in 2005, Jake moved to Monticello, IL with his fiancé and now wife, Mindy Koss. They welcomed four amazing boys into the world - Hunter, Heyden, Holden and Hudson. In his free time, Jake loves attending his boys' sporting events, hunting, watching Notre Dame, and catching up on his comic books.

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