To Our Clients and Friends:
My father, Marvin Schwam, founded American Christmas in 1968. He was an artist and entrepreneur who ultimately ran three companies. In 1988, at the age of 21 and a recent college graduate, I took over American Christmas and began my 29 year career as owner and CEO.
I am incredibly proud of the reputation enjoyed by American Christmas. We have established ourselves as the premier holiday decorating firm in the United States and have done so with a wonderful staff of talented, passionate people.
I want you to know that I recently closed on a deal to sell American Christmas and our Mount Vernon headquarters to MK Illumination. MK is the leading holiday decorating firm outside of the United States. MK Illumination is based in Innsbruck, Austria with subsidiaries in 30 countries. Last year, they served clients in 120 countries.
American Christmas will maintain its home in Mount Vernon, New York. I will remain with the company for at least two years. The entire management team and staff will remain. This new arrangement benefits our clients in that our manufacturing capabilities and global reach will be dramatically enhanced. Our ability to serve our clients with the best commercial Christmas decorating service in the world is now even stronger. I am extremely excited about the future.
Just as significantly, the owner of MK Illumination, Klaus Mark, is a friend, a fellow entrepreneur and like-minded in terms of placing value on the need for a strong company culture and a desire to give back to the community.
This is the beginning of a new era at American Christmas. We will be celebrating our 50th anniversary next year and I have no doubt the next 50 years will be even greater than the first 50!
Frederic L. Schwam
Chief Executive Officer