About Us

Formerly known as American Achievement Corporation and Iconic Group, Balfour & Co. is one of the largest commencement services companies leading the industry in digital product innovation by helping students and their families celebrate the most meaningful moments in their lives. Operating under Balfour®, GradImages®, University Photo®, Gaspard®, ArtCarved®, KeepSake®, and Taylor Publishing Company®, the Company provides personalized products such as class jewelry and apparel, yearbooks, graduation cap and gowns, announcement products, and photography through digital marketing technology, personal in-school deliveries, and customized school assortments. The Company operates throughout North America with around 5,000 team members.

To learn more visit Balfour.com, the destination for Graduation products, and GradImages.com, the industry’s largest commencement photography platform.

  • Ryan Esko
    Ryan Esko
    Chief Executive Officer
  • Dean Coulson
    Dean Coulson
    Chief Operating Officer
    In the role of Chief Operating Officer, Dean serves as the Executive leader of the company's operations and operational strategy, including all manufacturing, sourcing, purchasing, and distribution. Dean brings significant experience leading global teams, developing and expanding the operations to support rapid growth in revenue.
  • Michelle Jagers
    Michelle Jagers
    Chief Sales Officer
    Michelle oversees field operations, logistics, customer service, production, innovation and technology. She has nearly three decades of experience with the company's ever-growing portfolio and a real passion for overcoming obstacles and finding success!
  • Anita Pearson
    Vice President, Human Resources
    Anita oversees all Human Resources functions for 5000+ employees at various corporate, distribution, and manufacturing facilities in 3 countries. Anita joined the Company in 2011 having previously served in various Human Resources roles at Motorola and Whole Foods Market. Anita is also a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.