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
  • Melissa Goodis
    Chief Marketing Officer
  • Anita Rader
    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.
  • Louis Cowie
    Chief Operating Officer
    Louis oversees all Manufacturing as well as Customer Service with facilities in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and Mexico. Louis joined the Company in February 2023 having previously served in various manufacturing and operations roles at The Shade Store, VIP Cinema Seating, Haworth, and General Motors.
  • Dean Sorrentino
    Chief Financial Officer