As the second generation of his family to lead Paris Corporation, Gerry Toscani has seen the paper business undergo many changes since 1982. Gerry joined Paris under the tutelage of Dominic P Toscani Sr, his father who founded the company in April of 1964. He held multiple roles starting in sales then added marketing and customer service to his repertoire.
In the mid 1980’s, the Office Superstores exploded onto the scene, which then catapulted Paris Corporation into large stores throughout the country. Soon after, an opportunity for a joint venture between Xerox and Paris emerged. Gerry left to run this new business for six years until returning as CEO of Paris Corporation in 1998. He would eventually go on to purchase the business from his father in 2000.
Under his watch, Gerry has brought many innovative ideas to Paris by launching the consumer division and establishing royalty and distribution agreements with OEM’s (Original Equipment Manufacturers) like Kodak, Xerox, IBM, and HP. He also developed the DocuGard and Printworks paper brands and launched the hugely successful Weego Portable Power brand.
In addition, Gerry established the Make It Better [MIB]charitable giving arm of Paris so that employees could participate in giving back on behalf of the company. With the program, Paris employees are empowered to support local charities, causes and organizations near and dear to them. He is directly involved with many of the organizations and serves on the board of The Joseph Fund and The Satell Institute.
Gerry received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Penn State University in Political Science in 1982 and continues to learn every day.