nora fleming promotes Janice Dayon Christensen to President
nora fleming, the company known for its collectible minis that attach to interchangeable serveware bases, recently promoted Janice Dayon Christensen to President.
While the company was founded in 2004, Christensen was hired as its first employee in 2008 after a chance meeting with Founder Nora Napientek at a local craft fair. Capitalizing on her penchant for all things tiny, an affinity for crisp spreadsheets, plus an innate love of buying beautiful yet practical products, she found her dream career at nora fleming. Before joining the company, Christensen was a high school teacher and an at-home mom to her three sons.
Ever the workplace chameleon, she quickly learned the ropes and dipped her toes in many aspects of the nora fleming workflow, including advertising, social media, licensing partnerships, brand collaborations, showroom design and layout, product development, and local high school entrepreneurial programs.
“I am so excited to continue this next chapter with my nora fleming family,” says Christensen. “We will continue to innovate with whimsical yet practical items, all while spreading nora fleming’s message of sharing kindness through artful entertaining and gift giving.”
“We could not be more grateful to have such a hardworking and graceful new president,” says Napientek. “As you might know, losing Jon as my partner was devastating personally. However, what many don’t know is that he was the yin to my creative yang. Janice brings that business savvy and reigns in my wildest ideas to make them marketable. I am eternally grateful to have such visionary talent combined with realism by my side.”
Fleming tragically lost her brother and business partner Jon Neidlinger in an accident in 2019. His wife, Britnee Neidlinger, joined the company as Co-Owner shortly after. Since that time, Christensen filled in during the interim to be a shoulder to lean on for the nora fleming team, keep production running smoothly, circumvent the past few years’ supply chain issues, and maintain the company’s signature culture of whimsy and innovation for which it’s been known.
Prior to her new position as President, Christensen previously held the roles of Coordinator — Events & Social Media, Director of Branding & Communications and VP of Brand Strategy and Product Development at nora fleming.
Other recent promotions at nora fleming include: Christina Aiardo to Sales Manager; Chris Schulte to Operations Manager; Michelle Turnbull to Marketing Manager.
about nora fleming
the nora fleming collection pairs traditional ivory-colored serving platters and home décor pieces with unique, decorative inserts, “minis”, that represent holidays and themes. each platter and serving piece has a small hole on the rim to place a “mini” that enhances the event or occasion. nora fleming has every serving occasion covered with multiple stoneware and melamine serving pieces, including serving platters, a candy dish/napkin holder, a divided dish and oven-safe bakers. wooden serving boards crafted in the USA round out the nora fleming line. nora fleming’s unmatched, distinctive collection also includes over 80 minis which cover seasons, sports, hobbies, and holidays. new minis are released quarterly to ensure the collection stays fresh. the nora fleming collection is available in 1800 specialty boutiques throughout the United States and online at www.norafleming.com.