Intrepid announced today that it acted as the exclusive financial advisor to me & my BIG ideas® (mambi), the creator of the Happy Planner®, on its growth investment from Main Post Partners (Main Post). mambi, based in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a leading designer and distributor of branded planners, crafting, and paper crafting accessories. The company was founded 20 years ago by mother-daughter duo Terri Gick and Stephanie Fleming and has built a “cult-like” following driven by the launch of the Happy Planner®, a highly-successful, customizable disc-bound planner system that combines consumers’ need for organization with their love for creativity.
“mambi has done an incredible job of building a team that is second to none in delivering best-selling, creative products to its customer base. The brand authenticity is rooted in the fact that the mambi team doesn’t just sell products, they live the brand and its messaging,” said Marvin Padilla, Managing Director and Head of the Apparel & Retail practice at Intrepid. “It was a pleasure to work with a team that built a business based on inspiring positivity and encouragement. We feel that the company’s growth will only accelerate through its new partnership with Main Post.”
“I have been in the magical world of arts and crafts my entire life and have never seen something take hold as quickly as The Happy Planner® system,” said Stephanie Fleming, Co-Founder of mambi. “We are a family of crafters and creators and we were looking for a business partner who could help us accelerate the growth of our wonderful brand. We are delighted to have found someone who values culture, creativity, and community as much as we do and we can’t wait to bring their experience and support to build our extended Happy Planner family.” Terri Gick, Co-Founder of mambi, added: “Intrepid’s senior bankers understood our brand, culture, and love for creativity. They were able to run a selective process that culminated in our selection of Main Post as the best partner for the next chapter of our growth.”
mambi offers a broad array of products geared for paper, stationery, journaling, paper crafting and other crafts. Their vast product selection out-rivals its competitors in both size and diversity. mambi products are sold at retail stores such as Michaels, Joann, Target, Staples, Walmart, and Hobby Lobby as well as through the company’s own Website.
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