Oak Leaf was founded by Menno Lepp in the early 1990’s in the basement of his family home in Mitchell, MB. His years of building relationships and contributing to his community paid off as the business flourished.
In 2007 Menno leased a commercial space and opened Oak Leaf’s first storefront on Main Street in the business district of Steinbach, MB. In 2008 Oak Leaf Promotions was incorporated. Several years later, despite lots of success, Menno decided it was time to sell his company.
Tim Schmitt was working as a design consultant for a cabinet company in Winnipeg and heard about the opportunity to purchase Oak Leaf Promotions. In May of 2011 he left his cabinet career to become a full-time small business owner.
Barb Froese, who was Menno’s first employee, stayed with the company through the transition to the new ownership. Her years of experience and dedication to the company were a huge asset to Tim as he learned the industry. Barb made a significant impact on Oak Leaf Promotions during her many years of service. We celebrated her retirement in the Spring of 2023.