About Our Owners

Rebecca L. Herwick (President and CEO)

Rebecca Herwick

Rebecca Herwick is the President and CEO of Global Products, Inc (GPI). She has over 30 years experience in distribution and manufacturing of promotional and licensed products and over 15 years experience in international distribution of non-refrigerated commodities. Rebecca has expanded GPI internationally to include wholly owned subsidiaries operating in Brisbane (Australia), Toronto (Canada), Munich (Germany), and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). Current due diligence is underway for future locations in South Africa and India.

Rebecca has been named one of St. Louis' Top Women Business Owners, Enterprising Woman of the Year, Women Impacting Public Policy Member to Watch, and was recently named a finalist of the St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce 2013 Small Business Person of the Year award. Rebecca received her Bachelor's of Science in Organic Chemistry from McKendree University and completed Harvard Business School's Owner/President Management Program (HBS OPM) in 2012. As a HBS OPM alum, Rebecca has continued her studies to include Harvard's OPM IV: Global Immersion-China.

Rebecca is a strong supporter of the Center for Head Injury Services (CHIS) and women in business (WPO, WBENC, WIPP). She has served a three year term on the National Women's Business Council to advise the President, Congress, and the US Small Business Administration and she has also served on the alumni board of McKendree University. The environment is important to Rebecca and GPI's business practices promote sustainability and eco-awareness (2013-2014 SGIA Sustainability Recognition Award and RCGA Green Business Award).

Rebecca is the mother of two sons and feels most comfortable on the open road riding her Harley-Davidson® motorcycle. Rebecca's passion and drive create a mindset where setbacks become opportunities, goals are achieved, and limits are surpassed.

James D. Stratman (Owner)

James Stratman, Co-owner and current employee, obtained his degree in International Management from Missouri State University in Springfield, MO. He works in Global's sales department and also owns Peak Nutrition — a multi-location supplement superstore in the St. Louis region. James shares the similar two wheeled enthusiasm that his mother enjoys. During his adolescence, James raced motorcycles in sanctioned motocross and flat track leagues. He is still an avid rider to this day. James loves to travel and has spent time abroad in multiple countries. He would describe himself as outgoing and extroverted.

John D. Stratman (Owner)

John Stratman, Co-owner and employee, is currently majoring in Marketing at Missouri State University. John is a support pillar for Global's wholly owned cloud services and also works in the sales department. John enjoys the outdoors and approaches his new endeavours with a careful focus. John has a bright future at Global Products and is ready to face the challenges that come with it.