About Us

Gift Basket Professional, also known as “GBP” hosts affordable seminars, workshops, monthly news- letters, and conferences internationally with learning opportunities by highly experienced leaders of the Gift Basket Industry! GBP always gives you monthly special pricing & the latest news in the industry! GBP was founded by Tom & Pam Newell in 2005 of “Gift Basket School” they are also known as “The Gift Basket Industry Pioneers” making Ohio the Gift Basket learning capital of the world! The Newell’s have over 30 years experience in Gift Basket Design, Instruction, and Retail Sales Success and are still the owners today!

GBP is a national organization that is organized by a group of experts who wanted to share their experience and help other gift basket professionals start or re-define their businesses with success, trend, networking together, continuing education and business improvement ideas! Pam says “The Gift basket profession is a career and profession to be proud of please feel free to use GBP behind your name to add professional id to your business”.

GBP education can provide stay at home mother’s the opportunity to work from home part-time, retailers to add gift basket products to their inventory, and seasoned designers to get new ideas to increase their sales and corporate marketing.

Tom & Pam Newell have offered FREE membership since 2005 and if you sign up today you can get your 2017 FREE as well! GBP has over 5000 members and is still growing! Come join us and learn about the highly sought after top secrets of the gift basket profession from some of the most experienced professionals in our Industry today! Remember the membership is still FREE!  We offer discounted products each month on GBP member’s monthly special page and a FREE MONTHLY NEWSLETTER!  We also offer private classes & are the power coaching team.

Meet GBP Founders and KeyNote Speakers

30 Years in Business Video

Tom Newell

Tom was the founder of Espresso Stop Coffee House and Bakery located in Canton, Ohio as well as co-founder of Baskets to Go and The International BasketFanfare both located in Canton, Ohio. Tom owned Newell's Home Improvements and Newell's Wood Shop both located in Canton, Ohio. He comes from a contractor background with sales and marketing know how that will not stop! Tom was in charge of the sales floor, Design & set up, warehouse, deliveries, and everyday baking in the coffee house for over 2 decades! Tom was CEO display manager for Montgomery Wards for 3 states. His design ideas are amazing. He has joined the teaching staff of Fancy Food Show in NY and the World Tea Expo in Las Vegas 2010. Tom has also taught seminars at Atlanta Mart, Minneapolis Gift Mart, Kansas City Gift Mart, Pittsburgh Gift Mart, Denver Gift mart, Nashville Jubilee, Las Vegas Jubilee, Cincinnati Jubilee, Chicago Basket Connection, Aces New Orleans, Aces St. Petersburg and Columbus, Trade shows, and Temporary shows across the USA. Tom has been on many advisory boards and appeared on TV8 and TV3 morning shows. He has been a a National Design Winner, Gifty Awards and nominated for many business awards during the last 15 years. Tom is active in the retail, coffee, and gift industry and will continue for many years to come.

Tom is also co-founder with wife Pam of the National Gift Basket Convention 2009 and have helped hundreds of Gift Basket Professionals grow their businesses with Profit and Style.

Tom Key Speaker at the International Gift Basket Training Team to teach in Jamaica 2011 and has agreed to teach for 2014 for Creations! International Gift Basket Convention in Jamaica. Tom and Pam are also keynote speakers and featured lifetime members at the 2009-2014 National Gift Basket Convention, USA. Tom is co-author of "Fundelamentals" a great source book for the gift basket industry.

Tom & Pam share their love for the gift retail business and continues to teach Nationwide today! 2017 will find them traveling and teaching more than ever!

Tom serves on many community boards and is currently a telephone coach to hundreds of business owners.



Pam Newell

Pam started her relationship with the gift basket industry in 1979 when she opened their home-based business, Baskets-To-Go. Pam previously worked for Roadway Express for over 20 years in Payroll and sold Real Estate for over 13 years. In 1982 Tom joined Pam at Baskets-To-Go and added a warehouse to support her growing commercial accounts. In 1993 they established an additional retail location that included an Espresso Stop Coffee House and Bakery. By 1997 these operations, which included the Gift Basket Shop, Coffee Shop, Warehouse, Bakery and Corporate offices doubled in size. In June of 2001 they opened their new international company BasketFanfare. That new company was housed in a 7500 sq. ft. assembly plant including corporate offices. In 2004 BasketFanfare moved to West Tuscarawas Street, Canton, Ohio to provide a better storefront location closer to Aultman Hospital. In 2004 they together started Gift Basket School and decided to help the industry by teaching their own style of workshops and seminars. In 2005 they sold their retail locations to dedicate their lives to education and helping others in the industry achieve their dreams! In 2009 they saw a need for an affordable convention and are doing this today!

Pam has taught seminars and how to clinics at Atlanta Mart, Columbus Market Place (14 times), Pittsburgh Gift Mart, Denver Gift Mart, LA Market Place, New Orleans - Columbus - St. Petersburg = Aces, Las Vegas- Nashville & Cincinnati - Jubilee, Chicago - Basket Connection, New York Gift Mart, Chicago Gift Mart, Trade Shows, Fancy Food 2010, World Tea Expo 2010, and many more! Pam has served proudly on the advisory board of Gift Basket Review, Trends and Tips, Columbus Market Place, Gift Marketing Alliance, GBA, and more. She has appeared on Tv 3, Tv 8, and Fox 28 morning shows. She has written for many gift basket and craft magazines and helps others with interviews monthly. She is co-author of "Fundelamentals" for the industry. Pam has joined the International Teaching team in Jamaica for the Gift Industry for 2011-2013. 2012 Pam has joined the advisory board of Constant Contact to help our industry grow and serves as Ohio business partner.

Her passion is to see other gift basket professionals achieve their own dreams and she wants to help the industry re-define with professionalism and style. Pam is a mother, grandmother, and wife with a love of GOD and family. Tom & Pam are founders and co-owners of the National Gift Basket Professional Convention and are both International Motivational Speakers traveling Nationally to share their educational seminars.

Pam will be the Keynote speaker at the 2017 GPB RALLY-Conference in Canton, Ohio - July 13-15, 2017 for the 17th year of hosting an event in OHIO.

Pam developed Gift Basket Professional Group in 2005 with FREE Memberships to help other GBP's with info, tips, articles, free monthly newsletters, special vendor deals, and events.

Pam is currently a telephone and traveling business coach for hundreds of gift basket professionals. Pam is also sharing her expertise with State Farm Insurance demostrating Customer Service to a new level since October 24, 2012 to present 2017.

The Pioneer's of the Gift Basket Industry stay as busy today as the last 35 years with their love for The Gift Basket Industry. Come join them at a seminar near you. 



Guest Speaker Services

Tom & Pam are award-winning international speakers who also bring over 20 years as a teachers, trainers and consultants in

innovation, marketing strategy, motivating employees, business start up, and corporate strategy. They have been called the "power couple of the industry" and "The Pioneer's of the Gift Basket Industry" they have helped thousands with their businesses! 

Tom & Pam would love to speak at your next Event!

Contact them for additional information or to request a Speaker Packet today! Phone: (330) 478-0555 or email: contact@giftbasketschool.com

Check out Tom & Pam's "2009 National Gift Basket Convention' Video   Just a sample of a fun event...


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