Industry Mourns EMT Founder and President Steve Weinstein

Employees, customers, and competitors alike mourn the passing of the industry veteran and dedicated leader.

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Steve Weinstein

Emblem Marketing Team (EMT) Founder and President Steve Weinstein, 61, passed away on May 29 following a long battle with multiple illnesses.

After graduating from North Central High School in 1973, the life-long resident of Indianapolis founded EMT, a supplier of emblematic jewelry, awards, and promotional products, a few years later. “When I was in High School, my family business was a small, struggling woodworking factory,” the company’s leader reflected on EMT’s blog two years ago. “It was a difficult market with slow growth, large inventory and high marketing costs. One day a family friend and local distributor came to the factory. He had a need for some award plaques that his supplier could not meet and asked my father if we could make them. ‘If it’s made of wood, we can make it,’ was my father’s proud reply.”

As Weinstein joined the family business full-time, he was tasked with managing the production of awards and custom products. After successfully delivering a special order of inset custom medallions, he was brought on in a leadership capacity.

“My father was so impressed that he gave me the project of adding emblematic products to our line, making me proprietor of that part of the business,” Weinstein noted. “About 15 years later, I sold the woodworking part of the business and Emblem Marketing Team (or EMT) was born.”

Since its founding, the supplier has diversified and grown while remaining focused on its core products of lapel pins, medals, key tags and embroidered emblems. The company would go on to win several awards in the industry throughout Weinstein’s tenure.

“(Weinstein’s) knowledge and work ethic lives in his management team and employees. Toward the end, he worked tirelessly to transition his role to his team,” says Phil Saks, chief operating officer (COO) of EMT.

“While mourning the passing of our leader, we will honor him by continuing to move forward and grow the business just as he would have wanted,” he adds. “Every one of us at EMT is dedicated to continuing (Weinstein’s) business legacy and working with you to provide our quality products.”

Customers and competitors alike also offered their condolences on the company’s Facebook page as well as the guestbook of his obituary. Weinstein was regarded as a “capable and friendly competitor for over 20 years,” while another noted that the owner was “warm and forever friendly” in their conversations. “He will be missed by many,” a customer posted.

A memorial service was held at the Palomino Ballroom on June 16 in Zionsville, Indiana. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or National Kidney Foundation.


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