Helping clients find products at the best prices with incredible service has been in our company’s DNA from the start.
Founded by company Chairman Larry Tinkelman along with son and Managing Director Kevin Tinkelman, in the heart of Scranton, Kevins Worldwide® has been in business since 1994. Originally a public wholesale business, our ownership eventually recognized a bigger need in the business community, transitioning the company to products distribution for businesses needing wholesale promotional products and solutions.
While our roots are in our in-house embroidery and screen printing, we have expanded our services to be holistic in approach. From start to finish, all services are manufactured under one roof at our corporate headquarters. We are proud to be one of the only promotional product suppliers in the nation to offer services and solutions, like fulfillment and webstores, all in one location. Through our vast vendor network and team, we have the infrastructure in place to tackle any client project.
Business & Team Growth
With 30 years of experience, Kevins Worldwide® knows what it takes to help elevate your business brand. Our team of more than 100 promo experts fosters client partnerships lasting decades. With a Top 100 ranking out of more than 20,000 other promotional companies, we pride ourselves on anticipating and exceeding client expectations. Our strategy of functioning as a partner rather than a vendor means relationships continue to come first. The bottom line is we look to save you money by using strategies and solutions that will save you time and let you focus on your business.
We are now stronger than ever.
Through all this change and growth, we have always invested in our team, tools, and technology to meet any project our clients require. Our business today reflects our maturity of process and value added to our ever-growing client base.Team Up With Us
Larry attended Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA before serving his country in the Army Reserves, stationed at Fort Knox, KY. After his honorable discharge, Larry began his career in the apparel industry in the Management Training program with Leslie Fay. He advanced through the ranks to become General Manager, at the tender age of 30, with complete responsibility for the 2,400 employee Wilkes-Barre, PA plant operation.
After 10 years with Leslie Fay, Larry decided to strike out on his own with the purchase of Linden Dress in Scranton, PA. The business grew and prospered, with Larry acquiring additional apparel factories, Goodmanor Dress in Scranton, PA and GT Manufacturing in Larksville, PA. During this time Larry also became a restaurateur with the launch of Tink’s Restaurant in Scranton, PA. Larry subsequently sold GT Manufacturing and Tink’s and in 1994 liquidated his remaining holdings to launch, with his son Kevin, Kevins Wholesale LLC.
Kevin Tinkelman, along with his father Larry, started Kevins Wholesale LLC in 1994, and serves as Managing Director. In this role, Kevin’s primary focus in operations is overseeing the IT, quality assurance, production and retail facets of the business. Kevin has had significant impact on profitability and growth, expanding the company from a 4,000 square foot facility to the current 85,000 square foot facility.
Kevin received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Finance from Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. After graduating, Kevin began his career as a Manager with Goodmanor Dress in Scranton, PA. He was promoted through the ranks, and eventually became the General Manager of both Goodmanor and Linden Dress, also in Scranton, PA. He was with Goodmanor/Linden for 5 years prior to the launch of Kevins Wholesale LLC.
Scott joined the family business in 2002, and focused mostly on Sales for the first 17 years. In that role, Scott was responsible for managing the explosive growth of the company, and the aggressive marketing strategy. Additionally, Scott was charged with helping to maintain the high standards of service that became the signature aspect of the KWW experience. During that time, besides Sales and Marketing, Scott was instrumental in expanding overseas sourcing, and broadening our lines to include every major name brand in both apparel and promotional items.
In 2019 Scott accepted the role of President, where he became more involved in operations and IT, leading the team to implement six sigma principles, so that the procedures were improved to create a better client experience. In helping to create a more efficient organization, Scott was focused on creating a scalable operation for continued growth.
Scott obtained his BS with honors from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, and holds an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. Scott’s background started in the banking industry, but quickly transitioned to the music industry working on tours for bands such as Sting, Pearl Jam, and the Beastie Boys. Scott has also worked for House of Blues, Universal Music, Best Buy, Lollapalooza, and the HORDE Festival.