About Us

Joshua Brooks

Joshua was born and raised in Lancaster, PA and later went on to earn a degree in International Finance from Penn State University. During his time at Penn State he also studied Marketing at the National University of Singapore- in Singapore. With a passion for world travel, Joshua has lived abroad for over two years. During two periods (he affectionately calls his "sabbatical from academics") he took a year off before and after college to backpack the world. Using funds he earned while working in a Paper mill, he was able to travel to over 100 different countries on six continents.

He still enjoys travel, though comments it is increasingly more difficult to do while working in "the real world". Joshua and Carson joined forces in 2001 to create Brooks & Brooks, and shortly after tapped into Debbie's considerable skills. With the latest addition of Carla, and the ability to represent some of the finest suppliers in the industry, Joshua strives to keep Brooks & Brooks at the forefront of the Promotional Products industry.

Carson Brooks

Carson grew up in rural Illinois, was a high school All American and the Illinois state discus champion, went to the University of Illinois, started at running back for three years, was captain of the football team, made the 1969 Dallas Cowboys as a middle linebacker, and married his college sweetheart, Debbie. He earned a masters degree in psychology while coaching the University of Illinois football teams and then started his own sales firm in 1974.

He is the husband of Debbie and the proud father of Josh and Justin. Carson expanded his company into promotional products in the early 1990s. The company now markets to promotional products distributors in the northeast.

Debbie Brooks

Debbie grew up in a small southern Illinois town, went to the University of Illinois and Wisconsin before returning to graduate school to obtain a graduate degree. She married Carson in 1969, is the mother of two sons, Josh and Justin. Debbie founded and was Head Master of Lancaster Preparatory School in 1983, a school dedicated to helping children with learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, or gifted - the school operated in the black for 17 years.

With her organizational skills, she has been a great asset to Brooks & Brooks since joining the company in 2000, functioning as a sales manager and head of finance.

Carla Theissen

Carla was born and raised in Washington, MO. With a long, successful career at Hazel Promotional Products, Carla is a well respected and well known customer service agent throughout the country. She is tremendously skilled with helping customers, and when she is not working on projects, she is spending time with her family.

Carla joined Brooks & Brooks in 2008 and has become a valued and important member.

Erin Joslin

Erin was born and raised in Connecticut before heading to Upstate New York for her undergraduate degree (Biology) from Binghamton University. After living in almost every state in New England she headed to Massachusetts for Boston University master’s program in Actuarial Science. Though an avid New York sports fan she’s made her home here, central to friends and family. The path to becoming an actuary took a backseat after finally heeding the advice from friends and colleagues that her personality wasn’t fit to sit at a desk all day and she should be interacting with actual humans, a sentiment many actuaries would shudder the thought.

Erin joined Brooks & Brooks in 2015 and is eager to burn rubber and build relationships.

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