MEET ME, Robert R. “Bob” Sandberg.

Like most of us, I have had a lot of interests and varied experiences.

Born in Los Angeles, 1947, I grew up in Salt Lake City. My family was in commercial construction, cabinets and custom moldings, a business I worked in for several years. I served in Vietnam and was a Bronze Star recipient. Earned my Master’s Degree in Sociology with minors in Business Administration and Political Science at Utah State University. After college, I worked as a labor relation’s rep for Kennecott Copper in Utah and Missouri, and for United Engineers in Philadelphia.

Later, I opened up my own remodeling company in Prineville, OR. I have a passion for inventions, always brainstorming on ways to “do it better”, one of which, The Wranger Jar Lid Opener, I have a design patent on. I worked hard on it for about 4 years, while doing remodel work.  The real value was the EXPERIENCE gained in Manufacturing, Selling and Marketing a new product from scratch. It also set me up for the business I am in now. The remodeling and invention went south in the last recession in ’83. 

During that time there was a gentleman in Prineville who approached me about selling promotional items. I was very apprehensive in the beginning; however, it was the only “door” open, so I decided to give it a try. It treated me pretty good and I bought him out a year later. I had a great run with two Promotional Product brokers winning every sales award possible, “Most Dollars”, “Most Orders”, “Most New Customers”, year over year, for a couple of decades. I had a new passion!

For fun I have been a Peak Bagger, doing one day summits of every major mountain from Rainier to Shasta and beyond. People have referred to me as the Grandfather of what is now called the 3 Sisters Marathon, which is a one day climb over the Three Sisters mountains. I have done that 9 times including one time on skis. I have been an avid skier, XC, Skate, Back country and Downhill my whole life.

Recently I wrote a manual entitled “XC Ski in Three Hours – Race in Three Weeks” . You learn by just knowing a few key works like "TOUCH TIP" it is an E-Book on Amazon. Also, I have developed a knee brace that prevents dislocation by keeping the joint tight – No Slop.  It is in the beginning stages.  The Pole, Peddle, Paddle (a pentathlon in Bend) has been an annual event for me for over 25 years. There have been chapters in my life of being a fishing and hunting nut, a runner for many years, tennis, handball and racket ball. I still mountain bike, ski, hike and cut wood every year for my wood stove. I generally love the outdoors, dogs, donkeys and animals of all kinds. I’m in church most Sunday’s and taught Sunday school for 4 years. I have always had a hankering to be a Cowboy. “ Cowboy Bob.” There’s still time. I have three adult kids, and an “Auzzie” named Blue. 

We have all had similar stories. Looking back it is amazing what we get ourselves into. Like most of us there have been some high times and low times with divorce, going broke and even some life threatening incidents like falling into a crevasse and being hit by a pick-up while riding a bike just to mention a couple.  But, life is good.  I have been blessed, over flowing and pressed down.  My motto this year is “Lifting Others Lifts You, Lifts Me, Lifts Us” and I mean it. I want your business to be a SUCCESS, but Most of all I want You to be a SUCCESS . Your Friend, Robert R “Bob” Sandberg.

If you need further help contact us!

800.453.5333 -

Bend Promotional Products has been providing THOUSANDS of different custom imprinted items for Central and Eastern Oregon for over 35 years. We are the largest provider of promotional products east of the Cascades. Products such as mugs, pens, calendars and hats that carry your logo are “Advertising That Remains to be Seen”. This is "word of mouth" advertising that remains on your customer’s desk, file cabinet or wall for years REFERRING BUSINESS TO YOU. Bob and his staff provide products that make you and your company LOOK GOOD. We live by the slogan that “Lifting Others…Lifts You, Lifts Me, Lifts Us", we want to LIFT you. Make you LOOK GOOD. Be a part of your business.

Give Bob or Lisa a call.

PH: 800.453.5333





Common Terms

Screen Printing: an image is transferred to the printed surface by ink, which is pressed through a stenciled screen and treated with a light-sensitive emulsion. Film positives are put in contact with the screens andexposed to light, hardening the emulsion not covered by film and leaving a soft area on the screen for the squeegee to press ink through. (Also called silk screening)

Pad Printing: a recessed surface is covered with ink. The plate is wiped clean, leaving ink in the recessed areas. A silicone pad is then pressed against the plate, pulling the ink out of the recesses, and pressing it directly onto the product.

4-color Process: a system where a color image is separated into 4 different color values by the use of filters and screens (usually done digitally). The result is a color separation of 4 images, that when transferred to printing plates and printed on a printing press with the colored inks cyan (blue), magenta (red), yellow and black, reproduces the original color image. These four colors can be combined to create thousands of colors.

Pantone Matching System (PMS): a book of standardized color in a fan format used to identify, match and communicate colors in order to produce accurate color matches in printing. Each color has a coded number indicating instructions for mixing inks to achieve that color.

Camera-ready: artwork that is black and white and has very clean, crisp lines that make it easy to scan and suitable for photographic reproduction.

Bleeds: printers cannot print right to the edge of a paper sheet. To create that effect, the printer must use a sheet, which is larger than the document size. Then the printer prints beyond the edge of the document size (usually 1/8?), then cuts the paper down to the document size.

Imprint Area: the area on a product, with specific dimensions, in which the imprint is placed.

Paper proof: Impression of type or artwork on paper so the correctness and quality of the material to be printed can be checked. The least expensive is a regular black and white faxed paper proof.

Pre-production Proof: an actual physical sample of the product itself produced and sent for approval before an order goes into production.

Drop Shipment: an order shipped to more than one location will be charged a fee for each additional destination.

Less than Minimum: the fee charged for ordering 50% fewer items than the quantity listed in the minimum or first column. This option is not always available on all products.

Etching: using a process in which an image is first covered with a protective coating that resists acid, then exposed, leaving bare metal and protected metal. The acid attacks only the exposed metal, leaving the image etched onto the surface.

Engraving: cutting an image into metal, wood or glass by one of three methods--computerized engraving, hand tracing, or hand engraving.

Colorfill: screen printing an image and then debossing it onto the vinyl's surface

Embroidery: stitching a design into fabric through the use of high-speed, computer-controlled sewing machines. Artwork must first be "digitized," which is the specialized process of converting two-dimensional artwork into stitches or thread. A particular format of art such as a jpeg, tif, eps, or bmp, cannot be converted into an embroidery tape. The digitizer must actually recreate the artwork using stitches. Then it programs the sewing machine to sew a specific design, in a specific color, with a specific type of stitch. This is the process known as digitizing.

Debossing: depressing an image into a material's surface so that the image sits below the product surface

Embossing: impressing an image in relief to achieve a raised surface

Hot Stamp: setting a design on a relief die, which is then heated and pressed onto the printing surface

Laser or Foil Stamp: applying metallic or colored foil imprints to vinyl, leather or paper surfaces

Personalization: imprinting an item with a person's name using one of several methods such as mechanical engraving, laser engraving, hot stamping, debossing, sublimation, or screen printing, to name a few

Die-casting: injecting molten metal into the cavity of a carved die (a mold) Die-striking: producing emblems and other flat promotional products by striking a blank metal sheet with a hammer that holds the die