Our Mission

To consistently provide our customers with superior service and quality products that they will be proud of. We strive to make the entire process easy, efficient, and pleasant because we understand the importance of what you do and the value of your time.

Our Vision

To be the Industry leader of quality emblems and products to public safety departments nationwide. Utilizing improvements in manufacturing technology through innovative and creative new ways so our customers can trust they work with the best.

Our Values

  • INTEGRITY above all else, so our customers know they can count on us.
  • Making sure QUALITY in service and product is our # 1 priority.
  • We have a true PASSION for what we do and our enthusiasm shows in our results.
  • We deliver what we PROMISE and we only promise what we can deliver.

Our Sales Team

With 70+ years of combined experience in the public safety field of patches and promotional products, our team is ready to provide you with the highest level of customer service and design expertise to make ordering and producing your emblems not only a pleasant process, but fast and efficient. We know your time is important, and we are here to help you maximize it!

Sarah Nix, Sales Manager

Sarah has worked for The Emblem Authority for a decade and is a native of Asheville, NC.  She loves living in the Blue Ridge Mountains. She is very close with her family – and has 2 nephews that she adores. As an outdoors enthusiast – she is an avid hiker, photographer, fisher’woman’, camper, mountain biker and kayaker – spending as much time in the outdoors as she can.   She has an 11 year old schnauzer named Lola and enjoys spending much of her time with her fiance.



Leisa Parker, Senior Account Executive

Leisa is a native of Asheville, NC. She has made her career as an Account Executive with The Emblem Authority for almost 20 years. She has two grown children and three wonderful grandchildren (Camden, Jordan & Hudson). She enjoys spending her time not only with her family, but also her church family and her horse Winston.

Leisa’s sales territory includes the following states: Arkansas, North Carolina, Texas, Maryland, New Hampshire and Virginia.



Mark Smith, Account Executive

Mark was born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina. His father was a Detective with the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Department with 15 years of service. He obtained a Bachelor’s of Science and Mathematics degree from Appalachian State University in 1996. While attending there, one of his biggest accomplishments was having his Senior Honors Thesis published in the Belk Library on campus. Mark enjoys many aspects of the Blue Ridge Mountains with his family, including the many waterfalls, camping, and road trips on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Mark’s sales territory includes the following states: California, Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island.



Ben Reeves, Account Executive

Ben was born and raised in the Florida panhandle. After graduating from Florida State University, he moved to Asheville with his wife and their two hound dogs, Burt and Buster. Ben’s hobbies include hiking, kayaking, live music, barbecuing, and he is an avid sports fan. He has been a member of The Emblem Authority team since 2015 and enjoys working with Public Safety Officials and his coworkers.

Ben’s sales territory includes the following states: Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Washington and Wisconsin.



Hannah Davis-Buckner, Account Executive

Hannah was born and raised in Weaverville, NC. She is the proud mother of two children, Jacob and Madilynn.  She enjoys spending time with her kids, her husband Kevin and the families pet’s Troy (German/Jack Dog mix) and Teddy (Morkie).  Her personal hobbies include cooking, watching movies, camping and lounging by the pool! For many years she has contributed to various non- profit organizations. Her life motto? No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.

Hannah’s sales territory includes the following states: Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Colorado, Missouri, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Hawaii, Alaska, South Carolina, Delaware and Washington, D.C.



Chris Russo, Account Executive

Chris was born in the North and raised in the South (Atlanta, GA). He was a collegiate athlete at Mars Hill University where he received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He loves to spend time with his girlfriend, Ansley, and their two four-legged children, Lena and Thea. He is also an avid sports fan, enjoys exploring Asheville’s brewery scene and hiking to check out the views of Western North Carolina.

Chris’s sales territory includes the following states: Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming.



Our Administrative Team

Jamie Leyva, General Manager

Jamie was raised in Western North Carolina and decided to move back to Asheville after college due to her love of spending time downtown and going to concerts. As an avid HGTV and DIY fan, she enjoys building things and being crafty – sometimes successfully. She also enjoys reading, especially anything history related, and is a huge movie buff. She spends much of her time with her husband and playing with their two dogs, Wicket (a spunky Shi Tzu) and Pisgah (a lovable black Lab).



Darlene Arwood, Purchasing and Shipping Coordinator

Darlene is a native of Marshall, NC but has lived the past 28 years in the Weaverville area with her husband Denver and dog Sassy. She enjoys spending time at home and going to the local flea markets. Darlene has been with the company since January, 1984.