MBE Spotlight: Bruce Browning

“Where’s Bruce?”

A common phrase Bruce Browning’s former manager used to ask his colleagues at the Japanese bank he worked at after undergraduate school. He was working as a municipal bond analyst that helped to calculate the likelihood of a municipality defaulting on their municipal bonds. While he valued this position, it wasn’t the right fit for him. After the first few weeks of working there, he found himself wandering around to chat with folks at the bank, taking advantage of “10-minute breaks” just about every hour while looking for escapes from his work. Browning and his coworkers became very used to hearing the phrase, “Where’s Bruce?” 

At the time, his parents had a commercial printing business in White Plains, NY called “Magjak”, a blend of his mother’s name Maggie and his stepdad’s name Jack. Working here during the summers helped Browning find his passion for helping companies market their message and led to him making the jump to switch his career path. 

Bruce found that creativity was something that ran in his blood. His mother was a fashion designer who sold her brand to top retailers like Saks & Bloomingdale’s with features in vogue. His father was a commercial artist for top agencies like BBDO and Ogilvy, and even his sister found her creativity in jewelry, drawing, painting, or anything artistic. 

As the years went on, Magjak expanded, saw a rebrand, and in 2018 became an affiliate with Proforma and is now known as Proforma Edge. With the help of Proforma’s 200+ support staff, there is nothing that Proforma Edge can’t accomplish. With their parent companies’ support, Proforma Edge is able to provide helpful, reliable, friendly marketing and production services for their clients’ offline and online needs. Their clients all share the same opinion, that Proforma Edge is reliable, creative, and deadline driven.  

Since finding his calling, the days of hearing, “Where’s Bruce?” are long behind him now. He dedicates his time to helping other businesses and is motivated by seeing continued success with his clients. 

Today, their mission at Proforma Edge is quite simple: Help companies grow their brands using print, branded merchandise, branded apparel, and online technologies.

About Proforma Edge

Browning’s organization, Proforma Edge, is an affiliate of Proforma and a certified Minority Business Enterprise, and a certified woman-owned business. 

Since they are distributors, working with them and utilizing their extensive supply chain helps organizations achieve their ESG, Tier 1, and Tier 2 objectives. 

Proforma Edge is a friendly bunch and passionate about client service, execution, creativity, and follow-up, follow-up, follow-up! Basically, they’re the “roll up your sleeves and git ‘er done” type for all things commercial printing, direct mail, packaging, branded merchandise, and branded apparel/uniforms.

What does being a minority business, or supporting minority businesses, mean to you?

Over the years I have loved nothing more than helping companies achieve their commercial printing and promotional objectives. And now, as a registered minority-owned business, I’m excited to expand my assistance by helping organizations achieve their ESG and diversity objectives. It’s a great feeling to be able to achieve both and create winning results that ripple through our entire supply chain of providers.

What is one thing you wish you had known when you were starting out in your career?

My mom once told me this, and I wish I took it to heart earlier on: “What one can conceive and believe, one can achieve.”

For more information on Proforma Edge, please visit: theproformaedge.com or follow them on social media: LinkedIn & Instagram.