Our Story

Certified Labeling Solutions, Inc. is a flexographic custom printing company owned by Joe Braun.  In 1981 he graduated from Seton Hall University then pursued sales with Wallace until 1986 when he bought out Tri Graphic Label and started his own business.  While he began his roots in the printing industry, he built lasting relationships with contacts who are still customers of Certified to this day.  During the acquisition of Tri Graphic label in 1986, Rich Pokorny came on board with him as the production manager.  Rich was already familiar with the Tri Graphic business and accounts.  In addition to that he had past experience in other printing and packaging facilities and was a perfect fit for Certified Labeling’s team. Rich is now the Operations Manager and oversees the entire facility including production, quality assurance and shipping.

Just a year after Tri Graphic became a part of Certified Labeling Solutions, Reynolds was acquired.  During that time, two key people also became a part of the Certified team.  Elaine Darabant, who began in the shipping department in 2001, is now our shipping and quality control manager.  She is responsible for overseeing our team in shipping and receiving.  She’s responsible for ordering supplies for all of Certified’s jobs. She maintains finished goods inventory as well as customer requests for releasing products and scheduling shipments. Certified Labeling’s other key person is our senior press operator Dave Bastista.  Dave had experience working in the printing industry since 1991 and he’s been running our presses and leading our team of five operators since 2001.

In the office, our family begins with Joe Braun and Rich Pokorny who are well rooted in the company.

Next, Jennifer Walters came aboard in 2002 who from the start took over the customer service and order entry for the majority of business the company had.  With a background in fine art and being very detail oriented, she has an excellent understanding of the various printing processes.  She sincerely appreciates our customers and puts the time and effort into making sure all of them are taken care of. Jennifer was joined by Maria Billups in 2004, who, came on as customer service for another one of Joe’s acquisitions, Barcode Label.   Maria is our resident expert on barcode labels and is now building new customer relationships.  Maria is an extremely outgoing individual, is detail oriented and goes the extra mile to find the right solutions for a customer’s labeling needs.

Certified Labeling Solution’s senior salesman is John Richards.  John’s extensive label background began in 1969 as a salesman for Holman Label, moving up to President of the company until it closed in 2003.  From 2003 to 2009 he was with Lizard Label until he joined Certified Labeling in 2009.  His extensive knowledge of products and solutions for our customer’s labeling needs is an asset to Certified’s family.

Also in the office is our accountant Yvette Saad who oversees all accounts payables and receivables as well as contributes overseeing sales management. Yvette has been a part of the Certified family since 2004. Speaking of family, Joe’s  daughter, Kristen Braun, is now a part of Certified crew!  She joined us full time after graduating from Ryder University in 2012.  Kristen supports our accounting and sales department by assisting with collections, invoicing and filing.

Last but not least, our production assistant is Jay Jelicks. Jay joined our shipping department in 2010.  From there we utilized his detail oriented work habits and positioned him as our production assistant.  Daily tasks include setting up paper and jobs for our presses to run, managing material inventory and running the thermal printed jobs for barcodes and consecutively numbered jobs.

We may be a small team, but with our knowledge, dedication and determination, Certified Labeling Solutions is a trustworthy, family oriented business that strives to offer the best support and products for their customers.

Certified Labeling Solutions is a vendor who I have worked with for over 7 years. Every member of the staff that I have worked with is dedicated, reliable and super-efficient. Their customer service is outstanding and they not only deliver with a smile, they are also there to help when there is a problem and go over and above the call of duty! I am lucky to work with such a reliable and friendly vendor.
Lisa Walters
AAA Labels
We have been doing business with Certified Labeling for over ten years. Everyone on staff is a pleasure to work with and they always do their best to meet our scheduling needs. They do a great job and stand behind their product.
Sally Lewis
American Printing, Westchester NY
Certified Labeling is a great company and ships our orders on a timely basis. Customer service does a superior job in getting the artwork to us for approval. Many thanks!
Sharon Jones
Packaging Coordinator / Domino Foods
CLS takes extra care in building customer relationships. Their staff is highly knowledgeable, personable, and hardworking. I’m pleased to be working with CLS.
Arash Thompson
Associate Packaging Coordinator / American Sugar Refining
As a veteran customer of Certified Labeling Solutions, they consistently meet our needs, our expectations, troubleshoot our challenges, and appear to get it done in a faster than light time frame.
Steven Ortega
Plant Manager / Lipo Chemicals
Certified Labeling Solutions is one of our most trusted partners manufacturing quality labels always in a timely manner. Their customer service is friendly, knowledgeable, and technically savvy and they stand behind their products. It is a pleasure doing business with Certified.
Dennis Kiernan
President / Preferred Business