Industry gift category pioneer and Carpentree, Inc. founder, Dan Hobson, passed away on March 1.

Dan and his wife of 47 years, Ginny, spent over 40 years in Christian retailing, creating uplifting and inspirational gifts and décor, providing visionary leadership and innovation within the Christian gift industry, and mentoring others through the growth of their company.

“CBA is saddened at the passing of Dan Hobson. As founder of Carpentree, Inc., Dan used his talents and dream to help pioneer the gift business in Christian retailing—now a staple of Christian stores that brings joy and encouragement to people around the world, ” said CBA President Curtis Riskey. “We’re thankful to Dan for his vision, his courage, and his heart for sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ through gift products. He will be missed by many.”

Dan possessed an entrepreneurial spirit, turning his woodworking talent, a passion for God’s Word, and his love of people into a viable business. Starting Carpentree in 1976, Dan and Ginny began by taking their products to various craft shows and then to the Christian trade industry through the CBA convention, where their art was well received and their business grew, gaining national interest.

But the Hobsons didn’t always experience a smooth ride to success.

With the advent of the recession in the 1980’s, the business neared bankruptcy. In an interview with CBN, Dan shared that he believed so deeply that God wanted him to continue doing what he was doing, though, he turned down a job offer and renewed his commitment to his company.

This determination and trust in God’s provision took Carpentree from a garage hobby to an international business—from creating booth walls for displaying products at trade shows to designing projects for major motion pictures, such as The Passion of the Christ; to growing their company in 2015 through the acquisition of inspirational gifts and décor company, The Faith Collection, and expanding to a larger building last year.

Dan’s sense of adventure and fun and his delight in mentoring and encouraging others will be remembered and missed by those who had the privilege of knowing him.

Dan’s son, Jordan Hobson, will carry on the Carpentree legacy in his continued leadership role.

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