Nell Posmer

Nell Posmer

The Artist

Co-Founder of Blue Diamond Athletic Displays with her husband Ken Posmer

Downers G rove resident, Nell Posmer was introduced to drawing by her mother at young age. At age of 12, her very first painting won the first place in one of the Art Competitions in the Island of Sri-Lanka. That was it! She fell in love with it ever since.
Mostly self-taught with some training under a renowned artist Adam Belt (His work is at the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego) with his help, Nell was able to find her way through the canvas.
Her painting style is free from restrictions. She tends to mix different types of painting technique to achieve what she hopes to accomplish.
Nell was selected to be the official artist for the Chicago inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll half marathon in 2009. She has also been chosen in 2010 as the official artist to create a painting to raise funds for the Chicago Cancer Society.
Nell worked from her Art Gallery in Elmhurst in the past, now she will be displaying her artwork at www.athleticdisplays.com Please visit page “Paintings by Nell” for more info.
You will find her during summer months, painting away in the garage with her two kids along with other neighborhood kids for fun.
During upcoming “Meet the Artist” event, she will speak about her painting style and how she picks her subject matter in depth. Please stop by on Sep. 17th between 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. by the North Gallery for this event.

Andy Querio

Andy Querio

Meet Andy…

“My name is Andy Querio and I live in Aurora, IL. I have been a very happy customer of Nell and Ken at Blue Diamond Athletic Displays since their beginning. But, more than that, I have been proud and good friends with both of them over these many years. I’ve watched them sprout from a small seed and continue to grow over the years to where they help runners across the country proudly display their many accomplishments. The product speaks for itself – solid, heavy duty, and unique to each runner’s tastes. They both understand and get runners, aware of what makes us tick, and work with each individual.

Nell and Ken worked with my idea and helped create a special medal display for my special year of 12 half-marathons in 2015. They also, made another unique design that they worked with me to make to support the team I run with – Team DetermiNation, an endurance fundraising part of the American Cancer Society where each athlete on the team participates in races and raises money to support the mission of ACS. I’ve run 13 marathons and many half-marathons as part of this team “making every mile more meaningful” over the last 20 years – with Nell and Ken being great supporters of me and this mission.

This next year, building on my 69.1 Half-Ironman Duathlon, to tackle marathon #14 and my first 70.3 Half-Ironman, I’m sure I will be ringing Nell’s phone to que up a new display. In summary, Nell and Ken and the Blue Diamond Athletic Display team are a terrific example of a family owned business doing great things and very happily, proudly, and passionately supporting the sport and the community they love.”

Dave Ross

Dave Ross

Meet Dave…

I’ve been running for some 37 years now, since I was a freshman in high school. I ran some OK times as a younger man including a 1:12:57 half marathon and 2:36:57 for the marathon. As a master I’ve run under 3 hours for the marathon a handful of times including a 2:59:43 at CIM in 2016 at age 49.

I’m planning on running the USATF National Club Cross Country Championships in Spokane On December 8th and then half marathon races in January and in early March. After that I plan to try to switch gears and run some shorter, faster races in the sing and summer and will probably look to run a ‘fast’ half marathon in the fall. No full marathons on my plate right now. I just plan to get healthy and hopefully run fast!

I am a fan of Blue Diamond because they make great products that are customized for runners around the world, but I’m an even bigger fan of the people behind the products.

Blue Diamond is a company founded by runners FOR runners. Ken and Nell and their family are all the most incredible hard working people. I love to hear them celebrating the accomplishments of the folks who buy their products, but I also love to hear the stories of how their company has grown over the years. They’ve become the official medal display suppliers for some very big races and that’s amazing to see. I know how hard they’ve all worked to get where they are today.

Kathleen Taylor

Kathleen Taylor

Meet Kathleen and Aiden…

“I bought my first Blue Diamond athletic display years ago when the company first started. (I wasn’t sure of the year). I met Nell at a local race and fell in love with the displays. When Aiden started accumulating medals Blue Diamond made him a custom display which he loves. I think I’ve bought a total of 5 displays. They are the best. The craftsmanship is beyond amazing and I love supporting a local small business.

Aiden and I are in the process of running a half marathon in every state. Aiden ran his first half marathon at age 6 and will finish his 50th in October 2019 at the age of 11, thus setting a world record to be the youngest to do so.

Next up is Rehoboth Beach half December 8; Louisiana half in January; Love chocolate half in Georgia in February and Myrtle Beach half in March.

Aiden has walked away with quite a few awards at various races. He set a new PR on thanksgiving at the Fox and the Turkey 4 miler with a time of 31:22. His mile time is 7:22.”