It was back in 1972 when Ken Bannister, dubbed himself as T.B. (Top Banana) of the International Banana Club. This native Southern Californian handed out banana stickers at photo conventions as Vice President of a manufacturing corporation and everyone smiled and started sending him things to do with bananas. He is the founder of the I.B.C.(International Banana Club). Today, there are more than 17,000 submissions and artifax in the Banana Club Museum in Altadena, California.
Ken has spent 10 years with the Campbell Soup Company as a Sales Manager, then served two different manufacturers as Corporate President. He is a well-known marketing and sales expert,a humorist and lecturer,an accomplished professional photographer,and someone who inspires people to think positively. He is a funny person who knows the power of a sincere smile and being real. He feels "you are not fully dressed unless you put a smile on." He is currently with Century 21 Real Estate in Arcadia, California.
Until this past year, the majority of the membership of this bunch has come from the photographic industry. Now, due to world-wide media exposure to the many positive benefits of membership, this club is "Going Bananas" around the world. There are members in twenty-seven countries, Corporations and School Teachers across the U.S. are using the Banana Club to motivate and encourage employees and students. Organizations around the globe are using the Banana Club as a vehicle to get attention, recognize membership, and to motivate employees, friends and family.