Newell Window Furnishings/Kirsch, Freeport, IL, announces the promotions of three key executives.
Jeff Powell has been named the new vice president of merchandising with responsibility for all merchandising activities including product development, product management and marketing communications. Powell has been with Newell for 12 years, most recently as vice president of sales.
Dave Kuehneman and Tim Mueller were named vice presidents of sales. They will be responsible for the sales management of various accounts. Kuehneman has been with Newell for 10 years. He is a former sales director for The Home Depot. He brings a solid background to his new role including a variety of account representation and sales management positions.
Mueller has been with Newell Rubbermaid for six years and has 10 years of experience in the hardware/home center industry. He most recently was national sales manager for Newell Rubbermaid's EZ Paintr Division.
COMFORTEX FILLS MANUFACTURING, ENGINEERING POSTS
Comfortex Window Fashions, Maplewood, NY, announces three appointments in manufacturing and engineering positions.
Jim Barss has been named director of manufacturing. In his new position he will oversee product development and process improvements in the company's cellular and sheer window shading manufacturing departments. Barss joined the company in 1991 and has been instrumental in its growth. Prior to joining Comfortex he was with Ball Metal Container and Griffith Micro Science.
Gregg A. Laurie has been named to fill the newly created position of vice president of manufacturing and engineering. He will manage the company's multiple manufacturing facilities and engineering departments in various locations throughout the United States. Laurie joined Comfortex in 1997 as plant manager. Prior to that he was with Masco Corp. as a divisional plant manager, product/process engineer and as research and development manager.
Raymond E. Randall Jr. has been named to fill the newly created position of product engineering department manager. In this position he will manage the company's engineering department. He will provide the business with innovative engineering and manufacturing services from conceptual design to packaging and shipment of product. Prior to joining the company Randall worked with IBM Corp. as central engineer and with Harding Mfg. Corp. as president. He provides a solid background in plastic engineering and process expertise.
YOUNT NAMED DESIGNER BLINDS' COO
Designer Blinds, Omaha, NE, announces the appointment of Dan Yount as chief operating officer. He has been director of finance at the company since 1995.
Other changes at Designer Blinds also were announced.
Mike Herman has been appointed director of marketing and product development. He has been with the company as director of operations for 13 years.
Steve Woodworth has been named director of operations. He has been with the company since 1991. He managed the Designer Blinds Kansas City, KS, branch and served as director of sales and marketing.
Andrew Hubner has been named sales manager. He started with the company in 1993 as sales representative based in Denver, CO. He also has served as manager of the company's Kansas City branch since 1997.
Scott Bliven has been appointed plant production manager. He is an 18-year veteran of the window coverings business and has been production manager for vertical blinds at the company for eight years.
Randy Worth has been named production training manager. He has been with the company for five years as production manager in horizontal blinds and honeycomb shades.
JONES TOP EISENHART SALESPERSON
Ken Jones received the Rhino Award in October 1999 as top salesperson at the Direct Distribution Sales Conference for Eisenhart Wallcovering Co., Hanover, PA. Jones was awarded for overall excellence in all aspects of his territory: in establishing new accounts, book plan retention, stock sales, room lot sales and merchandising programs.
Baby Rhino Award, second prize, was awarded to Corky McCorquodale. Joy Webb was recognized for continuously surpassing sales goals throughout the year by winning the Show Me the Money Award.
MASON JOINS MARK WINDOW PRODUCTS
Soni Mason has joined Mark Window Products, Santa Ana, CA, as a sales representative. Her responsibilities will be calling on and servicing dealers in the Palm Springs and Inland Empire areas of southern California.
Mason brings an extensive 12-year window fashions background to her new post. She recently served in a wholesale sales capacity for several leading window treatment suppliers where she earned many sales awards.
U.S. SAMPLE EXPANDS SALES STAFF
U.S. Sample Corp., Chicago, IL, has expanded its sales staff with the addition of Lynne Bozajian and Ed Whelan.
Bozajian, most recently with ISG/Economy, has more than 10 years experience designing and delivering merchandising programs for major window coverings and textile firms. Her prior window coverings experience was as brand manager with LouverDrape. Bozajian will focus on providing creative ideas for customers located primarily west of the Mississippi River.
Whelan brings more than 15 years of textile and trimming merchandising experience to his new post. Previously he represented ISG/Economy in those same industries. Whelan will focus his efforts on the East Coast with a strong emphasis on the textile industry.
WINDOW FASHIONS INC. WELCOMES GRAFTON
Window Fashions Inc., Cheswick, PA, welcomes Bissy Grafton to its customer service department. Grafton has more than 11 years experience as an administrative assistant.
RAPPAPORT PROMOTED AT FSC
David Rappaport has been promoted to Northeastern Regional Sales Manager for FSC Home Interiors Group, New York, NY.
Rappaport started his career with F. Schumacher & Co. in 1989 as a management trainee in the Wallcovering Division. In 1990 he became the sales representative in the New York and New Jersey territories and most recently his territories included Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virgina.
In his new capacity Rappaport will be responsible for all the sales representatives in the Northeast. He will communicate the latest brand strategies to sales reps and oversee the profitability of accounts in his region.
PRESTIGE ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENTS
Prestige Window Fashions, Edison, NJ, announces four appointments initiated by business growth.
Phil Goldweitz, a principal of the firm, has assumed the position of vice president, national account sales.
Mike Baumel has been appointed general manager, operations. He brings more than 40 years of manufacturing experience to his new post.
John Branyan has joined the company in the newly created position of director of quality assurance. He brings with him 18 years of experience with Levolor Home Fashions and Del Mar Window Coverings where he was responsible for quality management for plants in the United States and Mexico.
Diana Ammon has joined the company as account executive in the northern New England region. She brings 21 years of sales experience with Levolor Home Fashions and Del Mar Window Coverings to her new post.
IN MEMORIAM: ROCKLAND FOUNDER, CHAIRMAN
Alexander John "Zandy" Leaderman, founder and chairman of the board of Rockland Industries, Inc., Baltimore, MD, died November 5, 1999, following a fall in his home on October 28. He was 80.
Leaderman founded Rockland Industries in 1944 when he purchased the Rockland Bleach & Dye Works in Brooklandville, MD, the oldest corporation in Baltimore County having been founded 30 years before the Civil War. Rockland has become the world's largest manufacturer of drapery liners. Its success is based largely on the patented fabric Roc-lonŽ.
Leaderman started his first business while still in high school. After graduating in 1938 he entered the U.S. Army and served four years in Europe beginning as a private and attaining the rank of captain. He was decorated by Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower at the signing of the peace treaty in Reims, France.
In 1957 Leaderman graduated from the Executive Training Program at Columbia University. His army experience taught him the business market was much bigger than just the United States. Rockland reports sales in more than 80 countries and has received two awards from the U.S. Department of Commerce for excellence in exporting.