WCMA NAMES NEW PRESIDENT
The Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA), New York, NY, has named Joseph Jankoski, corporate vice president, merchandising for Hunter Douglas, as its new president. Jankoski succeeds Roger Palmer, who resigned from the post recently to pursue a career in a different industry.
“It is certainly an honor to serve such an important role in the window coverings industry,” said Jankoski. “It is so exciting to see our membership continue to grow, as more and more manufacturers realize the importance of industry solidarity.”
Jankoski is an industry veteran with more than 30 years of experience with Hunter Douglas and Levolor. He has been an active member of WCMA for more than 20 years and served two years as its president in the ’80s.
“I was delighted that Mr. Jankoski accepted the presidency,” said Carolynn Jennings, WCMA’s executive director. “His knowledge of the industry and vision are an incredible asset for the association. I am certain that under his leadership, WCMA will continue to expand the services we offer to our members and the industry.”
WCMA is the trade association for North American manufacturers of window covering products and their suppliers.
ELMAR EXPANDS TEAM OF SALES CONSULTANTS
Elmar Window Fashions™, a full-line Hunter Douglas fabricator, has announced the addition of six new sales consultants in the Southeastern Region. These new hires coincide with the grand opening of a new Southeastern Sales and Service Center in Charlotte, NC, on October 15, 2002.
Wayne Garrick, southeastern regional manager, will direct this team of sales consultants. Kathleen Brown will be responsible for accounts in Georgia and southern Alabama; Karan Griffis, central and northern Florida; Harriet Henderson, South Carolina; Jody Jones, eastern North Carolina; George Kast, western North Carolina and northwestern South Carolina; and Michelle Lanetz, metropolitan Charlotte and Greensboro, NC.
With more than 100 years combined experience in the window fashions industry, this new team will provide Elmar retailers with top-notch service, the company says.
ACME NAMES KRONE ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE
Acme Window Coverings, Ltd., Shelbyville, TN, has named Christy Krone account executive in Tennessee and northern Alabama. She will be responsible for helping dealers and interior designers develop their businesses while supplying custom window coverings.
WAVERLY MOVES MAFFEI-TOOLAN, BENNIE TO DESIGN POSTS
Waverly, New York, NY, announces the promotion of Pamela Maffei-Toolan to vice president, design and the appointment of Susan Bennie as director of design, licensed products for the Waverly Lifestyle Group, a division of F. Schumacher & Co.
Maffei-Toolan will oversee the design, development and improvement of all product lines in the Waverly Lifestyle Group including fabric, wall covering and finished home fashions products. She began her career with Waverly in 1989 as a stylist and was rehired in 1999 as director of design. Prior to Waverly she held the position of director of design at Crown Crafts. Prior to that she was at WestPoint Stevens, Cameo Interiors and Wamsutta.
Bennie assumes responsibility for design and development of the licensed products line for the Waverly brand. In this position she will establish relationships with licensees to create products that complement Waverly fabric and wallpaper collections.
Bennie joins the company from Barth & Dreyfuss where she was vice president of design overseeing the creative direction for specialty stores.
DORN ANNOUNCES STAFF APPOINTMENTS
Dorn Color, Inc., Cleveland, OH, announces several additions to its operations staff to keep pace with industry demands. Dorn is a manufacturer of color cards and sampling products. It recently celebrated its first anniversary in a new manufacturing facility.
Lynn Lynch returns to Dorn Color, Inc. as director of information technology. Lynch will focus on identifying areas for process improvement, developing and implementing IT solutions with a strong emphasis on customer satisfaction. She previously was an independent consultant for Meaden & Moore, L.L.C.
Jim Steffner has been appointed print production services manager. His responsibilities include project management for all printing and print production services in addition to estimating. Steffner brings with him more than 10 years print and graphic experience having worked for Marconi Communications and IKON.
Julie Latkovic has been named to the newly created position of master production scheduler. Her responsibilities include developing production schedules, customer orders and forecasting manufacturing capacity while minimizing inventory and maintaining maximum customer satisfaction. Latkovic brings with her more than seven years production scheduling experience with Lincoln Electric.
Matt Moorman named manager-shipping and receiving. He will oversee the shipping, receiving and warehousing department with emphasis on safety and productivity. Moorman previously was shipping supervisor at R.R. Donnelly.