Elmar Window Fashions®, Willow Grove, PA, announces Todd Garretson as the new general manager of its Southeast Business Unit.
Garretson will lead the company’s sales efforts in the Southeast region and will assist Elmar’s sales consultants in creating strong business solutions to increase sales and store traffic.
FOREST GROUP NAMES WRIGHT VP SALES, MARKETING
Forest Group USA, Cartersville, GA, announces the appointment of Steven Wright as its new vice president of sales and marketing. He joins the company with 15 years of sales and marketing experience from outside the drapery hardware industry.
NEW REP TEAM ADDED FOR LOOMCO / MAEN LINE FABRICS
LoomCo Fabrics/Maen Line Fabrics, Tampa, FL, has added a new sales rep team for the state of Florida. It consists of Ray Wall and Wayne Brett of Ray Wall Associates, Bonita Springs, FL.
The two will cover the entire state from Key West to the Panhandle. Wall has been calling on the window coverings trade in the state for more than 30 years.
COOPER, JACKMAN JOIN BLUE MOUNTAIN
Blue Mountain Wallcoverings, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, welcomes Malcolm Cooper and Shannon Jackman to its design team. The two have a combined total of more than 50 years in the wall coverings industry and are both considered among the most respected authorities on color and home design.
Cooper’s 30-year career has enabled him to work in various areas of the wall coverings industry. He has held positions at Sunworthy Wallcoverings, Borden Home Décor and has been the senior vice president of design with the Imperial Home Décor Group.
Jackman is an experienced and successful home fashions designer. Her career in the wall coverings industry has included positions at Borden and Imperial as well as being chair holder in the Color Marketing Group (CMG)
O'BRIEN NAMED MARKETING VP AT FSC HOME INTERIORS
Kathy O’Brien has been named vice president
of marketing for the FSC Home Interiors Group, New York, NY. She
will be responsible for strategic analysis, planning, market research,
advertising, public relations and merchandising for independent
and national accounts for the Village and Gramercy wallpapers brands
of F. Schumacher & Co. for licensed products.
Most recently, O’Brien was a senior brand manager for Glidden and Ralph Lauren Paint programs at ICI Paints. Prior to that she was marketing manager for Krylon and Martha Stewart paint programs at Sherwin Williams. She is a member of the Color Marketing Group (CMG) and an industry member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID).
IN MEMORIAM: BILL CONRAN
William F. Conran, regional sales manager
for Hunter Douglas Inc., Upper Saddle River, NJ, died January 12,
2004, at his home in Clifton, NJ. He was 71.
Conran was a key player in the growth and development of the Hunter Douglas North America business. During his 27-year tenure, he had his hand in opening and developing most of the present Hunter Douglas fabricators. Conran also was on the front lines in the launch of every product Hunter Douglas introduced over the past three decades from aluminum blinds to Duette® honeycomb shades to Silhouette window shadings to Alouette™ Light Louvers.
“Bill’s integrity and dedication to Hunter Douglas, its fabricators and dealers have been critical to our success over the years,” said Marv Hopkins, president and CEO. “Bill was loved and admired by his customers and treated everyone with respect and dignity. He will be sorely missed, but the superb example of his life and work will long endure for the Hunter Douglas family and the window coverings industry.”
As a young man, Conran volunteered for military service and served two distinguished tours of duty with the U.S. Marines during the Korean War. Among other challenges, he and his unit fought through encirclement by much larger enemy forces at the Chosin Reservoir battle during the brutal first winter of that war.
After the Marines, Conran joined Levolor and then spent seven years with Alcan, selling aluminum blinds and ceilings for its building products division. When Hunter Douglas purchased the business from Alcan in 1976, it acquired the services of Conran as well.
At Conran’s personal request, there will be no funeral or memorial service. Contributions to a favorite cause in his name may be the best way to honor him.