RollEase, Inc., Stamford, CT, has announced several personnel changes.
David Levonick has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing. Most recently he was Director of Sales and Marketing with Linzer Products Corp, a leading producer of paint applicators, where his responsibilities were managing sales to the retail trade while creating a marketing structure. Levonickís extensive sales and management background encompasses a variety of sales management positions for a progression of leading companies including Royal Window Coverings USA, Springs Window Fashions, Braun-Gillette and Rubbermaid/Newell.
Rod Iverson has been appointed Western Regional Manager. With more than 22 years experience in the window coverings industry he has held positions with Comfortex, Levolor and MechoShade. Iversonís responsibilities include servicing existing accounts, opening new accounts, presenting new products and partnering with his customers to grow their businesses profitably.
Jerry Rivera has been promoted to International Regional Manager. He now is responsible for sales in all global markets.
Maria-Teresa (Mayte) Jennings has been promoted to Manager Product Development.
Jennings has extensive engineering experience in design, manufacturing and marketing support for a variety of industries. Her new role will focus on new product conceptualization and design, and she will manage the activities of the engineering department.
ROSALES JOINS SUPERIOR ROMAN SHADES
Superior Roman Shades of California announced that Edwin Rosales has recently joined its customer service department. He has worked in customer service, installation and sales of hard window coverings for the past five years.
IN MEMORIAM: VALERIE COHEN
Valerie Petacque Cohen, former publisher of Draperies & Window Coverings and Interiors & Sources magazines, died August 7. She is survived by her husband David, sons Frank (Linda) and Leonard and a granddaughter, Helen.
Cohen began with L.C. Clark Publishing Co. in January 1982 as a sales representative and was later named publisher of two of its publications. She left the company in January 1996.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in her memory to the Arlington Cancer Center, 906 W. Randol Mill Rd., Arlington, TX 76012.
IN MEMORIAM: LUTHER PIDGEON
Luther A. Pidgeon, president of Draper, Inc., Spiceland, IN, died
July 5. He was the grandson of Luther O. Draper, founder of the
company, and joined the firm upon his graduation from Purdue University
With the exception of his service in the U.S. Army during the Second World War, Pidgeon spent the remaining 64 years of his life at Draper and assumed its presidency from his father, Elmer Pidgeon, in 1960.
In 1957, Luther Pidgeon decided to add projection screens to the companyís product offering. Today Draper is the second largest manufacturer of projection screens in the world. He also was instrumental in the development of the companyís window shade and gymnasium equipment product lines.
Pidgeon maintained an active interest in the companyís affairs until the final days of his life. Draper will continue under the ownership and management of Lutherís son John Pidgeon and nephews Michael Broome and Chris Broome.