Techniku, Broomfield, CO, has announced the promotion of Nicole Lauer to National Sales and Marketing Manager for North and South America.
With the promotion, Lauer will be responsible for managing national accounts and strategic partnerships, understanding the industry’s product requirements and communicating those needs internally, building a comprehensive home automation program and designing marketing programs focused on the various levels of the window coverings industry.
In 1998, Lauer joined Techniku as marketing coordinator, becoming the company’s first hired U.S. employee. During the past seven years she has contributed to the marketing, sales and customer service departments, developing a broad range of knowledge in the field of window coverings and home automation.
“With a continual focus on gathering information and building partnerships, we expect her to be successful in growing the market for all automated products,” stated Herman Koot, owner and CEO.
Techniku is a leader and innovator of automation solutions for the window coverings industry. It has international locations in the United States and the Netherlands.
SCHNEIDER JOINS NIEN MADE
Suzanne Schneider has joined Nien Made as its National Marketing Manager for The Home Depot account. In this new position, Schneider will be responsible for new program development, developing account specific marketing plans and materials and working with The Home Depot design team.
Prior to joining Nien Made, Schneider served as marketing manager for Royal Window Coverings. She brings her industry and management experience to her new position working in Atlanta, GA.
3 BLIND MICE HIRES TWO NEW DISTRICT MANAGERS
Scot Dietz, president and owner, 3 Blind Mice Window Coverings, Inc., San Diego, CA, has announced the hiring of two new District Managers for Los Angeles/ Orange County, CA, and Las Vegas, NV.
Brent Bassett, Temecula, CA, will be responsible for developing the Orange County/Los Angeles market. Bassett has a strong business-to-business sales background and was most recently employed by McBee Systems in San Diego. Bassett will be responsible for hiring a sales team, business development and marketing.
Christopher Breiter, Las Vegas, NV, was appointed District Manager for the Las Vegas area. Breiter has 12 years of high-volume retail management experience and has worked for major firms including Disneyland where he supervised 200 employees, Calvin Klein and 3-Day Blinds. Breiter will be responsible for operations, business development, sales and marketing.
ACME EXPANDS FIELD SALES COVERAGE
Acme Window Coverings, Willowbrook, IL, has added two more salespeople to provide additional attention to its growing list of customers in the Midwest.
Court Fox is based in Minneapolis, MN, covering the upper Midwest region. Fox has more than 30 years experience with Hunter Douglas Window Fashions and will be building on that knowledge to help Acme customers grow their businesses.
Christina Kline is based in Cleveland, OH, and makes calls in northern Ohio. Kline has a background in advertising through retail stores and has already had success bringing this talent to Acme dealers.
Acme Window Coverings is an exclusive full-line fabricator of Hunter Douglas products and serves the midwestern United States.
JO ANN BREZETTE MEDICAL ASSISTANCE FUND ESTABLISHED
Friends of Jo Ann Brezette have organized a medical assistance
fund to help this well-known, 30-year window coverings industry
veteran defray the costs of treatments and equipment necessary as
a result of a vitreus hemorrage, which has caused the loss of sight
in one eye and partial loss of sight in the other.
Brezette, who resides in Indianapolis, IN, has and will make multiple trips to Chicago, IL, to meet with a physician specialist with the experience to perform the surgeries she needs. She has already undergone four surgeries. In addition, she expects to need approximately $20,000 worth of special equipment to return to work reading, writing and preparing for teaching engagements.
Brezette’s friends and industry members have come together to help. Steve Beard serves as executive contact and Brezette’s sister, Kathy Brezette Wilson, has agreed to administer the funds and provide reports.
Monetary donations may be sent to: Jo Ann Brezette Medical Assistance Fund, Account #982333276, Kathy Brezette Wilson, 6325 Guilford Ave., Suite 206, Indianapolis, IN 46220.