Turnils Adds Product Manager, Soft Treatment Specialist
Turnils North America, Suwanee, GA, has added Bill Whyte and Jeanette Silloway to its marketing department.
Whyte joined Turnils as senior product manager effective May 2008. In his new position he manages and directs overall product development, product management, product purchasing and technical support.
Prior to joining the company, Whyte was employed as vice president of operations and manufacturing for a major window coverings distributor from 2003 to 2008. During his years in the window coverings industry, he has managed the functional areas of manufacturing, accounting, customer service, inventory control, product information and supplier network. Other previously held positions in the industry include plant manager and operations manager.
Silloway joined Turnils as soft treatment program specialist effective June 2008. She is responsible for all phases of a new soft treatment program scheduled to be launched in August 2008. Her role will encompass all aspects of the new program including customer service, product management, accounting, training and technical support.
Silloway has 30-plus years of experience in the soft window treatments industry, ranging from working as an apprentice seamstress to owning her own workroom. Her previous endeavors were focused in the Washington, DC; Baltimore and Annapolis, MD, triangle, as well as the eastern shore of Maryland. Most recently she has successfully managed the Sophia Soft Treatment Collection at Aveno Window Fashions, Inc. for the past 18 months.
Comfortex’s Marusak Inducted into NY Business
Hall of Fame
Thomas Marusak, co-founder and president of Comfortex Window Fashions, Maplewood, NY, has been inducted into the Tech Valley (NY) Business Hall of Fame.
Induction into the Hall of Fame, organized by Junior Achievement of Northeastern New York and the Center for Economic Growth, is considered a preeminent business award for the capital region of upstate New York. The inductees form an illustrious group and are noted for their leadership in enhancing free enterprise and for their contributions to the Tech Valley community. Since its inception 13 years ago, 38 people have been inducted.
Somfy Adds Harkness, Rosenfeld to Interior
Somfy Systems Inc., Cranbury, NJ, welcomes Thomas Harkness as its technical services coordinator to the Interior Products Division team. Harkness brings more than 12 years of design, sales and project management of residential and multi-dwelling unit electronic control systems.
In his new position, Harkness will be responsible for integrating motorized shades in residential applications and for providing integration solutions and technical service.
Somfy also welcomes Steven Rosenfeld as its business development manager for drapery and shade systems to the Interior Products Division team. Rosenfeld joins Somfy with more than 25 years experience in the window fashions industry. His background includes sales and product management for companies including Springs Window Fashions, Elmar Window Fashions and The Robert Allen Group.
In his new position, Rosenfeld is responsible for developing sales channels for the Glystro® motorized drapery range as well as other motorized fabric shade systems.
Hopkins Named to the Power 100 List
Marv Hopkins, president and CEO, Hunter Douglas Inc., Upper Saddle River, NJ, has again been named one of the Power 100: The Movers and Shakers in Home by home furnishings trade magazine, HFN.
The annual listing includes retailers, manufacturers, marketers and designers and other home influencers. This is the fifth consecutive year Hopkins has made the list. In naming Hopkins to the list, the compliers cited continued Hunter Douglas dominance as the leading manufacturer of custom window fashions even in a tough market.
“Of course, I’m pleased with this recognition,” Hopkins said. “It’s a credit to the talents and dedication of my colleagues at Hunter Douglas and our extended family of fabricators, dealers and designers.”