GILLESPIE HEADS NATIONAL SALES AT ROLLEASE
RollEase, Inc., Stamford, CT, announces the appointment of Elizabeth “Betsy” Gillespie to the position of Director of National Sales. She was most recently with Phoenix Systems, a multi-million dollar home automation systems firm, where she succeeded in significantly elevating annual sales of automated systems and individual components to commercial and residential markets. She also provided valuable expertise in coordinating the efforts of architects, electricians and building contractors to ensure the seamless installation of systems at on-site projects.
The scope of Gillespie’s extensive sales and management background encompasses a progression of leading firms including her tenure as Vice President of Sales at H. Cotler Co., a New York City-based apparel firm whose annual sales total over $100 million.
ITA APPOINTS TYNER
In what it sees as a major expansion of its product development and customer support capabilities, ITA, Inc., St. Augustine, FL, has appointed Jim Tyner as its new vice president of manufacturing.
Tyner will focus on designing and launching new products and developing innovations to existing products. He also will spearhead the strengthening of ITA’s ongoing fabricator support programs.
Tyner brings decades of technical and administrative expertise in the window fashions industry to his new post. His background includes management positions with the Profile Corp. and 3-Day Blinds Co. In recent years he has served as an independent consultant for several window fashions companies including Richview Window Coverings and ITA, Inc.
As a volunteer with the International Executive Service Corps, Tyner helped convert manufacturing plants in the former Soviet Union from weapons production to window fabrication.
FRAKER NEW TEXTON REGIONAL MANAGER
Garland, TX, has appointed Stu Fraker to the position of South Texas Regional Manager. Fraker will be responsible for assisting dealers on a daily basis in their marketing, merchandising and store management efforts.
Fraker comes to Texton with 35 years of experience in the window coverings and home furnishings industries. He will work with the company’s network of dealers, who are primarily storefront retailers in Texas and the Southwest, to maximize their business opportunities.
Texton is a regional wholesale fabricator and distributor of interior window fashions for Kensington Window Expressions™.
Elmar Window Fashions™, Willow Grove, PA, has announced the addition of Mark Murphy to its sales team. Murphy joined the company on October 28, 2002, as the sales consultant for Tennessee and northern Alabama.
Murphy was recently self-employed as an owner of a high-end furniture company in Reno, NV.
Elmar is a full-line independent Hunter Douglas fabricator.
WINDOW-SHADE DISTRIBUTORS NAMES LARY NATIONAL SALES DIRECTOR
Window-Shade Distributors, Inc., Houston, TX, has appointed Dan Lary National Sales Director. He brings more than 27 years of window fashions industry experience to the newly created position.
Lary will be responsible for building an expanded sales team and strengthening customer support systems. Previously he had served other national fabricators in a similar capacity.
Window-Shade Distributors is a fabricator and distributor of Kirsch and Levolor branded window coverings products.
IN MEMORIAM: BERNARD KRUGLICK
Bernard “Bud” Kruglick, owner of Elite Draperies, Skokie, IL, died October 28, 2002, after a long battle with leukemia, diabetes and heart disease. He was 74.
Kruglick had been in the window coverings business since his mid-teens when he worked for his uncle, Harry Kruglick, at Hi-Art Draperies. Later, he owned and operated Elite Draperies first from Oak Lawn, IL, then from Wheeling, Buffalo Grove and finally Skokie, IL. A loving husband, father and grandfather and a man devoted to the draperies and wall covering industries, he will be sorely missed.
Kruglick is survived by his wife Millie and his son Louis, who will continue to run Elite Draperies. He also is survived by his son Fred, his daughter Barbara Sucherman and three grandchildren.
Contributions may be sent to Suzanne’s Friends Leukemia Research, 2539 Stonebridge Lane, Northbrook, IL 60062.