Beth Hodges, of Beth Hodges Soft Furnishings, Elberton, GA, has been elected president of the Window Coverings Association of America (WCAA). The announcement was made at an association reception held in Baltimore, MD, in April during the International Window Coverings Expo.
Teresa Grysikiewicz, of Interior Attire, Jacksonville, FL, was named vice president and Larry Lariviere, of Larry’s Custom Interiors, Portsmouth, NH, was named treasurer.
TECHNIKU CEO JOINS WCMA BOARD
Tim Bates, president and CEO of Techniku, Bloomfield, CO, has been appointed secretary for the Window Covering Manufacturers Association’s (WCMA) Board of Trustees.
The WCMA is the trade association for North American manufacturers and fabricators of window covering products and their suppliers. It also is a standard-writing organization accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Additionally, the WCMA sponsors the annual Product Innovation Awards, providing a forum to celebrate industry product and program innovations.
Carolynn Jennings, WCMA executive director, stated that Bates “has taken an immediate leadership role in the organization as well as in the technical committees, and has provided members with invaluable insight into the automation category.”
SUPERIOR ADDS NEW CUSTOMER SERVICE REP
Southern California-based Superior Roman Shades™ has announced that Yazmin Diaz has joined its customer service staff. Diaz’s background is in custom window treatment sales and customer service.
SAUNDERS JOINS GULF COAST WINDOW COVERING
Gulf Coast Window Covering, Houston, TX, has announced the addition of April Saunders to its Dallas sales team.
Saunders comes to Gulf Coast with more than 17 years of sales experience with the last 10 years spent in a retail window coverings environment. She will be responsible for accounts located in Dallas and its surrounding areas as well as eastern Texas.
ELMAR ADDS TO SALES TEAM
Elmar Window Fashions®, Willow Grove, PA, announces four new consultants within its sales organization.
Jim Light, strategic accounts manager, will support the company’s efforts with its national and regional customers.
Kevin Monsell, northern New Jersey sales consultant; Ed Neff, Tennessee sales consultant; and Vanessa McDonnell, Georgia and Alabama sales consultant, are added assets to the Elmar sales team and will support both new and existing customers in their regions with business building solutions.
COTTON LINE ANNOUNCES NEW TOP OFFICERS
Cotton Line, Inc., Oakbrook Terrace, IL, has named David S. Corso president and CEO. Before joining Cotton Line Corso was an executive manager in charge of marketing and pricing in North America for Asahi Seiko of Japan.
Rod Maksimovic had been named director of marketing. He will oversee creative marketing, branding and customer relationship strategies. Before joining Cotton Line Maksimovic was an executive marketing manager in the industrial field with Bodine Electric Co.
Cotton Line, Inc. is the Western Hemisphere manager of sales for KBI Mills, a worldwide textile manufacturer. Its founder, Tariq H. Cheema, will assume new responsibilities managing production and delivery for its textile operations in Pakistan, Germany, Australia, Turkey, Hong Kong, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates.
At its spring board of directors meeting, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), Des Plaines, IL, named immediate past president Mark Brick, Certified Remodeler (CR), of B&E General Contractors, Inc., Glendale, WI, its chairman of the board and named Joan Stephens, CR, of Stronghold Construction, Boise, ID, as its president for the coming year. Paul Winans, CR, of Winans Construction, Oakland, CA, was elected president-elect.
Brick has served as the association’s president for the past year and will now assume responsibilities as chairman, while Stephens plans to focus on NARI’s presence in the media and legislative issues, as well as educational outreach to remodelers.