ELMAR ADDS SHUTTER SPECIALIST
Elmar Window Fashions®, Willow Grove, PA, announces Kevin Lavery
as the new Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Shutter Specialist. Lavery’s
primary objective is to develop Elmar’s shutter business and
support both new and existing retailers with selling, measuring and
Lavery has been with the company for five years and has experience
in many roles within the company. Most recently he was the Customer
Education and Employee Development Manager, where he specialized in
training dealers on both Heritance® Hardwood and Palm Beach™
Custom Shutters. Elmar is a full-line, exclusive Hunter Douglas fabricator.
COMFORTEX NAMES WILSON PHOENIX PLANT
Comfortex Corp., Maplewood, NY, has appointed Kevin G. Wilson
to the position of plant manager of its fabrication facility in
Phoenix, AZ. He will lead the effort to increase fabrication production
efficiencies and oversee the fabrication of new product at the site.
Wilson brings more than 30 years of manufacturing experience in
such fields as oil tools, aerospace, water purification products
and most recently the window treatments industry. He also has worked
as a fabrication efficiency consultant and has extensive window
fashions operations experience.
SOMFY APPOINTS LOPRIORE, ACKERMAN
Somfy Systems, Inc., Cranbury, NJ, announces the appointment of Tracy
LoPriore as Product Marketing Manager for Interior Window Coverings.
In her new position, LoPriore will be responsible for developing and
implementing strategic marketing programs for the interior window
coverings market. She formerly was a Product Marketing Manager at
Philips Consumer Electronics.
Somfy also announces the appointment of Marty Ackerman as Systems
Integrations Engineer. Ackerman brings 10 years of experience from
BEI Automation where he engineered and marketed a product line to
audiovisual systems integrators.
In his new position, Ackerman will be liaison between Somfy and home
automation and audio/video manufacturers, educating them about the
methods of integrating Somfy products with theirs so they can offer
their customer base a seamless window shade control.
KNOTT AWARDED CMG CHAIRHOLDER STATUS
Bruce Knott, Manager of Dealer Training and Development at Springs
Window Fashions LP, Middleton, WI, has been awarded Chairholder
status by Color Marketing Group (CMG), an international association
for color and design professionals. The distinction is conferred
to recognize the time and commitment individuals have contributed
to CMG’s programs. Knott will be one of 15 new CMG Chairholders
honored at its 2004 Fall International Conference in Rancho Mirage,
Knot has been a member of CMG for three years, has contributed to
CMG by actively participating in its last six conferences, has served
as a facilitator for new member training and is currently the vice
chairperson for its Networking Committee.