JAMES KLAWITER PROMOTED TO VP, GENERAL MANAGER OF HUNTER DOUGLAS CUSTOM SHUTTER DIVISION
Jim Klawiter has been promoted to the position of Vice President and General Manager of the Custom Shutter Division for Hunter Douglas, Upper Saddle River, NJ.
Previously Business Unit Manager of the Custom Shutter Division based in Gilbert, AZ, Klawiter was charged with establishing a custom shutter program that would stand apart from other offerings and be backed with superior service and support. “He assembled a world-class staff of shutter experts in marketing, training, production and sales who are unrivalled in the market,” said Bob Kopf, President of the Hunter Douglas Custom Shutter Division, Horizontals Blinds Division and Independent Fabricator Group.
Prior to joining Hunter Douglas in 1997, Klawiter held numerous product development and marketing management positions at Springs Window Fashions and Nanik.
JOHNSON NEW WESTGATE WINDOW FASHIONS VP
Cheryl Johnson has joined Westgate, New York, NY, as vice president of window fashions and business development.
Johnson has more than 25 years of experience in the home fashions industry. For the past year, she served as vice president for wood molding at Neilsen Bainbridge, a supplier of frames, framed art and foam core. Prior to joining that firm, she worked for Croscill Home and Waverly for nearly two decades. Johnson was director of window for Croscill; her positions at Waverly included design director for home fashions and director of planning and merchandising.
Johnson pointed out that Westgate is positioned to become a major player in the window coverings category. “Having our own vertical manufacturing operation in China gives us a competitive advantage,” she explained. “Also, having the wealth of creative fabric choices from our American Decorative Fabrics (ADF) division gives us the resources we need to offer the market products that are truly innovative and different.”
Johnson reports to Tom Coughlin, who joined the company earlier this year as executive vice president and general manager for bedding and window treatments. Westgate’s parent company, Home Furnishing International, is making a substantial investment in building its window fashions business.
UNIQUE WHOLESALE ADDS LANTIS, HEARN TO SALES
Unique Wholesale Distributors Inc., Ft. Lauderdale, FL, has added to its sales force.
Brian Lantis is the new sales representative for North Carolina and South Carolina. He comes to his new post from the Pacific Northwest. He will be based out of Raleigh, NC.
Lantis has a varied background in the window coverings business. He started with Hunter Douglas close to eight years ago and moved into business for himself as an independent installer. It was after these experiences he found a home with the Graber product line. He spent the last two and a half years with Source Northwest covering Oregon. There he helped develop a comprehensive builder program for several of his clients.
Ronn Hearn is the new sales rep covering the Gulf Coast region including Florida’s Panhandle, Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana.
Out of little Rock, AK, Hearn has 30 years of experience in the window coverings industry with an extensive sales management background. He has worked for Hunter Douglas, Lafayette and Vista giving him knowledge of all product lines.
G & L Technologies, Cumming, GA, has announced the hiring of Denise Bearden as its new Sales and Marketing Manager. She comes to G & L with more than 16 years of experience in the window fashions industry.
In her new post, Bearden will oversee the sales and marketing efforts, largely surrounding the introduction of new equipment and sales growth of existing systems.
She began her career in the window coverings industry as a district sales manager for Hunter Douglas SE Fabrication Div. Prior to joining G & L, Bearden was with Sunland Shutters as its Southeast marketing representative.
PIC BUSINESS SYSTEMS EXPANDS SALES, MARKETING TEAMS
PIC Business Systems, Inc., San Antonio, TX, recently expanded its sales and marketing teams with the hiring of Todd Acker as Vice President of Sales and Marketing and Ric Schommer as Midwest Region Sales Manager. The new additions play a key role in positioning the company for continued growth through new business development.
Acker has more than 14 years of sales and marketing experience in the transportation industry, most recently as Director of Marketing Research and Planning for Peterbilt Motors Co. At PIC Business Systems, he will research new business opportunities consistent with the company’s growth objectives and its supporting sales and marketing campaigns.
Schommer has more than 14 years of operations and sales-based experience in both the fabrics and window coverings industries, including his previous assignment as Director of Sales for Warren Shade. In his new role with PIC Business Solutions he will be responsible for developing a wide customer base in various market segments across the Midwest.
PIC Business Systems, Inc. is a leading developer of the Web-based Enterprise Resource Planning software that integrates key business-related disciplines and processes, including sales order processing, inventory control, bills of material, product configuration, integrated accounting and financial reporting and customer relationship management, into a single system accessible over the Internet.
WAVERLY APPOINTS NOBERINI DIRECTOR OF DESIGN, LICENSED PRODUCT
Waverly, New York, NY, has announced the appointment of Anthony Noberini to design director, licensed product, Waverly Lifestyle Group, a division of F. Schumacher & Co.
Noberini will be responsible for the design and development of licensed products under the Waverly brand. In addition, he will collaborate with current licensees to continue to bring new designs to existing lines and categories.
Prior to joining F. Schumacher & Co., Noberini was senior designer at High Country Linens designing for such retail chains as Federated, LNT and JC Penney’s. Before that he worked at Bob Timberlake Inc. responsible for development and design of licensed products in the home furnishings category. Noberini also has a textile background and worked as a bedding stylist for both The Bibb Co. and WestPoint Home.
SOMFY ADDS TO SOUTHEAST EXTERIOR DIVISION
Somfy Systems, Inc., Cranbury NJ, has added two new people to its Southeast Exterior Products Division.
Jeff Friant is the division’s new manager. In his new position he will work directly with awning and roll shutter customers. Friant formerly worked for an engineering consulting firm that specialized in the design of HVAC systems.
Jesse Demick has been hired as a field service representative. His responsibilities will be to inform and educate awning and rolling shutter dealers about the latest developments in Radio Technology Somfy® (RTS). He also will provide technical assistance, literature and point-of-sale materials on RTS controls.