Ron Spies has been promoted to vice president of corporate training for Hunter Douglas Window Fashions, Broomfield, CO. Formerly, he served as director of the company's customer education and development group.
In 1991 Spies was asked to start a traveling trade show exclusively for Hunter Douglas. That was the start of the company's Quest for Excellence program and its corporate seminar group. He has overseen the growth of this department from a staff of three people working on one program to a group of 15 that manages seven distinct training programs.
Spies' involvement with Hunter Douglas began when his father joined the company in 1950. He worked part-time while in college in the late 1960s at its original facility in Riverside, CA, then known as Alcan Aluminum.
DRAPERYPRO FORMS BOARD
DraperyPro, an on-line networking forum for window treatment professionals, has appointed a board headed by founder Dian Garbarini, Designs by Dian, Huntington Beach, CA.
The new board members are: Pamela DeCuir, Pamela DeCuir Interior Designs, Wall Township, NJ; Katherine Fisher, Homestyles, Allentown, PA; Beth Hodges, Beth Hodges Soft Furnishings, Elberton, GA; Linda Principe, Linda Principe Interiors, Cranbury, NJ; and Rick Smith, JDR Windows, Inc., Mt. Kisco, NY.
Garbarini's focus will continue to be the overall administration of the group's e-mail, support services and Web site, www.draperypro.com.
NEWELL/KIRSCH PROMOTES JARECKI, BUSHNELL, SMITH
Newell Window Furnishings/Kirsch, Freeport, IL, has promoted Dave Jarecki to vice president of merchandising. He will be responsible for all merchandising activities including product development, product management and marketing communications. Jarecki has spent the past three years in a variety of merchandising management positions with the company.
Jarecki succeeds Mari Lyn Bushnell who has been named manager of fashion development. She will focus on enhancing Kirsch's line by developing relationships with designers and decorators and managing licensed designer programs.
Kara Smith has been promoted to merchandising manager for decorative drapery hardware. She will be responsible for ensuring Newell/Kirsch's position in the decorative hardware market. Smith joined the company in 1998 after five years with Amerock, the cabinet hardware division of NewellRubbermaid.
MARSHALL JOINS SUPERIOR
Lisa Marshall has joined Superior Fabrics and Superior Shade & Blind, Pompano Beach, FL, as business development manager. She assumes a newly created position working for both companies to develop new business in all product areas.
Marshall most recently was product manager for Tietex International's Specialty Window Products division. She has more than seven years of sales and product management experience serving manufacturers and distributors of window fashions for residential, commercial and specialty markets.
BREWSTER APPOINTS JESSUP
Brewster Wallcovering Co., Randolph, MA, announces the appointment of Bud Jessup to residential sales manager for its southeastern region of the United States.
Jessup joins Brewster with more than 22 years of experience in both residential and commercial wall coverings sales management. He also has held management positions in national accounts, regional operations and national marketing.
ALEXANDER HEADS BTX CUSTOMER SERVICE
BTX Window Automation, Dallas, TX, has named Tim Alexander customer services manager. In his new position, he will oversee the company's order entry, traffic, quality control and systems departments.
Alexander came to BTX in 1997. In addition to his extensive knowledge of window coverings motorization, he has vast experience in computer software and communications. Previously he had worked for Advanced Paradigm, Dallas, TX.
HEITMAN JOINS DOTI
Norma Jean Heitman, an Austin, TX, interior designer, has signed an exclusive agreement with Designs Of The Interior (DOTI), Barrington, IL, to be a licensed owner in the DOTI network of design studios.
With more than 20 years experience in the residential interior design field, Heitman will remain in Austin for DOTI. She had owned and operated The Design Loft for four years serving the residents of the Austin area. Prior to that she had worked with design firms and custom home builders. Heitman is a member of the Home Furnishings International Association, a furniture retailer organization, and the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID).
DOTI is an established high-end residential interior design firm that operates four company-owned studios in addition to its franchise sites.