Career Track: Companies Add Team Members, Announce Appointments, Promotions


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Kathryn Rowen

Kathryn Rowen

RIPON, Wis. — Alliance Laundry Systems has appointed Kathryn Rowen North American sales manager for its Huebsch, IPSO and Cissell brands, the company reports.

Rowen transitions from senior director of marketing and brands, the company says, which allows her to “leverage her previous marketing experience and proven leadership ability as she provides the sales teams with strategic direction and insights.”

Alliance adds that, in her new role, Rowen oversees regional sales managers and is responsible for the growth of distributor relationships and the enhancement of products and services provided by each of the three brands.

“Under Kathryn’s leadership, our brand campaigns and new-product initiatives were well orchestrated; she produced meaningful work and progress that created enthusiasm among our customers,” says Mike Schoeb, president and CEO of Alliance Laundry Systems. “I am delighted to see Kathryn take on one of the most challenging management roles in the company and look forward to her continued success.”

Rowen has a bachelor of science degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Iowa and an executive MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management of Northwestern University, the company reports. Prior to joining Alliance, she was a general manager for Kohler Company in Kohler, Wis.


BEACON FALLS, Conn. — Lavatec Laundry Technology (LLT) has hired Russ Hubball as senior project engineer, Dave Smith as regional sales manager, and Franklin Frances as field service technician, the company reports.


Dave Smith

Dave Smith

Hubball joins the company with 20 years of manufacturing and fabricating experience, according to LLT.

“Russ is well versed in our industry and has a solid track record,” says Tom Washbrook, vice president of operations. “He understands our commitment to developing high-performance products with cost-reducing features and outstanding reliability for any laundry situation. Working with our sales and engineering teams, his prior experience and success will help him oversee the installation of new equipment and the renovation of existing equipment with our customers.”

Like Hubball, Smith brings with him many years of industry experience to the company, having worked 28 years in various industrial laundry equipment sales and marketing positions, the company says. Smith reports to Washbrook and is based in Wichita Falls, Texas, where he has resided since 1997. He is responsible for company sales in all states west of the Mississippi River, minus Arkansas and Louisiana.


Franklin Frances

Franklin Frances

“After working with the ELX Group/Senking and Washex in the past, Dave Smith brings a wealth of equipment knowledge that will benefit our expanding presence in the industry,” says Washbrook. “His skill with product knowledge, customer associations and problem-solving are the characteristics of his success.”

Frances has several years of manufacturing experience, having worked most recently as an assembly and field service technician at Ward Leonard Electronics.

“Franklin represents new blood that not only is good for Lavatec Laundry Technology but for the industry as well,” Washbrook says. “He’s energetic, has a can-do attitude, and we’re glad to have him join our team.”



Allan Haimes

Allan Haimes

SADDLE BROOK, N.J. — Tingue, Brown & Co. has appointed Allan Haimes as its representative of Central and South America, providing technical support and product sales, the company reports.

Haimes has a business and marketing degree from Mississippi State University, and has extensive professional experience throughout the Caribbean and Latin America, the company adds. He has “proven himself successful” in developing and keeping relationships between suppliers and customers in several fields.

Haimes’ “fluent command of Spanish” will be of benefit, the company says, in addition to the training he’s received from Tingue, Brown staff members.

Haimes says his challenge is to develop new markets wherein the company will serve as customers’ support partner for preventative maintenance.

“Allan’s combination of business education, linguistic facility and enthusiasm make us highly confident of his success in this assignment,” says Dan Koebel, Tingue export director.

Haimes resides in Miami with his wife and children.



Dave Halpern

Dave Halpern

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Diamond Chemical has promoted Dave Halpern to chief financial officer, the company reports.

Halpern joined Diamond Chemical in September 2011 as its director of accounting, the company says, and has more than 25 years of accounting experience. Previously, Halpern held positions within the distribution, manufacturing and promotional industries, according to Diamond Chemical.

“Dave has a broad array of knowledge in corporate finance, financial planning and analysis, as well as implementation of ERP systems,” the company says.

Halpern has a bachelor of science degree in accounting from the State University of New York at Oneonta.


FAIRFIELD, Iowa — Dexter Laundry has promoted Jaimie Johnson to marketing manager, the company reports.

Her tenure with the company has included a summer internship and a role as industrial designer for the engineering department for the last 2 1/2 years, says Craig Kirchner, vice president of sales.

Johnson holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial design from the University of Southern Illinois, where she also minored in marketing.

“Jaimie’s main focus will be to help develop our strategic marketing and advertising plans, and the execution of those plans,” says Kirchner, but her duties also include supporting the company’s entire distribution network with brand marketing materials and services.

“She’s very excited to be a part of the sales and marketing organization at Dexter Laundry,” adds Kirchner.


LOS ANGELES — InvoTech Systems, which provides asset management systems for uniforms, linens and laundry operations, recently appointed Jeff Welles company president.

Welles brings 21 years of experience solving clients’ business problems with advanced technologies to his new post. He had been InvoTech’s vice president for six years.

“My primary objective is to continue our commitment to client success with a focus on emerging technologies,” Welles says. “We will always integrate the newest technologies and apply the most effective solutions for client use. I intend to expand our team, add resources and augment internal procedures to continue providing the highest quality services while expanding our client base and launching InvoTech’s services in new industries.”

Welles began his tenure with InvoTech as a systems specialist in the customer support department. He also served as installation manager and oversaw system implementation and training in multiple markets before moving into directorships in operations, and sales and marketing. Welles also supervised InvoTech’s product development and software enhancements.

InvoTech says its UHF-RFID laundry, linen and uniform systems are installed in businesses worldwide in more than 20 countries.


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