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Career Track: Companies Announce New Hires, Personnel Moves

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American Dawn; Venus Group; Gurtler Industries

AMERICAN DAWN HIRES LANDRY AS DIRECTOR OF GLOBAL SOLUTIONS

jeff landryLOS ANGELES — As part of its new growth initiatives to expand market share in manufactured garments, napery and aprons, American Dawn (ADI) has named Jeff Landry its director of global solutions. Landry and his family of five reside in Cincinnati.

With 26 years of experience, Landry is the former chief operating officer of Regent Manufacturing, plus served stints at Red Kap and Cintas.

“We intend to leverage Jeff’s formidable talents in global sourcing and manufacturing, as well as his knowledge of core apparel lines and private label programs, to support our major growth objectives,” says Vyto Tozer, ADI executive vice president.

To support its targeted growth initiative, ADI has also formed an Executive Supply Chain Committee, which will coordinate vertical manufacturing operations with international contractors through a central quality and cost management group.

VENUS GROUP PROMOTES LOITZ TO SENIOR VP OF INSTITUTION DIVISION

chuck loitzFOOTHILL RANCH, Calif. — Venus Group has promoted Chuck Loitz to senior vice president of its Institution Division.

Loitz, a 33-year industry veteran, has been with Venus for the last 16 years, with responsibilities for the National Account program, advertising, and special projects, as well as managing a growing sales territory in the Western United States.

He began his career with Morgan Services, Los Angeles, in 1980. He then worked for Mission Linen and National Linen before joining the supplier ranks, where he spent seven years with Penn State Textile. He joined Venus Group as a territory sales manager in 1997.

GURTLER ADDS MCLAREN, DELGADO, HEAGEN TO STAFF

kevin mclarenSOUTH HOLLAND, Ill. — Gurtler Industries has added three new employees to its workforce.

Kevin McLaren has joined the company as scientist in the research and development department, reporting to Steven Tinker, vice president of research & development and marketing. McLaren is responsible for new product development and testing.

rick delgadoMcLaren has 25 years of product development and technical service experience in the textile and uniform rental, hospitality, food and beverage, specialty cleaners and detergents, and microbiology markets.

He previously was the director of laboratories for Dober Chemical’s Commercial Laundry Group, where he was responsible for its research and development programs, including product development, technical services, regulatory services and more.

brian heagenMost recently, McLaren managed a commercial laundry chemical sales and service territory in the Chicago area.

McLaren, who has a bachelor of science degree in microbiology from Southern Illinois University, has authored numerous articles published in industry trade magazines, and holds two patents.

Rick Delgado has joined Gurtler as its manager of market development in the U.S. Southwest. Delgado brings with him 31 years of laundry industry experience.

Brian Heagen is the new manager of market development in the New Jersey and New York areas. Heagen has a marketing degree from William Paterson University.

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