Career Track: Companies Announce Promotions and New Hires


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Todd Hyrn

Todd Hyrn

HAYWARD, Calif. —Western State Design Inc. (WSD), a distributor of commercial/industrial equipment representing Pellerin Milnor Corp., Chicago Dryer Co., Dexter Laundry and American Dryer, has promoted Todd Hyrn to vice president, the company reports.

WSD says Hyrn previously served as director of operations for the company and has been serving on the company’s management team for 25 years.

“The company has made substantial changes that will benefit all of us at Western State Design, and Todd has played a very important role in the company’s growth and success,” says Tom Marks, executive vice president. “Todd has been a tremendous asset to Western State Design, and we are proud of his accomplishments.”

“This promotion recognizes his contributions and all of his accomplishments to the company,” says Dennis Mack, president. “Todd has demonstrated great leadership in the company, and his exceptional experience has led to our success.”



Dan Schwartz

Dan Schwartz

SEMINOLE, Fla. — Fashion Seal Healthcare, a brand of Superior Uniform Group Inc., has promoted Dan Schwartz to director of operations, Fashion Seal Healthcare®, the company reports. Schwartz will be responsible for directing business and product development for the company’s laundry and distributor markets.

“Dan has shown himself to be a very strategic and focused member of our team,” says Michael Benstock, CEO of Superior Uniform Group. “As a director, he is perfectly positioned to bring our company tremendous benefits.”

Schwartz joined the company in 2011 as a management trainee and then joined the global sourcing team, where he was a valuable resource in the successful launch of the company’s manufacturing operations in Africa, the company says. In 2014, he advanced to client services supervisor where he successfully managed major accounts for the company’s laundry and distributor markets.

Prior to joining Superior Uniform Group, Schwartz held positions at Wells Fargo Insurance Services and Marjam Supply Company, both in the New York City metro area.

He has a bachelor of science degree in political science and government from Syracuse University, according to Fashion Seal Healthcare.



Ron Cote

Ron Cote

SADDLE BROOK, N.J. — Laundry product supplier Tingue has named Ron Cote sales representative for the New England region encompassing Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Maine, says the company.

Promoted from his position as flatwork ironer installation technician, and a former corrections industry veteran, Cote offers the laundry parts, carts and equipment that keep commercial laundries, textile rental companies, hotels, resorts and other laundries operating safely, efficiently and at peak production, according to Tingue.

Cote also offers guidance on product specification and provides expert, on-site installation.

“Ron has already proven his ability in helping our laundry customers keep their finishing equipment up and running, so it was natural to expand his role at the earliest opportunity,” says Matt Vacca, regional sales manager.

Adds Cote, “Our laundry customers are New England-tough, hard-nosed operators who just want to get the job done, and I’m happy to take on that responsibility.”

Cote resides in Dracut, Mass., with his wife and three children.



Brian Keegan

Brian Keegan

MINNEAPOLIS — AmeriPride Services, a textile rental services and supply company, has appointed Brian Keegan to a new role as safety and sustainability officer (SSO), the company says.

Keegan reports to Bill Evans, AmeriPride’s president and CEO, and will be responsible for the overall leadership of the organization’s safety and sustainability programs and the further integration of these initiatives with the company’s business objectives.

“Safety and sustainability is a top priority for us and will continue to be so in the future,” says Evans. “This move helps us to elevate the importance and visibility of safety and sustainability throughout the company and industry, while leveraging Brian’s considerable strengths and leadership in this area.”

According to AmeriPride, Keegan has more than 28 years of industry experience in various roles, including production operations, engineering, fleet operations, supply chain, environmental compliance, health and safety. He has been with AmeriPride since 2007 and recently chaired the Textile Rental Services Association’s Governmental Affairs Committee.

According to Evans, Keegan is a key member of the senior leadership team and has made many impactful and lasting contributions to the company and the industry.



Ralph Tana

Ralph Tana

ARMONK, N.Y. — HK Laundry Equipment Inc. appointed Ralph Tana as OPL sales specialist, the company reports. 

The company says Tana will be working closely with the other HK sales representatives and with OPL and institutional customers throughout the Hudson River Valley and Connecticut. 

Tana comes to HK with a wealth of sales experience from the waste hauling industry, according to the company, which adds that he was a top-achieving sales representative and brings a wealth of knowledge of the consultative sales process to his new position. 

Tana and Andrew Hager will be assisting OPL customers with their laundry needs and requirements and providing solutions to their problems with equipment, productivity and energy conservation, the company says.



Carl Rees

Carl Rees



Matthew Lamons

Matthew Lamons

FENTON, Mo. — Loomis Brothers Equipment Co. has named Carl Rees its vice president of strategic accounts and Matthew Lamons its sales and marketing manager, the company reports.

In his new position, Rees will be responsible for companywide equipment sales to large commercial, industrial and healthcare laundries, as well as some key OPL accounts, says Loomis Brothers.

Loomis Brothers is the authorized dealer for Pellerin Milnor and Chicago Dryer Co. throughout Missouri, Kansas, southern Illinois, northern Indiana and several large laundries in Oklahoma and Iowa.

Rees has been in equipment sales with Loomis Brothers for 35 years and has been the recipient of Pellerin Milnor’s “Key Man” award for outstanding dealer sales a record-setting 10 times.

“I’m excited to be able to work with our large laundry customers to help them identify opportunities for increasing plant efficiency and productivity,” Rees says.

Dale Loomis, president of Loomis Brothers, says, “Carl’s vast experience in laundry design, plant operations and modern equipment technology are invaluable assets for our customers and is why Carl has been so successful throughout his career. In his new position, we are very excited that we will be able to offer his expertise to help all of our large laundry customers across our entire area of service.” 

Lamons will be responsible for growing the company’s sales to OPL and vended laundries in its Missouri, Kansas, Illinois and Indiana region, according to the company.

Loomis Brothers is also a dealer for American Dryer, Huebsch and Maytag. 

According to the company, Lamons started with Loomis in 2007 as its vended laundry specialist and later worked as an OPL territory sales representative. 

“Matt’s work ethic and dedication to customer satisfaction have earned him respect from his customers, vendors and co-workers,” says Loomis. “Matt brings high-energy enthusiasm and new ideas to our sales and marketing efforts, and we are looking forward to his leadership in his new position.”    

The company says Lamons earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration from the University of Central Missouri and an MBA from Maryville University. 


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