Career Track: Companies Announce Promotions, New Hires


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OSHKOSH, Wis. — Continental Girbau Inc. has added Kim Loderbauer as Continental Creative Services (CCS) manager, Melissa Nygaard as Oshkosh Express Laundry Center manager, Brennan Pollnow as Girbau Industrial project and customer support specialist and Madisen Sagen as accounting associate, the company reports.

All of the new hires reside in Oshkosh, where Continental is headquartered.

“Continental, and its subsidiaries and brands, have experienced rapid growth in our quest to offer the highest-quality products, services and support to our distributor network and end-users,” says Continental President Mike Floyd. “We’re thrilled to welcome Kim Loderbauer, Melissa Nygaard, Brennan Pollnow and Madisen Sagen to our hard-working and productive family.”

Loderbauer has 20 years of graphic design, advertising and marketing experience. In her new role, she manages the planning and production of creative projects for CCS, a Continental subsidiary offering marketing, public relations and advertising services.

The company says she works closely with CCS and Continental team members to develop compelling and targeted marketing campaigns; design brochures, newsletters, advertisements, signage, direct-mail pieces and logos; and develop websites and web-based marketing tools.


Kim Loderbauer

Kim Loderbauer


Melissa Nygaard

Melissa Nygaard


Brennan Pollnow

Brennan Pollnow


Madisen Sagen

Madisen Sagen

Loderbauer, who works in concert with the CCS team, end-users and Continental distributors, earned a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from Mount Mary College in Milwaukee in 1996.

Nygaard, who is charged with the management of Continental’s Oshkosh Express Laundry Center—a card-operated laundry offering Drop & Shop, Load & Leave and drop-off drycleaning services—holds eight years of office and retail management and inventory experience, according to the company. Nygaard earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and music performance from Ripon (Wis.) College in 2008.

Pollnow, who first joined Continental in February 2016 as an inside sales and customer care associate, was recently promoted into a newly created position responsible for supporting lead and prospect qualification and management for the company’s industrial laundry brand, Girbau Industrial (GI), the company says.

In this new role, he also handles development of equipment and services proposals, oversees sale and post-sale project management, innovates sales tools and works closely with, and supports, GI customers and distributors.

A 2016 graduate of University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Pollnow holds a bachelor’s degree in

As Continental’s accounting associate, the company says Sagen assists with general accounting functions, including accounts receivable and cash management for all Continental subsidiaries. She also handles customer accounts and questions regarding payments, invoices and returns. Sagen has five years of internship and professional experience in accounting and related fields. She earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting, with a minor in Spanish, from University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in 2015.



Rafe Guill

Rafe Guill

DENVER, N.C. — Leonard Automatics named Rafe Guill as its new plant manager, the company reports. 

Guill brings 22 years of industrial maintenance and engineering management along with 12 years of production management experience to the team at Leonard, the company says, including lean manufacturing and the incorporation of ISO manufacturing standards. He has also been responsible for more than 400 process and quality improvement projects.

Guill plans to empower and build his team by allowing each employee to use his/her own ingenuity to continue to make improvements in the Leonard plant.  

Guill has three daughters, one son and three grandsons, and loves to play golf, Leonard says.



 John Parker

John Parker

SOUTH HOLLAND, Ill. — Gurtler Industries Inc., a manufacturer of detergents and specialty chemicals for the commercial laundry industry, has hired John Parker.

He joined Gurtler in April and is manager of market development in Utah, Idaho and nearby areas, according to the company. 

Parker has an extensive background in electronics and computer science and has been in the laundry industry for the past 12 years, Gurtler says.



Dave Tannert

Dave Tannert

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas — Laundry equipment manufacturer Kannegiesser USA has promoted Dave Tannert to director of operations, the company reports. Tannert joined the company in 2012 as regional sales manager for the Western region of the United States. 

Kannegiesser says his background in manufacturing engineering and his experience in industrial automation led to much success in the Western region for the company. The company says it intends to draw on Tannert’s background to drive the growth of its parts and service departments.

The company says it has had a strong focus on these areas in recent years, and that it will look to Tannert to further decentralize its service team in order to better support customers on a local level while providing customizable spare-parts support to fit every customer’s needs. He will continue to drive the success of its after-hours, weekend and holiday support line. 

Tannert has recently relocated to the company’s U.S. headquarters, technical center and parts warehouse in Grand Prairie.



Jamie Bridge

Jamie Bridge

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. — Global laundry product supplier Tingue has named Jamie Bridge regional sales manager, the company reports.

A former Tingue sales representative, laundry operator and laundry machinery company representative, Bridge brings nearly 30 years of laundry industry experience as both a
manager with a proven track record and as a hands-on technician who understands how to keep laundry equipment up and running at peak performance, the company says.

According to Tingue, Bridge is responsible for a team of six sales representatives covering territories from New England and eastern Canada to Florida, Puerto Rico and several Heartland states. Bridge is to provide veteran leadership and ongoing training and support to his team on behalf of their customers while driving the overall growth and development of the region.

“Jamie was very highly regarded for his knowledge and understanding of laundry operations during his tenure as a sales representative,” says Ty Acton, Tingue vice president. “Customers have already called with congratulations about Jamie’s return, I’m very happy to have him back on the team, and I’m confident that our customers and staff are in good hands.”

Bridge resides in Dracut, Mass., with his wife, Michelle, and two children.



Kristy Goode

Kristy Goode

MCDONOUGH, Ga. — Kristy Goode, MSN/ED RN, has been hired as a member of Encompass Group LLC’s clinical resources and consulting team, the company reports.

Goode will be responsible for supporting Encompass’ field sales team and hospital and laundry customers with clinical knowledge and consulting expertise for the Encompass product lines.

The company also says that she will lead hospital linen utilization initiatives, develop clinical education and training, conduct product trials and in-services, write articles and deliver presentations on important industry topics from the clinical perspective. 

Goode was a nurse manager in critical care at Florida Hospital in Winter Park, Fla. Encompass says she held positions of increasing responsibility at Florida Hospital in nursing education and the emergency department, and also has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Central Florida.


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