Career Track: Companies Report New Hires, Promotions

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LAUNDRYLUX PROMOTES MILCH TO VP OPL SALES, PLUS

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Cody Milch

INWOOD, N.Y. — Laundrylux reports that it has promoted Cody Milch to vice president of OPL sales throughout North American for Electrolux, Wascomat and PLUS. In Milch’s new position, he will work with the OPL/PLUS team—Dan Goldman, Ernesto Rodriguez and Mike Kelson—as well as the company’s distributors, according to Laundrylux.

Milch and his team members will develop relationships with architects, consultants and others to “specify our products into projects, leveraging our unique access with Electrolux Professional’s commercial kitchen division,” the company says. Milch joined Laundrylux as the company’s PLUS Product Manager last year.

“Only Electrolux [and] Laundrylux have the capacity to provide a full suite of commercial and professional laundry and kitchen equipment to OPL customers in hospitality and healthcare,” says Milch. “I look forward to growing and developing this process and creating opportunities and sales resulting for our distributors.”


VENUS GROUP ADDS BOBO, LOITZ TO STAFF

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Steve Bobo

Steve Bobo

FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif. ­­— Venus Group, a company specializing in the production of textiles, has added two new representatives, Steve Bobo and Keith Loitz, to its staff.

Bobo was hired as a corporate account specialist. He has worked in the textile industry for more than 40 years, and he most recently retired from Milliken and Co., where he served in various positions, including hospitality team leader, for 21 years. He and his team assisted hospitality-focused companies in adding Milliken products to hotel, convention center and cruise-line industries.

Prior to his work within the hospitality team, Bobo was a human resource manager in multiple Milliken manufacturing plants in South Carolina, North Carolina and New Hampshire. Bobo graduated from Lander University, where he majored in business management and marketing.

Loitz, regional sales manager, will work with hospitality and institution-focused accounts in the central and southern regions of California. Previously, he worked as a corporate sales representative for Prudential Overall Supply, an industrial uniform and mat company based in Southern California. He has also worked in sales with Restaurant.com and MOGL as an account executive. He attended Moorpark College and California State University.


PENN EMBLEM ADDS NEW E-COMMERCE WEB DEVELOPER

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Keith Hoover

Keith Hoover

PHILADELPHIA — Keith Hoover will be Penn Emblem’s new e-commerce web developer, the company reports. Hoover originally worked for Weis Markets, where he was responsible for integrating PeopleSoft and Kronos for two years.

At his new position at Penn Emblem, Hoover will be responsible for building, maintaining and expanding the web development of the company.


NEW HIRES, PROMOTION AT GURTLER INDUSTRIES

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Isaac Coleman

Isaac Coleman

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Troy Unkle

Troy Unkle

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Mike Malartsik

Mike Malartsik

SOUTH HOLLAND, Ill. — Gurtler Industries, formulators of detergents and specialty chemicals for the commercial laundry industry, reports having made several personnel moves recently.

Isaac Coleman serves as manager of market development for Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

Troy Unkle is also a manager of market development, serving Michigan and Ohio. He has 28 years of laundry industry experience.

Mike Malartsik has worked with Gurtler for six years and has been in the laundry industry for 34 years. His recent promotion to vice president of special projects will allow him to work with distributor programs and advertising and trade shows. He will continue work with Gurtler’s international accounts and some corporate accounts.


TINGUE, BROWN HIRES SALES REP, SR. CONSULTANT

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Jason Sotiroff

Jason Sotiroff

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Donald Maida

Donald Maida

SADDLE BROOK, N.J. — Tingue, Brown & Co. says it has appointed Jason Sotiroff to represent the company in Illinois and Wisconsin. Sotiroff has earned a bachelor of science in marketing from Western Illinois University and a master’s degree in business administration from University of Illinois.

Sotiroff has held various positions in the construction industry, which include customer service representative, credit manager and independent contractor.

Donald Maida has been named senior consultant at TBR Associates, one of the Tingue, Brown companies. Maida has more than 30 years of operational experience in the laundry and textile services industries, the company reports. He has a bachelor of science in marketing and business administration from Fairfield University, has attended the Executive Management Institute, and in 1999 received the National Linen’s President’s award for “the 18-month operational and profitability turnaround of an operation in St. Louis, Mo.,” according to the company.

Before joining TBR Associates, Maida was director and vice president of operations for an industrial laundry in New England.


PERFORMANCE MATTERS ADDS CONSULTANTS, MANAGEMENT EXECS

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Bill Ernst

Bill Ernst

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Brent Casebolt

Brent Casebolt

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Steve Royals

Steve Royals

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Currie Gilbert

Currie Gilbert

FORT MILL, S.C. — Performance Matters, a strategic consulting company serving the textile rental services industry, has added Bill Ernst and Brent Casebolt as senior consultants, and welcomed Steve Royals as its new chief strategy officer (CSO), and Currie Gilbert as director of business strategy.

In their new roles, Ernst and Casebolt will craft new strategies for clients to improve and streamline their business processes.

“I’m looking forward to putting my knowledge and experience to work for the benefit of our clients,” says Ernst, who brings more than 33 years of management experience to the company.

Casebolt has specialized in developing training material and operating guidelines, as well as overseeing products and services of large territories, according to Performance Matters.

Before joining Performance Matters, Royals worked in global sales and executive management in emerging and Fortune 500 companies. He will now be assisting founder and CEO of Performance Matters, Troy Lovins, in “creating and executing strategic initiatives.”

“I’m looking forward to the challenge of leading positive change on the industry and delivering sustainability value, both financially and culturally, to the independents,” Royals says.

Gilbert brings more than 14 years of account service and strategic management experience to the company, and will be focusing on monitoring, introducing and maintaining business strategies at Performance Matters.


FLEXCO HIRES HAY AS PRODUCT MANAGER

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Katie Hay

Katie Hay

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. — Belt conveyor manufacturer Flexco has welcomed Katie Hay as its newest product manager, the company reports. Hay will focus on the company’s light-duty mechanical belt fastener and belt conveyor products. She will be based out of the company’s Downers Grove facility and will be responsible for the marketing strategy and activities associated with her product line.

Hay, who has 28 years of experience in product management with manufacturing and industrial products, says, “My goal is to move our marketing plan forward and to guide ideas for new, innovative products.”

“Katie has a broad skillset in product management, including strategic planning, new product development, technical troubleshooting, communications plans, pricing strategies and much more,” says Beth Miller, director of marketing at Flexco. “Even in her limited time here, [her] skills have proved useful on several areas of our marketing programs.”


LLT ADDS NEW VP OF SALES, PROJECT/SALES SUPPORT ENGINEER

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Keith Ware

Keith Ware

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Lanier Bone

Lanier Bone

BEACON FALLS, Conn. — Lavatec Laundry Technology (LLT) has hired Keith Ware to be its vice president of sales, and Lanier Bone its new project and sales support engineer.

Ware’s extensive industry experience includes his eight years at Crothall Laundry Services; his work as Southeast division senior vice president at Tartan Textile Services; as vice president at ThermalRecycle; as regional sales manager at AquaRecycle; as vice president of laundry consulting at Victor Kramer Company; and his 10 years at the Walt Disney Company’s Textile Services, where he managed an operation of three facilities, cleaning 100 million pounds of linen and 13 million garments annually, according to LLT. Ware has a degree in commercial resort management from Penn State University.

Bone has worked in the industrial laundry service industry for 17 years, starting at Gartner Systems USA as a sales engineer. He has also worked at Jensen USA, and has been a general manager for Crothall Laundry Services, Sodexo USA and Isothermal Textile Services.

“Having worked in laundry management for several years, I’m planning to establish myself as a premier design engineer and help LLT strengthen their reputation for having the best layout and system solution in the industry. One of the first things I’ll be working on is to have the ability to model drawings in 3-D,” says Bone. 

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