Career Track: Industry Businesses Welcome New Personnel, Announce Promotion


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PHILADELPHIA — Eric Garced and Debra Weisberg have joined the staff of Penn Emblem, the company reports.

Weisberg, who has more than 20 years of sales, account management and lead-generation experience, has been hired as senior account manager, the company says. She has a background in the safety/personal protective equipment and flame-resistant industries.

Garced has been hired as graphic designer. He interned with the company after graduating from West Chester University with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and design. In his role, he will help expand the branding image of Penn Emblem, the company says, and will bring a “new perspective” to the creative marketing team.

“We are excited to employ new talent within our company,” Penn Emblem says.


RIPON, Wis. — Alliance Laundry Systems reports that it has promoted Matthew Westphal to financial services manager for all of Alliance’s finance groups. In his position, he will be responsible for “all equipment loan underwriting and origination, finance program and promotion development, marketing services support, and distributor and customer relationship development,” the company says.

Westphal received his bachelor’s degree in economics and business development from the University of Minnesota. Most recently, he served as manager of Speed Queen® Financial Services, and he has previously worked for U.S. Bank and Ameriprise Financial, according to Alliance.

“Matthew has been instrumental in the growth and development of our distributor finance programs since joining Alliance six years ago,” says Todd Rice, director of financial services for Alliance Laundry Systems. “In this time, he has developed a strong aptitude for the laundry industry and developing and underwriting successful financing solutions to support our customers’ needs.”

“I look forward to growing with Alliance with this new opportunity, while expanding current financial solutions and developing additional services that will help our distributors and customers succeed,” says Westphal.


SEATTLE — SanMar® Corp. has recently hired Mike Knapick and Yen Gao, the company reports.

Knapick has been appointed chief information officer. He will manage and oversee major technology initiatives and day-to-day IT operations.

Knapick previously managed the IT department of EMC’s Isilon Storage division, and held a similar role at Expedia. He also has experience at large consulting firms, according to the company.

“I’m excited to join SanMar and continue to build on the progress made by the great IT team here,” says Knapick. “There’s a lot of behind-the-scenes work under way that will enhance the total experience for our customers.”

Gao, an apparel industry veteran, has been hired as director of sourcing. In her new role, she will oversee and manage the company’s U.S. sourcing team.

Gao most recently served as a sourcing production manager for knits at Kohl’s, and has held similar positions with Carter’s® and Abercrombie & Fitch®.

“We always strive to deliver the best products to our customers, which requires working with a vast network of supply-chain vendors around the world,” says Jeremy Lott, president of SanMar. “Yen’s deep experience with well-known retail brands at their worldwide sourcing facilities helps in achieving our core values of making a difference by consistently delivering quality goods.”

“I’m excited to join the great team at SanMar and share my experiences in product development and supply-chain management,” says Gao. “It’s all about building relationships with manufacturing resources to deliver the quality products at a fair price point.”


ELK GROVE VILLAGE — Michael Fox has joined the sales and customer service team of Washburn Machinery Inc., the authorized UniMac Commercial Laundry distributor for Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana. Bringing his experience in OPL, coin laundry and drycleaning sales of new and replacement equipment, Fox will work with new and existing OPL accounts in Illinois and Indiana.

Fox earned a bachelor’s degree in business and marketing from the University of Northern Iowa.

Washburn Machinery President Jeff Fox says he is “thrilled” to have his brother “join forces” with him and his team.



TULSA, Okla. — Two new territory sales managers have joined Superior Linen Service: Susan Beck, covering the Springfield, Mo., market, and John McDougal, who will head the Little Rock, Ark., sales region.

Between them, Beck and McDougal have 19 years of sales and marketing experience, and they will strengthen ties with existing customers while building relationships with new ones, the company says.

“I am beyond excited for this opportunity,” Beck says. “I plan to gain as much knowledge as I can, as quickly as I can, to ensure success for my customers and for my employer.”

“Superior Linen Service is the best choice out there for businesses,” McDougal comments. “I’m proud to represent a company with such a positive reputation in the industry and with our customers in the region.”

Therese Hood, director of territory sales and client development, comments, “John and Susan joining our regional sales team in each market is a great asset to both Superior Linen Service and our future customers. Their work ethic, integrity and personalities are a great fit for how we do business.”


LOS ANGELES — Nadia Rawjee has been named marketing manager, online solutions, at ADI American Dawn, the company reports. Rawjee graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in international relations - global business.

A part of ADI’s ownership family, Rawjee is first of the company’s fifth generation to join ADI. Her responsibilities will include a “major overhaul” of the company’s online presence in advance of the upcoming Clean Show.

“We are excited to work with Nadia to bring new value-added products like image libraries, upgraded order interfaces, social media connection and better tools to the industry,” says Vyto Tozer, executive vice president of ADI American Dawn.

“Nadia has incredible energy and passion, and will raise the bar in our competitive landscape.”


SADDLE BROOK, N.J. — Tingue, Brown & Co. has appointed Shawn Bradley to represent the company in northern Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Bradley has a master’s degree in business administration from San Diego State University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Southern New Hampshire University, the company reports.

He served in the Army and the Army National Guard as a combat medical applicator and was a Navy field medic prior to those posts.

The company says his prior business, military and educational experiences will help him as he builds strong relationships and helps the company meet customers’ needs.

“I look forward to supplying Tingue, Brown’s fine line of products to laundry operators throughout my region and to guiding those operators in getting maximum satisfaction from them,” says Bradley.



Charles Spencer


SYRACUSE, N.Y. — G.A. Braun has hired Charles (CJ) Spencer as field regional sales manager. His area of coverage will include Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.

With more than a decade of industry experience, he most recently served as general manager of a large healthcare laundry facility.

“CJ Spencer brings to our customer base exceptional knowledge and experience in plant assessments and operations, which results in the keen ability to deliver optimum laundry equipment solutions,” says Gary Ostrum, Braun’s East Coast regional VP of sales.



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