Career Track: Lead Roles, Sales, Marketing Moves

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TUDISCO TO HEAD UP LAUNDRYLUX TECHNICAL CARE AND TRAINING

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Robert Tudisco

Robert Tudisco

INWOOD, N.Y. — Laundrylux recently hired Robert Tudisco as its new vice president of technical care and training, the distributor of Wascomat and Electrolux laundry equipment reports.

During the last 15 years, Tudisco has worked in various technical leadership positions in service industries ranging from textile rental services to facility-critical power infrastructure support and data center infrastructure support services, Laundrylux says.

“Ours is an industry that continues to grow in terms of technology, and with the addition of Robert to our team, we have a leader who will make certain that Laundrylux employees stay informed and ahead of the curve,” says Gary Brown, vice president of engineering at Laundrylux. “Keeping our staff and company at the forefront of new technologies ensures our valued customers and distributors are able to do likewise.”

Tudisco has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering technology from the New York Institute of Technology (Old Westbury, N.Y.) and a master of business administration from Adelphi University (Garden City, N.Y.). Most recently, he served as senior data center engineer and director of operations at Mindshift Technologies, a Ricoh company.

At Laundrylux, Tudisco will set strategy for the technical service staff “to safeguard that the company’s distributor network and end-users receive the highest level of support and technical services in the industry.”

“The solid reputation Laundrylux and the Electrolux and Wascomat brands have built in the industry is impressive,” Tudisco says. “Naturally, I’m looking forward to delivering on the company’s promise of providing exemplary service and support to our distributors and end-users.”


LEONARD AUTOMATICS HIRES MARKETING MANAGER LAW

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Sherry Law

Sherry Law

DENVER, N.C. — Sherry Law has been hired as the marketing manager for Leonard Automatics at its company headquarters, the company reports.

Law recently worked as a marketing account manager for Duke Energy and TIAA CREF in the Charlotte area and specializes in creating and managing multi-faceted marketing campaigns, according to Leonard. She holds a bachelor of science degree from Lesley College in Cambridge, Mass.

A native of New England, Law now resides in Iredell County and is enjoying the mild North Carolina weather, says the company. 

“My goal is to get the word out about Leonard,” says Law. “This is a company that has thoughtful solutions, not just equipment for the industry.”


KRETZ, KIRCHNER ASSUME LEAD ROLES FOR DEXTER

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Andy Kretz

Andy Kretz

 

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Craig Kirchner

Craig Kirchner

FAIRFIELD, Iowa — Dexter Laundry Inc. and its parent company Dexter Apache Holdings Inc. have made organizational changes that went into effect April 1.

Andy Kretz, formerly president of Dexter Laundry, has been appointed president and chief operating officer of Dexter Apache Holdings, the company reports. In this new role, Kretz assumes operational and management responsibility for all Dexter Apache businesses, including Dexter Laundry, Dexter Financial Services, Apache Stainless Equipment Corp., Leer, Crystal Group and Dalton Ag.

Craig Kirchner, formerly vice president of sales, marketing and customer service, has been appointed president of Dexter Laundry, says the company. As president, Kirchner assumes management responsibility for all aspects of the Dexter Laundry business.

Dexter says that Kretz and Kirchner both bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to these new roles and will be critical in charting the course for the future of Dexter Laundry and all the Dexter Apache businesses.


SOFTROL HIRES VP OF OPS, REORGANIZES SALES TEAM

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Helmut Harfmann

Helmut Harfmann

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Andre Blanc

Andre Blanc

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Matt Lewis

Matt Lewis

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Jon Kim

Jon Kim

ACWORTH, Ga. — Helmut Harfmann has accepted the position of vice president of operations for Softrol, the company reports.

Harfmann has been involved in operations management in various companies serving the textile manufacturing and textile rental market for 40 years, the company says.

Harfmann most recently served as the vice president of manufacturing and the vice president of service for JENSEN Group in his 16-year career with them, according to Softrol. Harfmann also has experience as an operations executive with Lavatec and G.A. Braun.

“Helmut brings with him a wealth of operations management experience that will help strengthen our ability to service our core marketplace and customers, as well as position us for continued growth,” says Brent Keith, president and owner of Softrol.

In addition, Softrol says that its sales team has reorganized, with Andre Blanc (sales director) overseeing major national/corporate accounts and Matt Lewis (sales manager) managing the company’s independent market.

The company says that Blanc has more than 30 years in the domestic and international laundry and hospitality sectors, having spent most of the time with Ecolab. Lewis, according to Softrol, is active with several industry associations and has been a participant in the Textile Rental Services Association’s Emerging Leaders Roundtable.

Finally, the company says that Jon Kim has been recently promoted with expanded duties and added marketing responsibilities as Softrol’s business development associate.


GURTLER HIRES GILMORE AS FLA. MANAGER OF MARKET DEVELOPMENT

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Steven R. Gilmore

Steven R. Gilmore

SOUTH HOLLAND, Ill. — Steven R. Gilmore recently joined Gurtler Industries Inc. as its manager of market development in Florida, the company reports. 

Gilmore has been in the laundry industry for more than 14 years, according to Gurtler, which is a manufacturer of advanced detergents and specialty chemicals for the commercial laundry industry.


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