Career Track: Personnel Promotions, Hires in the Industry


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Jim Sinclair

Jim Sinclair

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Thermopatch has appointed Jim Sinclair to the position of senior design engineer. The company says his responsibilities will include assisting the efforts of the engineering department and quality control and facilitating all development efforts on Thermopatch’s identification equipment.

Sinclair has a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from SUNY Institute of Technology in Utica, N.Y., and has more than 30 years’ experience in product development, manufacturing, drafting documentation, and management in drafting and engineering in various industries, Thermopatch says. He is also trained in lean manufacturing and ISO certification.  

Sinclair and his family live in Clinton, N.Y.

Thermopatch is a worldwide company that specializes in supplying garment/textile identification labeling systems, including an emphasis on the manufacture and distribution of various garment embellishment products, to the apparel manufacturing industries across the globe.



Jason Sotiroff

Jason Sotiroff

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. — Promoting from within, global laundry product supplier Tingue has named Jason Sotiroff regional sales manager, the company reports. 

Promoted from sales representative serving laundries in Wisconsin and Illinois after growing and expanding the customer base for four years, Tingue says Sotiroff is now responsible for developing a team of three sales representatives serving laundries in the Midwest territories of North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois, as well as parts of Canada. 

Sotiroff brings an exceptional level of skill and experience in training, mentoring and professional development to the newly created position, according to Tingue President Ty Acton.

“Jason has done a tremendous job as a problem-solver for his customers, and he’s built terrific relationships throughout his territory,” says Acton. “As a leader and coach, Jason makes people around him better, and I’m confident his new team will take on the same outstanding customer service qualities that he’s demonstrated day in and day out.”

A veteran of the United States Marine Corps currently serving in the Reserve as communications systems planner, Sotiroff brings 15 years of experience in management and a track record in leadership to the position. 

“It’s an honor to be a part of Team Tingue at a time when the company’s growth trajectory continues to rise,” says Sotiroff. “I’ve had access to a wide range of support with excellent mentors, and I look forward to helping my team grow in the same way I’ve grown with this organization.”

Sotiroff earned a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from Western Illinois University and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Illinois. He resides with his wife and three children in Glen Ellen, Ill.  



Paul Whyatt

Paul Whyatt

ISSAQUAH, Wash. — Paul Whyatt has joined SanMar Corp., a supplier of apparel and accessories, as chief financial officer (CFO), the company reports. 

Whyatt’s arrival is in preparation for Vice President of Finance Marty Rask’s retirement at the end of the year.

“The SanMar Family Values really stood out to me as something special about the company,” says Whyatt. “I’m excited to be a part of this fantastic organization and look forward to making a smooth transition from Marty, before he retires. SanMar is a unique company with a great history and I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to its future.” 

Whyatt’s background includes more than 20 years of senior finance and operations experience, primarily at Weyerhaeuser Corp., according to the company. He comes to SanMar from Merrill and Ring Forest Products, a large, family-owned forestry company where he served as CFO. Whyatt also managed finance and operations for a couple of Seattle-area start-up companies. 

“Paul’s deep experience in strategic finance and planning will be an asset to our team,” says Jeremy Lott, president of SanMar. “He has the right mix of business acumen and entrepreneurial spirit to help drive our evolution as a family-owned company nearing our 50-year mark.”



Wayne Schulze

Wayne Schulze

NAPLES, Fla. — Wayne Schulze has joined Energenics as UV product manager to support its efforts to market and sell bacteria-zapping UV machines, the company reports.

Schulze brings more than 30 years of experience in UV equipment sales and design to Energenics in support of its recently introduced UV-Max machine to hygienically clean linen transport vehicles and interior spaces. With his UV expertise, Energenics says Schulze will be a key design resource as the company expands its hygienic cleaning products.

In addition to nationwide sales and marketing of UV products, Schulze’s duties also include sales responsibility for all Energenics products in the Western United States.  

He will continue to reside in Southern California, the company says.


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