Career Track: Recent Hires, Promotions, Shifts


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KENILWORTH, N.J. — White Conveyors Inc., which produces commercial laundry transport systems and automated garment sorting, storage and retrieval systems, has hired Luc Desjardins to its sales team, the company reports. 

Desjardins will represent White Conveyors Canada Inc., a new subsidiary of White Conveyors Inc., as regional sales manager, according to the company.

White says Desjardins brings 22 years of industrial sales experience to its sales force. He began in 1995 with Calmek Equipment located in Montreal, Quebec. In 2004, he joined Dalex Canada Inc., serving the Ottawa and Western Quebec markets.

Based in Ottawa, Desjardins will be responsible for enhancing client relations and leading new business efforts, White says. 

“I am incredibly enthusiastic to have joined a team with such a great depth of experience,” says Desjardins. “I hope to help White establish and nourish Canadian customers and bring efficiency and improved performance to their operations.”


SEMINOLE, Fla. — Alan Schwartz retired as president of Superior Uniform Group effective March 31, the company reports.

To ensure orderly succession and continuity of customer service, the company says it and Schwartz have entered into a three-year consulting agreement. During that time, Schwartz will consult on a further reduced schedule each successive year. 

As a consultant to the company, Superior Uniform Group says Schwartz will continue to be actively involved with relationships with many of its key customers that he was instrumental in developing over his decades of service. 

“My decision to retire emanated over the years from our comprehensive succession planning that was part of our strategic planning,” says Schwartz. “I am extraordinarily proud of what the Superior team has accomplished during my tenure, and am confident that the company will continue to successfully execute its strategies and grow shareholder value.” 

“In his 42-year association with the company, Alan has been instrumental in its direction, success and progress,” says CEO Michael Benstock. “We are fortunate to have had his leadership and, equally so, that he will have an important transitional role as we move forward. 

“We also will have the benefit of his guidance as Alan will remain on our board of directors. All of us wish him continued success as he moves on to this well-deserved next chapter in his life.” 


AKRON, Ohio — Advantage Equipment Inc., a full-service distributor of on-premises, vended and industrial laundry equipment and chemicals throughout West Virginia and large portions of Ohio and Pennsylvania, recently welcomed two new members to its sales team, the company reports. 

Don Jackovic, of Uniontown, Ohio, joins the company as a sales representative, and Dillon Buffington, of Deerfield, Ohio, joins as a laundry chemical sales representative. 

Jackovic, who has 35 years of experience in retail food and processor equipment sales, comes to Advantage with powerful management, sales and distribution skills, according to company owner Scott Vlahos. 

Jackovic’s career has exposed him to numerous market sectors, the company says. He was a licensing developer in Ohio for a branded food service concept, as well as a manufacturer’s representative for supermarket, restaurant and hospitality food processing equipment. His experience also includes serving as regional distributor marketing development manager for Mettler Toledo retail products. 

“Don and I have been friends since junior high school,” says Vlahos. “He brings significant insights to Advantage from his years running a company with similar service, parts, sales and consulting components. We welcome his valued experience, ideas and management skills.”

In preparation for his new post at Advantage Equipment, Jackovic completed sales training at Continental Girbau Inc., in Oshkosh, Wis., and Anderson Chemical, in Litchfield, Minn., according to the company.

In 2000, Jackovic became a President’s Club member of the Sandler Sales Institute, a top sales training organization in the country.

Buffington, who now handles laundry chemical sales for Advantage, has 11 years of experience in customer service and sales, the company says. He managed Laundry Time LLC, a vended laundry in Akron, for five years, and served six years as a sales representative for Pilati Concession, a company known for customer service and point-of-sale interaction with customers. 

“Interacting with customers has always been the best part of my career,” says Buffington. “With the training I’ve received from Anderson Chemical and ALCO-Mandala Chemical Company, I plan to bring a higher level of customer satisfaction to the laundry chemical users in our territory.”

Vlahos says he welcomes Buffington’s positive outlook and work ethic. 

“He’s got a great attitude and is looking forward to meeting our customers and interacting with people in the field,” he says. “Dillon is the kind of guy who always goes the extra mile, and we are extremely pleased he’s joined our team.” 


PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. — Global laundry product supplier Tingue has named Chris Turner sales representative serving laundries in parts of Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee and Ohio, the company reports. 

A former U.S. Army company commander and experimentation project manager, and a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point with a master’s degree in business and organizational security management from Webster University, St. Louis, Turner brings a unique set of knowledge, skill and leadership experience to the position, according to Regional Sales Manager Jamie Bridge. 

“Chris has proven his ability as a manager responsible for hundreds of people and millions of dollars’ worth of equipment, and as a hands-on man of action,” says Bridge. “From training and mentoring to working with a variety of people in many different departments, Chris understands how working as a team results in superior service for our customers.”

Serving a region with large and independent commercial laundries and a variety of on-premises laundries in hospitals and hotels, Turner has already noted brisk interest in the company’s recently introduced Mato Lacing, which protects linens from belting rust and snags, and in its ergonomic, spring-loaded laundry carts, which reduce bending and reaching to support worker safety. 

“It’s very gratifying to hear one laundry manager after another comment on the quality of the product line,” says Turner. “And learning the specifying and installing tactics that can only come from years of organizational experience gives me the extra skills to be of real value to our customers.”

Turner resides in Union, Ky., with his wife and three children.


OSHKOSH, Wis. — Continental Girbau Inc. recently recognized Joel Jorgensen for 20 years of service, the company reports. Jorgensen, vice president of sales, joined the company in 1997 as regional sales manager and later served as director of sales and marketing before taking on his current role in 2006.

“Joel has been a key contributor to the growth of the company during his tenure at Continental,” says President Mike Floyd. “His vision for opportunity has been a leading component to Continental’s aggressive approach to the market.”  

During his career, Jorgensen has guided Continental sales, marketing and service operations, the company says.

“He’s been heavily involved in the rapid growth of the company in all geographic territories and market segments,” says Floyd. “Joel has also contributed greatly to Continental’s product development, branding approach and strategic vision.”

Jorgensen, who holds 23 years of laundry industry experience, is a regular contributor to industry trade journals, a member of the Coin Laundry Association (CLA) Board of Directors, and a frequent speaker for CLA seminars and other industry association events. 

“Everything we do at Continental focuses on supporting our distributors and their customers,” says Jorgensen. “I’m privileged to be part of a team backed by many years of industry experience and a unique dedication to personal service. Continental’s greatest asset is its people and their individual talents, including our distributor network, internal staff and parent company. Our quality products and talented team have driven Continental’s success. We look to build upon that success into the future.”

Jorgensen, of Green Lake, Wis., got his start in sales with the Campbell Soup Co., in Los Angeles, after graduating in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing communications from Dana College in Blair, Neb. 



Jacob Frushtick

Jacob Frushtick

DENVER, N.C. — Jacob Frushtick was recently appointed vice president of product development, engineering and Leonard Fabrication Design (LFD) for Leonard Automatics Inc., the company reports.

Leonard says Frushtick started with the company in January 2011 and most recently served as the vice president of LFD, where he has worked extensively in the fabrication and design of manufactured items for a multitude of companies.

Frushtick has a bachelor of science degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has extensive experience in machinery construction, control systems, sheet metal fabrication, AutoCAD electrical schematic drafting and production management. 

The company says that Frushtick’s main focus is on improving products and manufacturing processes to ensure that Leonard remains a leader in providing state-of-the-art technology.

According to Leonard, the change positions the company to take on the responsibilities associated with the forecasted growth anticipated in the years to come.


SOUTHSIDE, Ala. — Wholesale Commercial Laundry Equipment S.E. LLC recently enlisted James Oman to lead its on-premises laundry (OPL) sales in Georgia, as well as provide industrial sales support throughout Wholesale’s territory, the company reports. 

Oman, who has 23 years of experience in laundry equipment sales and territory management, served three laundry equipment distributors in South Florida and the Caribbean before joining Wholesale, according to the company. 

Early on in his career, he held marketing/management positions at the Arizona Lottery and the Florida Lottery, where he helped lead lottery program development. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and sociology from Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio, and is an Association for Linen Management (ALM) Certified Laundry and Linen Manager (CLLM).

“Jim comes to us with in-depth industry knowledge and experience,” says Wholesale President Russ Arbuckle. “We look forward to him sharing his ideas and insights with the team, helping us to continue and strengthen our service, growth and profitability.”

“In my quest to join one of the fastest-growing Continental distributors anywhere in the United States, my factory friends all recommended Wholesale,” says Oman. “The combination of our areas of expertise will undoubtedly lead to continued growth. I am grateful for the recommendations and confidence extended by Russ and the staff here at Wholesale.”

Wholesale is a full-service distributorship that specializes in on-premises, industrial and vended laundry development throughout Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, the Florida Panhandle, and parts of Tennessee and South Carolina.   


PHILADELPHIA — Penn Emblem Co. has promoted Angelica Trejo to the position of direct embroidery customer support lead, according to the company. 

Trejo started working with Penn Emblem in 2012 as a direct embroidery customer support specialist. She has worked with many large accounts and has a deep understanding of the direct embroidery business and the diversity of the products that Penn Emblem offers, the company says.

Penn Emblem says Trejo has innovated its direct embroidery processes to better production and is looking forward to using her expertise to grow the department.

Trejo says she is excited to take on her new role at Penn Emblem and is thankful for the opportunity to continuing growing.

“Cross-training is my focus right now,” she says. “I would like to help my team to grow in the company and to achieve their goals.”


MADISON, Ind. — Laundry cart manufacturer MODRoto has named Mike Ernst regional sales manager, the company reports.

Covering the Southeast territory of Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana and Puerto Rico, Ernst will be responsible for the continued growth and market expansion of the company’s proprietary product lines, including its Poly-Trux laundry carts, recycling carts and Ship Shape bulk containers.

A veteran of the U.S. Army as project manager and former sales representative for Maxim Healthcare and Firstat Nursing Services, Ernst brings a proven track record for getting the job done, according to National Sales Manager Dan Rodriguez.

“Our customers expect and deserve a high level of personal service, and Mike has demonstrated his willingness to deliver on these high expectations over and over again,” says Rodriguez. “I look forward to working with him for many years to come.”

Ernst earned a master of science degree in organizational leadership at Columbus State University, Columbus, Ga.; the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification from Georgia Tech; and a bachelor of science degree in marketing at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, according
to MODRoto. 

He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Advanced Officer Leadership School, and resides with his wife and son in Columbus.



Jennifer Smith

Jennifer Smith


Dan Connorton

Dan Connorton

DALLAS — Voltea, which produces Membrane-Capacitive Deionization (CapDI©) for salt-free and chemical-free water softening and desalination, has hired Jennifer Smith to its sales team and Dan Connorton to global quality, the company reports.

The company says Smith was hired as its Texas-based sales manager, joining Voltea’s global sales team, reporting to Carlos Camero, senior VP of global sales. 

“Voltea is experiencing rapid growth, which makes it a very exciting time for the firm. The energy of the team is contagious, and I am eager to support the sales efforts with the expansion in the U.S.,” says Smith.

Voltea says Smith joins the team after nine years of experience in the environmental services sector, where she led the business development, marketing and sales strategies for a firm nationwide. During her tenure, she also obtained the Registered Environmental Manager (REM) accreditation in order to better understand and assist with operational tasks. She is passionate about the environment and enjoys meeting with people to help them determine the best solution for their needs, the company says. Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Texas. 

Voltea says Connorton joins its operations team as global quality leader, reporting to Timothy Cavitt, COO.

“I am excited to rejoin Voltea at a crucial time for business growth. Implementing a world-class quality system that can help drive continuous improvement throughout the company is an essential part of our process,” says Connorton.

Connorton rejoins Voltea with years of quality systems management experience in the water industry. He has significant experience with membrane technology, and four years with Voltea’s CapDI Technology in particular, the company says. 

Voltea says Connorton brings ISO QMS setup experience to the team and will be responsible for ensuring Voltea’s quality system is maintained to customer expectations. This role includes managing quality at both manufacturing facilities in Dallas and Sassenheim, The Netherlands, as well as component suppliers.


SYRACUSE, N.Y. — D.J. Giancola Exports Inc. has promoted Trevor E. Giancola to director of international sales, says Charles C. Giancola, president. 

Having served in the parts department and as sales coordinator, Trevor Giancola has continued to grow sales over the past five years since joining the team, according to the company.

He represents the third generation in the business and will carry on the company’s long-term commitment to all vendors, customers and distributors worldwide as it approaches nearly 60 years in the laundry and drycleaning industry, says D.J. Giancola Exports.


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