Career Track: Textile Services Company, Laundry Suppliers Announce Promotions, Hires


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Positions filled include upper management, sales



Douglas Green

Douglas Green

SADDLE BROOK, N.J. — Global manufacturing conglomerate Tingue, Brown & Co., has named Douglas Green, Esq., vice president of human resources, the company reports. 

Tingue, Brown & Co. says Green is responsible for all facets of human resources management at the company, including its laundry product supply company, Tingue, operating in North America and Hong Kong; at its plastics rotational molder, MODRoto; and at its consulting firm, TBR Associates. 

Green will oversee policy formulation, organizational development, employee relations and recruitment, compensation and benefits, and navigating the complex regulatory environment, the company says. 

A former employment attorney for the U.S. House of Representatives, Green recently served as vice president of human resources at Guaranteed Rate, a $500 million lending firm with 2,300 employees in 38 states, and at The Merchandise Mart, with 600 employees in eight cities across the United States and Canada. 

At Tingue, Green is to spearhead the integration of various human resources departments at the company’s six facilities in North America into a coordinated team advancing a unified strategy with a consistent approach from one facility to the next, according to David Tingue, CEO of the family-owned company founded in 1902.

“We recognize the importance of taking care of the people who take care of our customers, and Doug brings a high level of success in employee engagement, development and retention,” says David Tingue. “He also brings an insider’s view of the regulatory challenges facing businesses today. I’m very happy to welcome Doug to the team.” 

A featured speaker for the Society of Human Resource Management and a professional mediator, Green also serves as adjunct professor of law at Loyola University, Chicago, and will continue teaching in this position, the company says.

Green earned a doctorate in law from University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign, and a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Washington University School of Business, St. Louis. He resides in Chicago with his wife and their two children.



Richard Bastar IV

Richard Bastar IV

DALLAS — Voltea, which produces Membrane Capacitive Deionization (CapDI©) for salt-free and chemical-free water softening and desalination, has named Richard Bastar IV as its West Coast U.S. sales manager, the company reports. 

Bastar joins Voltea’s global sales team, reporting to Carlos Camero, senior vice president of global sales. 

“I am fired up about joining the strong, dynamic team here at Voltea,” says Bastar. “The water treatment industry has shown the need for this exciting technology through Voltea’s attractive growth to date, and CapDI offers a fresh, new opportunity for the market. Industry leaders in all spaces are constantly looking at ways to reduce their footprint by reusing and recycling their resources. CapDI will have a great impact on the West Coast, and I am glad to be part of this journey.”

Bastar comes from a water treatment background, spending several years in power generation, primary metals and industrial manufacturing facilities, according to the company. He brings a wide variety of industry knowledge to the team from his career as an engineer, as well as serving eight years as an Army officer in the Infantry and Logistics Corps for the National Guard. Bastar earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and attended Marion Military Institute.

The company says that due to its growing installation base in the United States, and the addition of the automated robotic manufacturing facility in Dallas, its sales and production teams are expanding to accommodate the success.

The U.S. West Coast is a pertinent location for water reuse such as CapDI, with stricter guidelines and restrictions being imposed on water usage, Voltea says. Drought and shortages in water supply have mandated critical changes in salt and other minerals being released back into municipal water systems, and CapDI abides by such new regulations.

“Our sales team welcomes Richard to lead and manage business opportunities for Voltea in the West Coast of North America,” Camero says. “Richard is a great addition to our team, bringing years of experience in chemicals/water treatment sales for a variety of applications in heavy industry, power and chemical plants. I’m confident that Richard’s skills and relentless commitment to succeed will make an immediate contribution to our bottom line and aggressive sales growth.” 



John Harper

John Harper


Lee Spradley

Lee Spradley

DENVER, N.C. — Leonard Automatics recently named John Harper as sales manager for its new pressing and finishing lines, and placed Lee Spradley in a key technical support role, the company reports.

Harper brings more than 20 years of sales and marketing experience to Leonard, the company says. His most recent role was in the medical device sector, where he managed a sales team that brought new and disruptive technologies into the hospital marketplace.

Spradley is responsible for new machine installations, repairs and rebuilds in his new role at Leonard, according to the company.

For 29 years, he has been honing his array of skills in the fields of electrical, electronic, welding, mechanical, hydraulics and pneumatics, Leonard says. He started out as an apprentice at the age of 18.  

During his five years with the company, Spradley has built and customized a wide array of equipment, says Leonard. Most recently, he customized and provided support for Leonard’s multi-lane, small-piece draping stacker, the Stack-N-Store.

Spradley is married, with three daughters and two granddaughters.



Bob Safer

Bob Safer

LINDEN, N.J. — Santec Inc. recently promoted Bob Safer to vice president of textile services, the company reports.  

Santec says Safer started with the company back in 2008 and has most recently been a regional sales manager with an emphasis on commercial and on-premises laundries (OPL).

In this new role, Safer will head up developing a companywide training program on all laundry subject matter to help increase the competency and capacity of the organization, while also delivering operational efficiency, Santec says. He will help create optimal alignment between training investments and strategic placement of personnel between divisions with the strategic priorities of Santec in mind.  

Santec says Safer will manage the current and future commercial textile personnel and support staff in the textile services division. 

Safer has been involved in the laundry, drycleaning and chemical business for more than 30 years and is considered to be one of the most experienced laundry professionals at Santec and possibly in the industry, according to the company. 



Dave Rotman

Dave Rotman


Leo Smith

Leo Smith

MINNEAPOLIS — AmeriPride Services, a textile rental services and supply company in North America, appointed Dave Rotman to vice president of marketing and supply chain and promoted Leo Smith to vice president of customer operations, the company reports.

Rotman joined AmeriPride in 2007 and has served in various leadership roles, the company says. In addition to maintaining responsibilities as vice president of supply chain, he will now oversee the marketing function for the organization.

“Dave’s leadership in product marketing, project management and systems alignment has led to significant improvements across the organization, advancing our standardization efforts and improving our capabilities in reporting and technology,” says Bill Evans, president and CEO of AmeriPride. “I am confident that Dave’s company experience, industry knowledge and organizational leadership will ensure success in his new role.”

Rotman previously held leadership roles at Teleplan Wireless, Gelco Information Network, Wam!Net and 3M. He has a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Minnesota.

AmeriPride says Smith has been with the company since 2009, most recently as senior director of customer operations. In his new position, he will be responsible for ongoing efforts to increase customer satisfaction and retention, improve efficiencies and automation, and promote customer development and growth.

“During his tenure with the company, Leo has affected significant change and has overseen the development of many impactful service programs and digital tools,” says Evans. “I know he will continue to help us provide better service through technology and improve our systems to better serve our customers.”

Prior to AmeriPride, Smith served as senior vice president of commercial operations at Gelco Information Network and also held senior leadership roles at Teleplan Wireless and Dataserv, the company says. He studied at Dunwoody Institute and is a graduate of the Minnesota Management Institute at the Carlson School of Management  in Minneapolis.



Warren Hale

Warren Hale

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — G.A. Braun Inc. has added Warren Hale as its new field regional sales manager, the company reports. Hale, a Certified Linen and Laundry Manager (CLLM), has more than 25 years of experience in the laundry industry.

“Warren Hale brings to our customer base exceptional knowledge and experience in plant assessments and operations, with the ability to identify customer needs and deliver optimum laundry equipment solutions,” says Gary Ostrum, Braun’s East Coast regional vice president of sales.

Hale’s area of coverage will be its Southeastern U.S. territory, spanning the states of Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky and Tennessee.

Hale is based out of Knoxville, Tenn.


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