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Clark Retires from G.A. Braun, Two Promoted

Leadership roles in aftermarket operations, U.S.-Canada sales filled

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — J.B. Werner, CEO and Chairman of the Board for laundry equipment manufacturer G.A. Braun, reports that Dave Clark, vice president of aftermarket operations/customer service has retired after 24 years of dedicated service to the company.

Clark’s successor, Sandro Bortoloni, has been promoted to the position of director of aftermarket operations.

Also, Gary Ostrum, executive vice president of global sales and marketing shares that Ray Burke has been promoted to vice president of sales, U.S. and Canada.

Throughout his career with Braun, Clark successfully led his team of field service technicians, service support help desk and replacement parts programs to the highest levels in the industry, the company says. He was also instrumental in the development of Braun’s Certified Remanufactured Equipment Program.

“We wish Dave much well-deserved relaxation and time with his family as he embarks on the next chapter of his life and thank him for 24 years of dedication to team Braun,” says Werner. “We also congratulate Sandro on his promotion and are extremely confident that with his leadership he will complement our strategic business pursuits well into the future.”

Bortoloni joined G. A. Braun in 1996. Through the years due to his hard work and dedication, the company says he was promoted to many positions with his last being field service manager.

Bortoloni holds a Bachelor of Science in operations management and obtained a Six Sigma Black Belt Certification, as well as many other certifications.

Burke has been in the laundry industry for 42 years and is actively involved in several laundry industry associations. For the past 15 years, he held the position of West Coast regional sales manager.

The company says Burke’s dedication to the industry, vast knowledge of plant operations and strategic planning will enhance its customer support in the U.S. and Canadian markets.

“Ray is a respected industry veteran and has a strong background in laundry facility management, strategic sales planning and business analysis,” Ostrum says.

“In his new role, we are confident Ray will help to further strengthen our commitment to our U.S. and Canadian client base by providing exceptional customer support.”

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