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Bethel to lead Two Palms Casual division of Furniture Classics

Furniture Classics has named Jeannie Bethel as national sales manager for its new Two Palms Casual division.

Bethel worked as a consultant for Furniture Classics in the development of the Two Palms Casual brand, which was launched in Atlanta in January. She will now be responsible for all sales and marketing efforts. Prior to her association with Furniture Classics, Bethel spent 10 years as director of sales and marketing for Tyndall Creek Furniture.

The Two Palms Casual collection will be exhibited at the Casual Market in Chicago on the 7th floor, Space 6106. Two Palms Casual will also be shown at the High Point Market in Showplace, Space 2401.

Cal Spas appoints David Luciano national shows and sales trainer

Cal Spas has named David Luciano as national shows and sales trainer.

Luciano is responsible for providing tradeshow sales and setup support to Cal Spas dealers nationwide. Specifically, he will guide them in product pricing for home shows to help maximize their sales efforts.

He also will show dealers how to make their showrooms and sales booths more consumer-friendly and appealing by effectively displaying Cal Spas' wide array of products, such as hot tubs, barbecue grill islands, gazebos, billiard tables, bars, fireplaces, firepits and saunas.

Luciano brings more than 17 years of experience in the spa industry. He has conducted world-class home shows throughout the U.S. and Canada; owned a Cal Spas retail outlet; helped supervise sales teams for more than 20 companies, including Sundance Spas, Master Spas and Clearwater Spas; and managed and sold for stores and outlets throughout the country.

Ancient Mosaic Studios taps Wasylenko for top sales post

Ancient Mosaic Studios and Piage-Pieta Art Stone, designers and manufacturers of handcrafted outdoor furniture and accessories, appointed John M. Wasylenko to the new post of director of sales and marketing for both divisions.

Wasylenko brings 18 years of experience as vice president of marketing and sales in the promotional advertising industry, the majority of those years with holding company Wilson Brothers USA. Wasylenko also has 10 years of progressive multi-plant manufacturing management experience in the printing and paper converting industry. He reports to managing partners Tim Capron and Paul Knutson.

"We believe that John's background is a perfect fit with the needs of Ancient Mosaic Studios and Piage & Pieta in relation to key accounts and sales management," Capron said.

"John brings a wealth of expertise to this new position in all areas of sales and marketing and we're delighted to bring him on board," Knutson said.

Because Ancient Mosaic Studios entered new product arenas with the recent acquisition of Piage & Pieta, both Knutson and Capron agree Wasylenko will better enable management to transform the company from a niche tabletop producer to a much broader specialty furniture manufacturer.

"I am excited about the opportunity of joining such progressive entrepreneurs and a company that is poised for tremendous growth," Wasylenko said.

Maurice DiTrapani also was named controller for both Ancient Mosaic Studios and Piage-Pieta Art Stone. DiTrapani brings several years of experience to his new position and is responsible for overseeing all administrative functions including accounting, customer service, human resources, IT, financial reporting and control.

Edward Ghiz named head of Paddock's remodel department

Edward Ghiz now oversees Paddock Pools, Patios and Spas' remodel department in Arizona. He will be responsible for directing the in-house sales remodel team and all remodel operations including repair and construction.

"Our business has grown enormously over the past two years and we felt it was time to take advantage of Edward's experience and management style to ensure the proper service Paddock customers expect in all areas of our business," said David Ghiz, president of Paddock Pools, Patios & Spas. "Edward brings 33 years of experience in the pool business and grew up with the guidance of our father, George Ghiz, who founded Paddock in 1958."

Treasure Garden celebrates 2007 success

At its annual company dinner in Chicago in July, Treasure Garden celebrated record-breaking success for 2007.

Unprecedented achievements were all recognized with awards given to the sales team for outstanding achievements in sales volume, increased business and new accounts by company President and CEO Oliver Ma. Treasure Garden would like to thank its long-term business partners for their loyalty and incredible support, he said.

Tervis adds staff in response to company growth

Tervis Tumbler, manufacturer of insulated drinkware, has added key staff to manage its continuing growth. Most recently, Tervis Tumbler named David R. Church as its new director of manufacturing.

Church was formerly employed as chief operations officer of Berliss Bearing Company, and previously served as president of Globalwide Solutions, a subsidiary of Berliss. With more than 26 years of experience in manufacturing and product management, Church brings to Tervis Tumbler an extensive background in engineering, materials management, production, purchasing, global sourcing and new product development. Church's qualifications also encompass sales and marketing, customer service and human resources.

"What attracted me to Tervis is the honest investment this company is making to integrate smart business practices," Church said. "What I found was the same high expectations I had set for Tervis, they had set for me as well, so it was a good fit."

A proponent of Tervis Tumbler's ongoing lean manufacturing efforts, Church also takes special interest in professional development programs for his employees. "Bringing out the best in the people around me is the most rewarding thing I can do," he said.

Church is responsible for all areas of manufacturing, including engineering, materials management, production and shipping, as well as purchasing, new product development and building maintenance. Church also serves on the company's executive committee.

Reporting to Church are new employees Dham Vaylur, project engineer; Carmen Frometa, second shift supervisor; and Miriam Zeigler, senior purchasing agent.

Tervis Tumbler's Director of Information Technologies Rick Drass, who was appointed in August 2006, has since staffed up his department with four employees to handle the company's ever-growing support needs. They are: Leslie Nottingham, senior systems analyst; Patricia Smith, senior network administrator; Gregory Volkov, systems analyst II, and Dane Fieber, systems analyst I. Additionally, Tervis has added employees in sales, data entry, and production, to accommodate its unprecedented growth.

"We were so pleased to have David Church aboard," Tervis CEO Laura Spencer said. "His expertise is manufacturing, but he has valuable insight that spans all departments."

Spencer said Tervis remains highly focused on hiring and retaining exceptional people for its expanding operation, summarizing, "They have to be exceptional to handle our quality demands, not to mention our fast pace."

Earlier this year, Spencer was named chief executive officer. She is also a member of the North Venice, Fla.-based drinkware manufacturing company's board of directors. Spencer previously was chief operating officer and after was chief financial officer, since joining the company in 1997 as controller.

Prior to Tervis, Spencer worked for Sarasota CPA firm Kerkering-Barbario.




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