Hainley Named Toppers President Toppers LLC (asi/91530), a subsidiary of Top 40 supplier Corvest Promotional Products, has appointed Gary Hainley president. He was formerly president/CEO of Trivest’s Shannon Group and Indoor Comfort Group, and was familiar with Corvest through that. So far, Hainley has overhauled several customer-care policies dealing with response rates and service satisfaction.
Don’t Forget Your Friends In Florida Although the news from Florida has been pretty dismal over the past month, what with all the hurricane-related damage and after-effects, it’s worth noting that most suppliers and distributors in the Sunshine State are fully operational, open for business and welcome your orders. Adam Bielowsky, director of sales & marketing at Ever-Lite (asi/52910), says his firm was untouched by the Hurricanes. “Not all Florida businesses have been put out of commission; Ever-Lite Line and others in Miami and on the east coast are unaffected,” he says.
American Solutions/Novation Tentative Agreement American Solutions for Business (asi/120075) has come to a tentative agreement with Novation, the leading supply chain management company in the healthcare industry, to become an endorsed supplier for its network of over 45,000 health care facilities nationwide. If awarded the contract, American will be endorsed to supply Novation facilities with business-related products, including promotional products.
Krasovec Named To CSM Board Frank Krasovec, founder and former CEO of Top 40 supplier Norwood Promotional Products, has been named to the board of trustees of Atlanta-based Cinema Screen Media LLC, an advertising firm that markets products/services to first-run feature-film audiences. Krasovec left Norwood in 2001 and is now chairman of Norwood Investments Inc., a private equity partnership in Austin, TX. He serves on several other corporate boards, including Polyconcept Holding SA, Stravina Operating Co. LLC and Global DocuGraphix Inc. CSM has sales operations in 34 states and contracts with major cinema groups, including Century Theatres, Marcus Theatres, Regal Entertainment Group and Classic Cinemas. The company provides advertising on over 3,000 screens nationwide.
Broder/NES Update We recently reported that Broder Bros Co., parent firm of Top 40 suppliers Alpha Shirt Co. ( asi/34408) and Broder ( asi/42090, had acquired NES Clothing CO. ( asi/72808), another Top 40 supplier, and that we’d supply more info when we got it. Here it is: The purchase price was about $31.7 million, involving a payment of consideration to all NES shareholders, retiring all NES debts and transaction fees. The purchase was funded via a combination of Broder’s asset-based credit facility and investment equity from Bain Capital, the majority owner of Broder Bros.
Ashworth Signs Deal To Distribute Callaway Products In Canada
Ashworth Inc. (asi/37128) has signed a deal with Fletcher Leisure Group Inc. to distribute Callaway Golf apparel in Canada. Fletcher Leisure is the largest supplier of branded golf apparel in Canada with a presence in pro shops, retail and other specialty stores.
People On The Move Hirsch Liquid Ideas (asi/61013) has named Mike Rubenfeld vice president of sales.
Lynka Promotional Products (asi/254384) has named Jaroslw Figiel corporate programs regional sales manager and Olaf Dabrowski a regional sales manager.
ASI (asi/33020) has named Brian Sullivan director of the customer-service product center; Karen Solek customer service assistant manager; Tami Reckard order-processing manager; Kim Kleine supplier Internet coordinator; Dave Richardson an assistant project manager; and Rosa Hernandez as a customer-service rep.
Global DocuGraphix (asi/208311) has acquired National Graphics Co. (asi/280892). Details were not disclosed.
Safehaven Products (asi/84495) has named Donna Houston national sales manager.
CorpLogoWare (asi/168827) has named Jennifer Levine director of communications and has opened an office in Atlanta, headed by Reid Stone.
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