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September 19, 2010
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Sanitaire Commercial Names General Manager

David Parkes has been named general manager of Electrolux''s Commercial division, a new position.

Parkes, who has held a number of district and national sales and management positions at Electrolux Home Care Products since he joined the company in 1989, has served on numerous product development teams and has worked with many national trade partners during his 20-year tenure at the company.

Parkes'' appointment consolidates key functions within Sanitaire, including product development, sales and marketing and provides further support for the newly expanded sales team and sales management infrastructure at the company.

Hill & Markes Welcomes Jason Packer

Hill & Markes Inc. is pleased to announce the hiring of Jason Packer as business development specialist for the Northeast distributor.

Packer, a third-generation family member with Hill & Markes who worked in a variety of part-time roles with the company during high school, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in policy studies from Syracuse University and earned his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from American University.

Packer''s new position as business development specialist was developed as a strategic move for Hill & Markes to expand their market presence.

Betco''s 2009 Pacesetter Award Winners

Betco Corporation is proud to honor the recipients of the 2009 Pacesetter Award, which recognizes team members who led their division in sales and leadership.

This year''s winners are Bobby Kraft, Terry Newland, Mike Jacobs and Joe McPherson — all regional managers for Betco.

All honorees achieved phenomenal sales success and worked diligently, increasing the sales opportunities for Betco distributors; these four individuals have consistently delivered above-quota sales and set an example for others to follow.

SCA Establishes Tork Green Hygiene Council

Tork®, an SCA Tissue North America brand, recently announced that the company has formed the Tork Green Hygiene Council (TGHC) — a panel of four experts that will provide perspective and advice on how to create sustainable and healthy environments, both at work and home.

The TGHC consists of: David Gottfried, founder of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and chief executive officer (CEO) of Regenerative Ventures Inc.; Joshua Radoff, co-founder and principal of VRG Sustainability Consultants; Dr. Allison Aiello, assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan; and Donna Duberg, assistant professor of clinical laboratory science at Saint Louis University.


Kimberly-Clark Professional Launches Sustainability Program

Kimberly-Clark Professional recently launched a sustainability campaign called, "Reduce Today, Respect Tomorrow," which takes a bigger-picture approach to environmental sustainability and is the first truly global communications campaign developed by the company.

The central premise of the "Reduce Today, Respect Tomorrow" campaign is that focusing only on 100 percent recycled fiber content does not address the total picture, nor is it the best approach to environmental sustainability.

Superior product performance that allows customers to use less and waste less is a key component of the program as well as Kimberly-Clark Professional''s business strategy for a more sustainable future.

Georgia-Pacific Earns 2009 SFI Award

Georgia-Pacific Corporation has been recognized for its efforts in increasing understanding of the Sustainable Forest Initiative® (SFI) fiber sourcing program and how it supports family forest owners across North America.

Under Sustainable Forestry Initiative fiber sourcing certification, companies like Georgia-Pacific must have an auditable procurement process for fiber they buy from these lands and, among other things: Encourage landowners to reforest areas that have been harvested; use best management practices to protect water quality; identify and protect important habitat elements for wildlife, including critically imperiled and imperiled species and communities; and use the services of qualified resource and logging professionals.

ProTeam Announces Training Program

ProTeam Inc. recently announced a new training program for organizations seeking to improve the quality and productivity of their onsite cleaning and maintenance practices.

The Cleaning Systems Training Group gives managers a systematic approach for improving cleaning quality, establishing control of supply costs and maximizing labor while minimizing overall costs.

Bob Cummings, who has spent more than 25 years working in the cleaning industry, will lead the Cleaning Systems Training Group and provide concrete tools for leaders to address opposition from a resistant workforce in positive, constructive ways.

ISSA/INTERCLEAN® North America Was A Success

Attendees at this year''s ISSA/INTERCLEAN show, which was held October 6-9 in Chicago, were schooled on the latest and greatest products and services our industry has to offer.

From interactive product demonstrations to compelling keynotes, this year''s show offered a plethora of knowledge and insight into maximizing productivity while maintaining clean, healthy buildings.

Though nearly an entire year away, we hope to see you next year in Orlando. Until then, be sure to check out and relive the best this year''s show had to offer.

Enviro-Solutions Introduces E-Learning Program

Enviro-Solutions Ltd. recently completed an online meeting with members of their sales force throughout North America, introducing the company''s new E-Learning program.

The program, which enables participants to receive training when and where they want and allows them to study what they want at their own pace, allows managers to track and evaluate how well their staff members are doing with the program.

The E-Learning program covers 35 topics, about 20 courses and encompasses more than 100 modules; each module includes a quiz so participants can test their knowledge.

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