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April 12, 2013

3M Announces New Appointments in Building and Commercial Services

ST. PAUL, MN — 3M announces two of its key Building Service employees in new roles aimed to better serve contractors. Kevin Tholen is named Business Development Manager, and Paul Burke becomes Building Service Contractor Account Manager, both in 3M Building and Commercial Services Division.

In his new role, Kevin Tholen is responsible for developing solutions for building service contractors that will enable them to enhance their overall operations while meeting their business goals.  

Tholen has been with 3M for 32 years and has served in a variety of roles, including marketing, business development and key account management. Additionally, Tholen previously served in laboratory, engineering and customer research roles at 3M. He has also been a Six Sigma Black Belt for 3M’s Building and Commercial Services Division. Tholen holds a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management in Strategic Business Management.

“Kevin brings a wide breadth of experiences as well as industry knowledge that will enable him to not only understand the needs of building service contractors, but to develop and deliver solutions that help them succeed,” said Cathy O’Malley, U.S. Marketing Manager, 3M Building and Commercial Services Division.    

“I am excited about this new role and look forward to working with building service contractors on sustainable solutions that reduce cost, enhance productivity and help keep their workers safer,” said Tholen.

In his new role, Paul Burke is responsible for building relations and program solutions utilizing 3M innovative products and global resources for building service contractors.

Burke has been with 3M for 15 years and has served in a variety of roles, including Territory Representative in Upstate New York and Broker Supervisor for Eastern Pennsylvania, Upstate New York, Ohio, Maryland, New England and New Jersey. He is a member of Building Service Contractors Association International, National Service Alliance, ISSA and New York State Superintendents of Buildings and Grounds Association. Additionally, Burke previously served as Strategic Accounts Business Development Manager for 3M. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from New York University

“Paul brings a wealth of experience and expertise and is well respected within the cleaning industry and our organization. We’re excited about the role he will play in working with building service contractors to deliver solutions that enable them to meet their customers’ needs while optimizing their bottom line,” said Greg Pfouts, U.S. Sales Director, 3M Building and Commercial Services.

“I am thrilled to be able to share my national and regional 3M Building Service Contract Cleaning experience with this influential group of contract cleaning business leaders,” said Burke. “I have a unique opportunity to be a national industry resource, offering innovative 3M solutions to organizations that are always searching for-cost effective commercial cleaning systems.”

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