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QuickConnect: April 2014

News from NAHAD Members

NAHAD Members add new employees and promotions.

Geoff_PearceSmart-Hose Technologies is pleased to announce the addition of Geoff Pearce to our sales team. Geoff has over 35 years experience in the industrial gas and process chemical hose industries and holds a Higher National Certificate in Engineering.  He has represented industry leaders including ERIKS Hose Technology and had 16 years of service to Aflex Hose Ltd., as its International Sales Manager and later its Vice President of sales.

Geoff resides in Brighouse, in the United Kingdom and will be working within the UK, European and Middle Eastern markets.  If you are interested in scheduling a Smart-Hose sales meeting, joint calls or contacting Geoff, he can be reached at 44 (0)788 187 4713 or gpearce@smarthose.com.

Smart-Hose Technologies is an international supplier of patented hose assemblies.  All safety hose assemblies have valves in each end that are engineered to close instantly without human intervention in case of catastrophic hose failure, coupling ejection or Pull-Away.  Their newest product line includes full flow breakaways, integrated into their assemblies.  For more information, contact Andrea Guevara, President, Smart-Hose Technologies, 701 Ashland Avenue, Building 22, Suite 11, Folcroft, PA 19032, USA, tel 215-730-9000, email sales@smarthose.com , or visit their website www.smarthose.com .


Michael_YakesNewAge announces the appointment of Michael L. Yakes as Midwest Regional Sales Manager, a new position established to better service the company’s current customers and to expand business. NewAge Industries manufactures plastic and rubber tubing for a wide range of industries, as well as AdvantaPure® high purity products and single use systems for the pharmaceutical and biologics markets.

“We’re very pleased to have Michael as part of our team,” notes Stephen Kuhns, National Sales Manager. “His experience involving tubing and fabricated plastics makes him an asset to both our customers and our staff.”

At NewAge, Yakes is tasked with account management and sales growth for the company’s plastic tubing, reinforced hose, fittings and customized products. Based near Chicago, he covers Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and eastern Wisconsin.

Yakes’ background includes senior sales and management positions with plastics, healthcare and specialty paper companies. He has over 20 years of sales experience in both inside and outside capacities, a proven track record of growth, and knowledge of customers and markets within the Midwest region.


In response to the ever-changing ventilation marketplace and to better align the sales force with broader strategic sales initiatives, ABC Industries has appointed Will Linnemeier to Vice President of International Sales and Business Development and Jennifer Kussmaul to Vice President of Ventilation Sales. The announcement was made by Steve Fleagle, CEO of ABC Industries.

“ABC is responding to both the needs of the ventilation marketplace and opportunities to capitalize on new business,” remarked Fleagle.  “Fortunately, ABC is in the enviable position of having experienced, talented individuals in Will and Jennifer to execute a seamless change with our existing customer base and push hard into new markets and business opportunities.”

Will Linnemeier’s responsibilities will include cultivating growth opportunities in the expanding airline and military ventilation markets.  He will also explore new business ventures and spearhead new market penetration both foreign and domestic.  Linnemeier will also be in charge of all international activity in the mining, tunneling, and industrial ventilation products business units.  

As Vice President of Ventilation Sales, Jennifer Kussmaul will be responsible for all sales operations pertaining to the HVAC, heater, and dehumidification markets.  She will also orchestrate the growth and development of ABC’s industrial ducting distributor network.  In addition to these duties, she will oversee ABC’s mining sales for the Eastern United States. 

Kussmaul has been with ABC for 13 years and has held the positions of Inside Sales Coordinator, Inside Sales Manager and Inside Sales and Special Accounts Manager.  She will continue to supervise ABC’s Inside Sales Coordinators, along with ABC’s Product Manager.  She will report directly to the CEO.

Linnemeier’s tenure with ABC spans 18 years, where he has served as National Sales Manager and Vice President of Sales – Ventilation Products.  In his new role, he will report directly to CEO, Steve Fleagle.

In order to support these changes, CEO Steve Fleagle will oversee mining sales in the Western United States.  Western Region Sales Manager, Bent Crawford, will now report directly to Fleagle.

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