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QuickConnect: August 2014

News from NAHAD Members

Congratulations to NAHAD member companies and their employees for recent promotions and new hires:

APG welcomes David Deslatte to the APG family as the new CFO. His expertise has proven to be a great asset to APG and APG anticipates a great future with David.


Hose Master is proud to announce the advancement of Joe Valenti to National Sales Manager. Joe has been with Hose Master for over 25 years and will lead Hose Master’s national sales team in implementing company strategy, maintaining sales growth, and training all sales personnel. 

Hose Master is also pleased to announce the promotion of Chris Dionisio to Regional Sales Manager. Chris will be taking over leadership of the entire Gulf Region, which includes the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas.


Texcel is pleased to announce some changes to the Texcel Team. Tanya Boucher has recently joined Texcel and will assume to role of Marketing Manager where she will oversee and collaborate on Texcel’s marketing initiatives. Tanya comes to Texcel with many years of experience in sales and marketing from her time spent with Delta Rigging & Tools, O’Rourke Petroleum, and Shell Oil.

Don Kilgore another new addition to Texcel, brings many years of experience in industrial distribution from his time spent with Goodyear, Civacon and, most recently, Thermoid. Don will assume the role of Territory Manager – Southwest Region, where he will oversee Texcel’s sales strategy in Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma. Also, Texcel would like to congratulate David Wright. David has been promoted to the position of Director of Business Development where he will oversee Texcel’s new market strategy.


Faxon LogoFaxon Engineering Company, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of Rick Smith as an Outside Sales Engineer for Northwest Connecticut/ Massachusetts Region. Rick‘s background includes senior sales and management positions for several hose and fittings manufacturers across the country. He has over 17 years of sales experience with a proven track record of growth. “His skills and background will be a great asset to Faxon,” states John Clark, Faxon’s President.


Hi-Tech Duravent announces the hiring of Ben Howard as Key Account Manager and Alex Arabea as Marketing Product Manager.

Howard will be responsible for managing and developing identified industrial accounts. “By adding Howard to the Hi-Tech Duravent team, explains Jay Schlageter, General Manager, “we have created a focused approach to realizing market demands and meeting customers’ needs – while fulfilling the company’s overall strategic plan.” Howard brings extensive experience in sales, territory management, and customer relationship building. Howard comes to Hi-Tech Duravent, from GBS Building Supply, where he worked as an outside sales representative. Prior to GBS, Howard served as an outside sales representative for Carson’s Nut-Bolt & Tool Company and as a territory manager for Silver Line.

As Marketing Product Manager, Arabea will be responsible for executing marketing responsibilities related to Hi-Tech Duravent’s new product research, new product launches, and product market expansion.

Arabea comes to Hi-Tech Duravent from Henkel Corporation, a global chemical company, where he served as Territory Manager, and PRISM Rotational Program Associate. Prior to Henkel, Arabea worked as Brand Product Manager for Hubbell Lighting, Inc. He brings extensive experience in new product roll-outs, territory management and lead generation.


SPIR STAR Ltd., a manufacturer of high pressure thermoplastic hose located in Houston, Texas, is proud to announce the promotion of Mr. Joseph B. Derzapf, formerly Vice President and General Manager, to President and CEO of SPIR STAR in May 2014. Mr. Derzapf joined the SPIR STAR team in 1997, and served as Production Manager, before becoming the Vice President and General Manager in 2010.

In addition, Mr. Jerry Carter has been promoted to Vice President of Sales and CCO. Mr. Carter joined SPIR STAR in 1997, working his way up to the position of Shop Foreman, before transferring to inside sales and continuing to work up towards the position of Sales Manager in 2008. Furthermore, SPIR STAR is pleased to announce the promotion of Mr. Lars Zeisig to Vice President of Finance and CFO. Mr. Zeisig joined SPIR STAR in 2010 as a Sales and Research Market Analyst. Mr. Zeisig has a Bachelor of Science in International Business Administration, and is multi-lingual, fluent in Spanish and German, among other languages.


Officials at HBD Industries, Inc. (Dublin, OH) announce that Mr. Eric Fitzpatrick will become the new Director of Sales and Marketing for HBD/Thermoid, Inc. (Bellefontaine, OH). HBD/Thermoid, Inc. is a subsidiary of HBD Industries, Inc., one of the largest suppliers of industrial products in North America.

"We are pleased to announce the promotion of Eric Fitzpatrick to Director of Sales and Marketing for  HBD/Thermoid, Inc." said Randy L. Greely, Chairman & CEO of HBD Industries, Inc. “With over 20 years of marketing and sales experience, Eric will develop and execute sales and marketing strategies for all Thermoid® brand products. Eric’s leadership, marketing skills and proven sales management experience will assist HBD/Thermoid in meeting the changing needs of its present and future customers.”

In 2013, Eric Fitzpatrick joined HBD/Thermoid, Inc. as the company’s General Sales Manager and was responsible for directing all field sales and marketing activities. Prior to that, Eric worked for Black & Decker, Premix, Newell Rubber and Barnes Distribution, where he held various sales and marketing management positions and provided sales/services to multiple channels of distribution, such as industrial, automotive and retail. Eric holds a B.A. Degree in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, OH). He also has a MBA from Ohio University (Athens, OH).

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