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Jim Fay named CSI/Moen’s 2012 Representative of the Year

BY HBSDealer Staff

In a nod to significant growth resulting from his initiatives, Jim Fay has been named Creative Specialties International’s 2012 Representative of the Year.

Fay is recognized for his long-term strategic planning and success in helping the company navigate a changing marketplace, which culminated in an 89% year-over-year growth in 2012. He orchestrated the effort to develop a proprietary lead-generation source and launched a CSI/Moen approval campaign among developers and designers (CSI is the bath hardware division of Moen).

Fay hails from the Phoenix Enterprise, a Rochester, N.Y.-based manufacturer’s representative agency that has weathered drastic changes in the market since the 1970s, according to the company.

“I am thrilled to receive this award from CSI/Moen, as it reflects the hard work and vision of our entire team,” said Fay. “While we did not embark on this strategic growth initiative for the awards, we are very grateful and honored to be recognized in such a way. It has taken a lot of work and planning, but we’re now seeing the results we had hoped for when we started.”

Fay saw an opportunity to navigate away from CSI’s existing strategy of targeting single-family housing starts. Realizing that the company wasn’t generating enough revenue on starts alone, Fay developed a campaign to position CSI/Moen as the standard-bearer in the industry.

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Trex Select wood alternative debuts relaxed Pebble Grey color

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Trex Co. has announced the addition of Pebble Grey to its Trex Select decking and railing collection. The cool, subdued color will make its debut on the market as homeowners put the finishing touches on their decks and patios for the season.

According to the company, Pebble Grey "creates a relaxed coastal atmosphere that complements the exterior of any home."

Pebble Grey will be the fifth in a line of Trex Select decking colors inspired by nature, including Madeira, Winchester Grey, Saddle and Woodland Brown.

Trex Select decking is a wood alternative that resists weather, general wear and tear, stains, mold, splintering and warping. The maintenance-free product is designed for entry-level DIYers, according to the company.

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PEOPLE IN THE NEWS: Jeremy Liebowitz

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Newell Rubbermaid has made way for a major e-commerce recalibration with the appointment of Jeremy Liebowitz as the company’s first VP global e-commerce. Touting an 18-year track record of driving e-commerce growth, Liebowitz will be spearheading Rubbermaid’s latest initiative to develop a global online presence.

Liebowitz is leaving his position as VP digital commerce and marketing at Jaden Corp., where he achieved steady online revenue growth over five years. 

"In this highly visible and collaborative role, Jeremy will focus on maximizing our online commercial presence with existing customers and developing a long-term channel strategy to drive growth," said Mark Tarchetti, Newell Rubbermaid’s chief development officer.

The move comes amid faltering confidence among inside traders, according to Insider Monkey. The number of long-term hedge fund positions has recently shrank by at least five for Newell Rubbermaid.

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