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Nilfisk Industrial Vacuum hires sales director

BY Ken Clark

Nilfisk Industrial Vacuum Division announced that Jamie O’Neill has joined the company as director of sales. O’Neill is responsible for driving sales efforts in North America. He oversees the 16-member direct sales force located throughout the United States and Canada.

O’Neill began his career with the Hilti Organization, a multi-billion dollar manufacturer of professional construction products, as an account manager. He then held several leadership positions, including regional sales manager for its New York/Metro Division and, most recently, divisional sales manager for the Eastern Division.

During his 17 years of service with the company, O’Neill was also active in developing Hilti’s global sales management training program and is credited with having an instrumental role in implementing its CRM strategy for his channel. He was also a recipient of the President’s Club Achievement Award on four separate occasions.

O’Neill completed his Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Maryland College, Westminster, Md.

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Simonton Windows shakes up sales department

BY Ken Clark

Columbus, Ohio-based Simonton Windows has reorganized its sales and marketing leadership team 

The move is designed to enable the company to provide even better service to its growing North American customer base, according to the 66-year-old company.

Sid Spear has been named senior VP sales and marketing, and will have oversight over Simonton’s North American sales and marketing organizations. Steve Gillhouse has been named VP sales-East. Tom Danisch has been named VP sales-Central. Pete Placido will remain VP sales-West. These vice presidents will report to Spear.

“As the leader in customer satisfaction for windows and doors, this reorganization enhances relationships with our strategic sales partners,” said Spear. “Our goal is to provide an even stronger value proposition and assist our channel partners in growing their businesses."

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Floor & Decor promotes credit card deal

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Atlanta-based Floor & Decor is promoting a new in-store credit card deal.

The deal is: Use a Floor & Decor credit card before Dec. 22 at one of the company’s 32 U.S. stores and pay no interest for 18 months.

Floor & Decor operates in 15 metropolitan markets across the United States. GE Capital Retail Finance is the partner in the program.

Wendy Martin, chief marketing officer of Floor & Decor, commented: "We are excited to be offering this promotion to our customers. Home renovations are an important investment for homeowners. Financing can hold back homeowners from making the flooring decisions they want." She continues, "We’ve already had great feedback from our in-store customers. The 18-month interest-free financing is a great opportunity for homeowners to make flooring upgrades to their home and have additional time to pay for it."

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