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Owens Corning board adds two members

BY David Salazar

Toledo, Ohio-based Owens Corning announced Wednesday that it had added two new members to its board of directors. The new members are NBCUniversal EVP Cesar Conde and FMC Technologies SVP and CFO Maryann Seaman.

"We welcome Maryann and Cesar to our Board of Directors," Owens Corning Chairman and CEO Mike Thaman said. "Our company will benefit from their broad business experience and diverse backgrounds."

Seaman has been with FMC Technologies since 1986, working in various capacities since then. In addition to her time as treasurer and VP administration, she has acted as secretary to two committees on FMC’s board of directors. She’s currently a member of the board of the Houston-based outood amphitheater, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.

Conde, before moving into NBCUniversal, was the president of Univision Networks and also serves on the Council on Foreign Relations, as well as White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics board. He works with the Paley Center for Media and the Aspen Institute as a trustee and serves on the Foundation for Excellence in Education board.

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Epicor unveils Eagle N Series

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Austin, Texas-based Epicor Software Corporation, a global leader in business software solutions for manufacturing, distribution, retail and services organizations, today unveiled the Epicor Eagle N Series.

The solution is described as next-generation retail management software for independent retail businesses. Part of the improvement is a simplified user interface, the company said. 

“Eagle N Series makes Epicor’s renowned retail feature set easier to use and puts analytics and access to support at users’ fingertips,” said Craig McCollum, executive VP and general manager, retail distribution solutions for Epicor. “This new software strikes a perfect balance of advanced functionality and ease-of-use to give independent retailers the tools they need to outservice their competition.” 

Epicor Eagle N Series is designed to give independent retailers the advanced technology used by big-box retailers at an affordable price point, according to Epicor. It allows independent retailers to make the most of their biggest competitive asset: exceptional customer service. 

The new software gives independent retailers a comprehensive set of business management tools aimed at creating a seamless, customer-centric shopping experience. It also offers embedded business intelligence, simplified workflows, an integrated support bar with context sensitive access to online training, customer support and online user community, and an updated user interface.

“As an independent retail business, understanding our customers is critical,” said Kyle Little, e-commerce and IT manager for Little Hardware. “Epicor Eagle N Series helps us take customer information to the next level, putting us closer to our analytical data by enhancing the applications that we use daily with new insights on customer purchasing behavior. With analytics embedded within the solution and readily available at our fingertips, it’s easier to see our customers’ shopping habits, behaviors and buying patterns. A combination of understanding customer information and business analytics creates the ultimate consumer experience, and ultimately a better retail business.” 

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Trex CEO reflects on Middle East milestone

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Trex CEO and president Ronald Kaplan gave a few words on the company’s recent entry into a new development project in Dubai — what will eventually be the Emirate’s longest boardwalk.

"We are honored to have been chosen to be part of such a significant and beneficial endeavor," said Kaplan. "This project marks a major milestone for Trex as the Corniche represents one of the largest uses of Trex decking in a single public installation. Selection of our Transcend product is a testament to the proven quality and durability of Trex offerings.

The project, dubbed the Jumeirah Corniche Development Project, was envisioned by VP and ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid. It will be constructed along 14 km of beachfront, spanning six residential communities between Dubai Marine Beach Resort and Spa to Burj Al Arab Hotel. It will also include a recreational area with room for exercise and sporting activities, such as a jogging track, retail kiosks and rest areas.

"We look forward to bringing the Sheikh’s innovative vision to life and sharing the Trex experience with the residents and visitors of the UAE through this meaningful development," added Kaplan.

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