At ServiceMaster, big plans for a new hire
Memphis, Tenn.-based ServiceMaster Global Holdings appointed Dion Persson to senior VP of business development for ServiceMaster. Persson will be responsible for developing and executing a well-structured process for spinning off the company’s American Home Shield business into a new stand-alone, public company in 2018.
In his new role, Persson also will be responsible for identifying and advancing all business development activities for the company. This includes directing and evaluating new marketplace opportunities, such as strategic partnerships, mergers, and acquisitions that support ServiceMaster’s strategic growth and development plans – with the goal of positioning two successful publicly traded companies in 2018.
“Dion is a strong leader with proven experience in spin-offs and business development and, under his guidance, we will execute plans to ensure both ServiceMaster and American Home Shield have the opportunity to realize their respective growth potential and deliver enhanced long-term value for shareholders,” said Nik Varty, ServiceMaster CEO. “We have a steadfast commitment to meet the expectations of our customers, employees, and shareholders. Dion’s leadership and solid track record in the business development space will guide our efforts for growing both companies and maximizing shareholder value.”
Prior to joining ServiceMaster, Persson served as vice president of strategy and analytics for Ingersoll Rand. He joined the company in 2011 as vice president, strategy and business development for the Residential Solutions sector, where he worked with the Trane heating and cooling and Schlage security businesses. He also served as the business leader for the Ingersoll Rand home automation business and led a strategy refresh in connection with the spin-off of Allegion plc.
Persson also served as senior vice president and general counsel and head of human resources at Johns Manville.
Eldorado Stone opens new Pennsylvania facility
San Diego, Calif.-based Eldorado Stone is up and running in a new manufacturing and distribution facility near Greencastle, Pennsylvania. The facility consolidates activities from two preexisting locations—an aging manufacturing facility near Greencastle and a distribution facility in Hagerstown, Maryland—into one central hub for the region.
“By consolidating operations into a single facility and upgrading equipment, our team will be able to increase capacity by 25 to 30 percent while ultimately spending less on operational logistics,” said Ramsay Hawfield, VP of marketing and product development at Eldorado Stone. “This increase will translate directly into enhanced service opportunities for Eldorado Stone customers all along the East Coast.”
The 432,000-square-foot facility on 25.4 acres will incorporate a new system designed to improve productivity and reduce waste materials by repurposing wastewater and other wet waste. The company says it plans to invest approximately $7 million in equipment and machinery.
“In addition to the technological improvements, we’re excited about the impact this facility will have on our employees’ lives,” said Frank Guthrie, plant manager. “We have more space for operations, more lighting, vastly improved air circulation, and a range of comfort features that will provide our team with a safe and enjoyable work environment.”
Throwback Thursday: a Who’s Who of Pro Dealers
With the 2017 ProDealer Industry Summit coming soon — Oct. 17-19 in Phoenix, Arizonia — this week's Throwback Thursday looks back at the 2006 Pro Dealer Conference, an event dominated by discussion of the economy, according to the headlines.
Coverage of the event in the Oct. 16, 2006 issue of Home Channel News, the forerunner of HBSDealer, reveals that the collective LBM industry of 2006 knew it was in for a fight, but many were still expecting and predicting a soft landing. "The consensus? It's going to be a jerky ride, but no one is bracing for a free fall," reads the article.
There were hopeful notes from economists combined with distressing sales reports from homebuilders. And there was plenty of networking among and between luberyards large and small.
The event also recognized the growth of ProBuild Holdings. Have you crossed paths with any of the dealers executives in the photo above? Let us know at [email protected]