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PEOPLE IN THE NEWS: Jim Heim

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Jim Heim, the president of business development for Central Garden & Pet, received the Pet Industry Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council. 

Heim, who served on the PIJAC board of directors for seven years, and as the chairman for the past four years, focused his tenure’s efforts on communicating to pet industry and political leaders the benefits of a healthy companion animal industry, educating others in support of animal welfare, and promoting the numerous benefits of the human-pet bond.

Walnut Creek, Calif.-based Central Garden & Pet CEO John Ranelli said, “Jim is a pillar and key leader in the pet industry. We are very proud to have him on the Central team." 

Jim also currently serves as the chairman of the American Pet Product Association (APPA) and is a director of the Pet Food Institute. 

PIJAC, a Washington,D.C.-based pet advocacy association, works to ensure that animals in the care of pet owners are treated with kindness and respect, and that pets do not cause environmental or human health problems.

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Simonton scores high in window satisfaction

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Simonton, for the fourth consecutive year, and Window World tie for highest in J.D. Power satisfaction survey in window and patio door brands. 

Simonton and Window World tie for highest in overall customer satisfaction with windows and patio doors with a score of 801 each (on a 1,000-point scale), which is 16 points higher than the next highest brand.

Simonton performs particularly well in two of the five factors: ordering and delivery; operational performance and durability. Window World (in a tie with Simonton) ranks highest in the study for the first time and performs particularly well in the price paid for products and services received and warranty factors.

"Simonton and Window World are great examples of how companies deliver an outstanding customer experience despite varying sales and delivery methods," said Christina Cooley, director of the home improvement practice at Westlake Village, Calif.-based J.D Power. "What customers care most about are having an easy, convenient and reliable ordering, delivery and installation process, and feeling confident that the windows they purchased will meet their needs in the long term. Both Simonton and Window World have been able to deliver on their brand promises through their own differentiated strengths.”

The J.D. Power & Associates 2013 Windows and Patio Doors Satisfaction Study released Wednesday ranks the top brands thus:

  • Simonton, 801
  • WindowWorld, 801
  • Thermaster by Pella, 785
  • Champion, 778
  • Pella, 778
  • Andersen, 777
  • Milgard, 773
  • Renewal by Andersen, 771
  • Jeld-Wen, 755
  • Marvin, 752
  • American Craftsman, 750

Now in its seventh year, the study measures satisfaction among customers who purchased new windows or patio doors based on performance in five factors: ordering and delivery; operational performance and durability; appearance and design features; price paid for products and services received; and warranty.

“With overall satisfaction remaining stable, we’re seeing more competition among the leaders who have an opportunity to differentiate themselves to drive consideration, conversion to purchase and then use their delighted customers as advocates for their brand to continue to capture more share,” said Cooley. “Brands that promote value, quality products and an efficient process with outstanding customer service have the perfect combination to further differentiate themselves from their competitors.”

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PEOPLE IN THE NEWS: Peter Munk

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Jacuzzi Brands Corp. today appointed Peter Munk as president of Global Spa, a newly created role.

Munk will focus his efforts on the growth of the spa business worldwide, to include sales and marketing, engineering and product development, and global operations strategy.

Munk joined Jacuzzi in April 2011 as head of the Jacuzzi European business units, Prior to joining Jacuzzihe was president and general manager for ACCO Brands EMEA + Asia, and VP consumer products at Black & Decker Europe.

“The appointment of a global leader of our spa business demonstrates our continued commitment to drive growth worldwide and reflects the global opportunity we envision for this strategic business,” said Bob Rowan, CEO of Jacuzzi Brands. “We are committed to our ongoing investments in product innovation and reliability, and creative marketing programs to drive dealer sales and profitability. The business has seen a strong start to the 2013 season and with the appointment of Peter we are ready to bring global best practices in product, marketing and service to our dealer communities around the world.”

In 2011, Jacuzzi established a new manufacturing facility, and in 2012, embarked on several new marketing initiatives that continue to deliver market share growth for its dealers, the company said

Additionally, Jacuzzi added two new brands to its portfolio with the acquisition of ThermoSpas in 2012 and Dimension One Spas in 2013.

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