There’s been a lot going on at GroupeSTAHL lately, with visitors from around the world, new buildings, new products, new customers and new opportunities. Suffice it to say, we are working hard to provide you with the tools you need to make your custom garment decoration business successful, no matter how big or how small. Today we had the honor of welcoming Tighe Torbit and Ben Robinson of Hotronix heat press manufacturing. They both play very important roles in making Stahls’ Hotronix the world’s largest manufacturer of heat presses.
I would also like to take this opportunity to publicly announce the recent retirement of our CEO Brian Sukarukoff and the appointment of Chris Lawson as the new GroupeSTAHL CEO. Earlier last week we said “thank you” to Brian during a special teleconference. We are all very grateful for Brian’s many contributions to GroupeSTAHL and we wish him all the best. Needless to say, Brian left big shoes to fill and will be missed. But we are more than confident that Chris’ proven financial, operations, leadership and business building skills will take GroupeSTAHL into the future.
With Chris we welcome a unique combination of business and leadership skills. His financial background as a CPA is a strong foundation but when combined with his vast experiences in operations, marketing, and IT, we have someone who brings new meaning to the word “Renaissance Man.” Chris’s track record has shown how he has given new life to several companies through expansion, increased distribution and groundbreaking marketing. One of his accomplishments is the Atwater Brewery, which grew to the #2 brand in Michigan by its third year. We can’t print his entire resume here, but here are some more of the highlights: As the former CFO and Executive Vice-President of Ross Roy Advertising (a $1.0 billion(billing) private advertising/marketing services company specializing in advertising, merchandising, direct marketing, sales training and collateral, public relations, new product launches. Sold to Omnicom, Inc.) , Chris led the development and execution of a strategic growth plan that helped this regional company become one of the top 5 in its industry in America. Part of this process included integrating 15 agencies around the country under one financial roof.
Along with proven strategic planning, financial, operations and general management skills, Chris also brings hands-on entrepeneurial experience. He was managing partner of a real estate sub-development of the Town Center of Palmetto Bluff, a 23,000 acre master planned golf community and resort and also an investor, owner-representative in the development of the Ford Plantation an exclusive private “outdoor sporting community” near Savannah, GA. Please join me in welcoming Chris to the GroupeSTAHL family.