People News-January 2015



British Promotional Merchandise Association (UPIC: bpma)—Matt Franks, chairman


Asian Sourcing Link Ltd.—Alan Patrick, regional sales director-Americas

Boost Technologies, LLC, parent company of Shumsky Promotional (UPIC: SHUMSKY)—Bill Diederich, president of all business units


Bugatti-Sedona, Inc. (UPIC: B545540)—Mike Oliver, director of specialty advertising, North America

Heritage Sportswear/Virginia T’s (UPIC: HERI0002)—Kristin Egan, promoted to territory manager for central and southern Ohio

Hit Promotional Products (UPIC: HITP0001)—Grace Tejchman, national account manager

Hub Pen Company (UPIC: HUBPEN)—Robyn Squire, customer service representative for Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming

Polyconcept North America—Sharon Willochell, president, and Derrick Milne, CEO, of PCNA Apparel; Jeff Brown, president of PCNA Hardgoods; Bob Herzog, COO of PCNA, assumes responsibility for all PCNA operations, including customer support and decorating operations for PCNA Apparel and PCNA Hardgoods divisions, and oversight of the Pittsburgh, Miami, Toronto and Kentucky operational centers; and David Grobisen, PCNA vice president of sales, to lead sales efforts across both the PCNA Apparel and PCNA Hardgoods divisions in the U.S. and Canada. Within the U.S., sales management for both PCNA Apparel and PCNA Hardgoods will be consolidated under Rick French, PCNA sales manager, mid-Atlantic region; Scott Anderson, PCNA director of sales, Midwest region; Steve Gelernter, PCNA sales manager, Northeast region. Tim Mason, PCNA sales manager-strategic accounts, to lead national account relationships for both divisions.

SanMar Corporation (UPIC: SNMR)—Mike Knapick, chief information officer

SnugZ USA, Inc. (UPIC: SNUGZUSA)—RaNell Lefler, promoted to chief financial officer

Starline Industries, Inc. (UPIC: STAR0009)—Marie Helene Granger, promoted to vice president of sales, eastern Canada

Summit Group (UPIC: summit)—Stephanie Bierbaum, promoted to senior program manager, and Patrice Scott, corporate controller

Toddy Gear (UPIC: T516677)—Jason Emery, vice president

Vantage Apparel (UPIC: vantage)—Joe Eberz and Associates, represent the company in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio

In Memoriam: Ross C. Castanga

Ross C. Castanga, past president of supplier Anvil Knitwear (UPIC: ANVIL289), passed away November 10. He was 86.

A graduate of Brown University and a U.S. Navy veteran, Castanga first entered the promotional products business in 1949 with Brown & Bigelow. He later joined Rapid American, and then with B.V.D. started the screen print division. B.V.D. Screenprint became Anvil Knitwear in 1976, and Castanga became its president in 1986. He led the company until he retired in 1998.

Castanga is survived by his daughter, Robin Alvis, and son-in-law Andy, and their two children; his sister, Nancy Foertsch, and his brother-in-law Henry; and a number of nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Leona, and his brother, John.

A service for Castanga was held November 15 at St. Catherine’s Church in Pelham, New York.

In Memoriam: Rhonda Stefanski

Rhonda Stefanski, co-owner of Cleveland, Ohio, distributor House of Hedges, Inc. (UPIC: HOUS0002), passed away in November. She was 57.

Alongside her work with House of Hedges, Stefanski was active in community and philanthropic causes, and the Marc A. and Rhonda L. Stefanski Foundation, which she and her husband have managed for the past 23 years.

Stefanski is survived by her husband, Marc; her children, Ashley (with husband Jamie Williams), Kyle, Bradley, Alexander and Melissa; her father, Albert Hegyes; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Services were held at Cleveland’s St. Stanislaus Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family’s foundation, with proceeds going to pancreatic cancer research, 7007 Broadway Ave., Cleveland, Ohio 44105.

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