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* David-Garcia.jpgDavid Garcia elected vice president of the CHSA

In recognition of his extraordinary contribution to the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association, founder and former chairman of Polaris Plastics, David Garcia, has been elected vice president of the CHSA. David has been an active member of the CHSA for many years. He is currently serving as treasurer of the Association and has previously served as chairman.

David is the driving force behind the CHSA Undergraduate Bursary Scheme. At David's instigation, the CHSA awards bursaries of up to £4,500 to the children of employees of CHSA members, who successfully apply. He is also responsible for the Annual Gala Ball, a hugely popular event at which the Association members generously raise significant funds for charity. This year's Ball, taking place in May at the Belfry in the West Midlands, is already a sell-out.

"David has consistently made an exceptional contribution over many years," says Stephen Harrison, chairman of the CHSA. "His energy and ideas have been invaluable. The Undergraduate Bursary Scheme is an initiative of which we are very proud. Because of his vision and determination, we are able to give something back to our members and their employees while supporting the next generation of talent.

"We are lucky to have his input and determination on these initiatives and are delighted he has accepted the position of vice president." 

Speaking about his appointment David Garcia said: "I'm very proud of the CHSA, its positive effect on standards and the way in which it represents its members' interests. I'm delighted to have been elected a vice president of the CHSA and am looking forward to continuing to making a difference in the industry." Active in the industry for 40 years, David founded Polaris Plastics almost 30 years ago. Today it is one of the leading providers of refuse sacks and bin liners to the away from home market.



* BioProductions_people.jpgNew appointment is natural next step at Bio-Productions

Burgess Hill manufacturers, Bio-Productions, have welcomed Linda Nardizzi (right) to their team as National Account Manager this month. Her appointment comes after the award-winning company, which has manufactured premium environmentally-friendly cleaning products for professional, janitorial and industrial use since 1984, saw a 14% rise in sales in 2017.

Linda, who has more than two decades of experience in sales, will be responsible for engaging new and existing customers across the UK and Europe with a training programme designed to showcase the company's range of products and their unique benefits. "We are over the moon to have Linda joining the team," said Managing Director, Angela Gill.

"I've known her personally for many years and her vast experience, infectious enthusiasm, and customer-driven approach meant that her appointment was a no-brainer. As we enter 2018, we feel confident that Linda will help us to expand on our year-on-year growth by accentuating what makes us special."

Linda added: "I am so excited to be joining Bio-Productions during this period of growth. We already have a great reputation for manufacturing high-quality 'green' products, and I can't wait to build on this in a positive way by building long-lasting relationships with our customers.

"As I've begun to travel the country, I've spoken with a number of clients who have experienced great results using our industrial products without fully appreciating what makes them special. I'm relishing the challenge of rolling out training nationwide which will inform them about what makes Bio-Productions really stand out."



* Mats_two.jpgMats Inc. promotes two

Commercial flooring company Mats Inc. announces the executive team promotions of Nancy Pedrick to Chief Sales Officer and Rich Ruhlin to Chief Marketing Officer.

Nancy Pedrick joined Mats Inc. in the spring of 2017, bringing with her 20 years of Sales Management experience in the Architectural Sales process. Her previous roles include Vice President of Sales at Humanscale Corporation, a leading supplier of ergonomic office furniture, where she led the sales team to over 400% growth during her tenure. In her new role as Chief Sales Officer at Mats Inc., Ms. Pedrick is responsible for leading, strengthening and expanding the Mats Inc. sales team to obtain revenue growth targets.

Rich Ruhlin has been promoted to Chief Marketing Officer, reporting to CEO Barry Hume. Beginning his tenure at Mats Inc. in 2000 as New England Regional Sales Manager, Mr. Ruhlin has more 25 years of sales and account management experience. He was promoted to Vice President of Healthcare Development in 2008, joined the Management Team in 2013 and became Senior Vice President of Sales in 2016. In his new role as Chief Marketing Officer, Rich Ruhlin will continue to support sales efforts for key product lines and vertical markets as well as align marketing efforts with strategic business growth.

"The entire Mats Inc. family joins me in congratulating Nancy and Rich on their new positions," stated Barry Hume, President and CEO of Mats Inc. "Strong leadership development at our highest executive level positions the company for accelerated growth and continued market advancement."



* Principle-appoints-two.jpgPrinciple appoints two associate directors

Principle Cleaning Services has appointed Scott Fitzgerald and Paul Bartlett as associate directors. The London-based cleaning specialist, which has a turnover of £40m and provides its services to some of the most famous landmark buildings in the Capital, created the new roles as it prepares for its next period of growth.

Scott (pictured left) joined the business in September from ISS where he was EMEA account director at Morgan Stanley and prior to that, operations director at Cleanology. He has 26 years' operational experience in facilities management with a particular focus on soft services.

Paul (pictured right) has over 21 years' management experience in the cleaning industry. He joined Principle from Not Just Cleaning in August 2016 as general manager with responsibility for managing blue-chip clients, and accountability for the day-to-day running of 87 sites spread across Central London.

The associate directors, which sit between the main board and the senior management team, will ensure the excellent levels of customer service for which the company is known, are maintained; and forge long-term partnerships with new clients as the company builds a solid platform for growth over the next five years.

Matt Kuwertz, sales & marketing director at Principle Cleaning Services, says of the appointments: "These are exciting times for Principle. Scott and Paul bring a considerable amount of experience to their new roles, which will enable us to provide even greater levels of customer service delivery to our clients as we drive the business forward. "Two key aspects of our growth strategy are technology and sustainability. One of Principle's main aims is to be the most sustainable cleaning company to work for. We will also continue to invest in technology to deliver live reporting via tablets and other mobile devices that will provide even greater efficiencies for our clients." Established in 1989, the privately-owned Principle Cleaning Services employs 1700+ people and boasts such well-known clients as The Shard, Lloyds of London and The Gherkin.



* Searcy.jpgSouthEast LINK welcomes new sales manager

SouthEast LINK appoints Mark Searcy as the new sales manager.

Searcy comes to SouthEast LINK with a wealth of experience, having spent about 30 years in the healthcare and building service contracting industry. Prior to joining SouthEast Link, Searcy's most recent position was the Global Operation Support Manager with Coverall North America.

"I am thrilled to be part of the SouthEast LINK organization." said Searcy. " The one thing that stood out to me when making a final decision was the focus on customer service. From leading the way with sustainable solutions for our customers to providing first class training, these are programs that are an indicator of our commitment to the customer. I hope to bring in a fresh perspective to SouthEast Link from the point of view of the building service contractor."

"We are excited to add Mark to our team of talented professionals. Our customers understand we have one goal in mind, and that is to create programs, services and solutions to issues they have day in and day out. His end user experience helps us better understand things from their perspective, and he brings a wealth of insight around what building service contractors are looking for in a valued partner/supplier." stated Ailene Grego, President SouthEast LINK.



* AM-Services_Paul-Nelson.jpgPaul Nelson to head up AM Services Group specialist cleaning

AM Services Group has appointed Paul Nelson to the new role of specialist cleaning general manager, based in Stoke-on-Trent. In 2016, the Lancashire-based facilities management business acquired specialist cleaning company Cleanex Contract Services, increasing its service range and geographic reach south.

Over the last year, AM Services Group specialist cleaning services has experienced significant demand, from existing and new clients, and has grown its turnover by some 33% since the purchase. The general manager position is a strategic addition to the senior management team to support the rapid expansion of this area of the business.

Adrian Cresswell, the company's managing director, says of the appointment: "This will strengthen the current team and add value to their technical excellence by driving forward operational process, service quality, innovation and equipment, and training and talent development.

"We're delighted that Paul, who has worked for our group for over two years, has taken up the position. He has extensive senior level experience in operations and business development across a range of service industries and has made a big impact during his time as an operations manager with AM Services Group."

AM Services Group's expert specialist cleaning team provides a range of services, including confined space, heavy industrial and high level cleaning, to a range of clients in industry, manufacturing and aerospace, as well as across a number of tier one COMAH sites. For the third year running, the Group has also provided off season support to Stoke City Football club where it carries out high level jet washing on the outside of the main stadium, including the cladding, and the external cleaning of the vinyl dome at the top of the club's 10metre-high training academy, and makes sure the bronze statues of legendary players Sir Stanley Matthews and Gordon Banks, OBE, are kept in tip top condition for the fans.


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