Mahaffey recognizes Pretsch and DeVore

November 30, 2020

In a nod to Mahaffey Event & Tent Rentals’ positive impact in support of a wide-ranging customer base, Mahaffey chairman William (Bill) Pretsch has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Vistage Worldwide, a global CEO group. “The Vistage Lifetime Achievement Award signifies Bill’s inspiring leadership, business wisdom and track record of making bold yet sound …

2020 Outstanding Volunteer Award Recipients announced

November 12, 2020

Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) is very fortunate to have so many volunteers who give of themselves selflessly, helping every day by serving on different boards, task forces and committees. These volunteers judge competitions, provide education and impassioned leadership to others day-in and day-out. To acknowledge their service, IFAI developed a program in 2012 called …

2020 Honored Life Member Award Recipient announced

Honored Life Member status for Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) is designed for individuals who have shown a commitment to the association. Honored Life Membership is bestowed by special request only, and at the discretion of the IFAI Board of Directors to candidates based on the following criteria: Meritorious or outstanding work accomplished for the …

Meet the Newly Elected and Re-elected 2021 IFAI Board of Directors

Each year, Industrial Fabrics Association International’s (IFAI) Leadership Development Committee follows a detailed process outlined in our bylaws for electing board members. It is IFAI’s pleasure to announce the newly elected and re-elected individuals who were chosen to serve on the 2021 IFAI Board of Directors. Newly Elected Directors Jennifer Fennell, Polo Custom ProductsJennifer Fennell …

Wall joins New York Tent

September 18, 2020

New York Tent, Bohemia, N.Y., has welcomed Diane Wall as its new vice president of sales and marketing. Wall, formerly with Florida-based Tentlogix, will be responsible for the continued growth of New York Tent as the leader in tenting and temporary structures in the New York Metro region and beyond. In conjunction with Wall’s hiring, New York Tent has promoted Matthew Koprowski to vice president of operations. As a seven-year veteran of the company, Koprowski has been instrumental in our recent success and growing the operations team.

In memoriam: Davis Richardson

July 13, 2020

Davis Michael Richardson of Boyds, Md., passed away on July 8 after a brief but valiant fight with melanoma. Davis was the founder and owner of Sugarplum Tent Company, a leading special events company in the Washington, D.C., metro area since 1990. Davis established Sugarplum Tent Company with his wife, Barbi. The company quickly earned …

Heytex appoints Kampsen

June 7, 2020

Heytex has appointed Fabian Kampsen as its new commercial director. Kampsen has been with Heytex since 2011 and was market manager for HEYsign business center of large format printable textiles. In his new role as commercial director, Kampsen will lead the global sales and marketing team to continue the company’s development toward a customer-focused, reliable …

Seaman Corp. names Jeff Swartz chief executive officer

April 21, 2020

Seaman Corporation, a family-owned business headquartered in Wooster, Ohio, has announced that its board of directors has selected Jeff Swartz as its new chief executive officer. Swartz will replace John Crum, who is retiring after 18 years at Seaman, including the last five as CEO. Swartz is a veteran of the building products industry, having …

Steve Szenay appointed Serge Ferrari technical support manager

January 13, 2020

Serge Ferrari announced that Steve Szenay has been promoted to Technical Support Manager for North America. Szenay will be responsible for disseminating technical information for all Serge Ferrari products sold in the United States and Canada, including product use, fabrication best- practices, maintenance and claim evaluation. In this newly created position, Szenay will be the …

Glen Raven announces new chief marketing officer

August 13, 2019

Glen Raven Custom Fabrics, makers of Sunbrella®, announced the hiring of Steve Pawl as its first chief marketing officer. Pawl has a track record of developing growth strategies and strengthening brands for global companies including Husqvarna Group, Fruit of the Loom, Newell Brands and Pfizer. He will direct the global brand strategy, positioning and activation …