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Gunlocke Announces Key Organizational Changes

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Article Summary: These include the appointment of Jim Foster to vice president, finance; the promotion of Jason Wolfanger to director, product management and development; the hiring of Arelis Caban as a web designer and Michael Lewis as a supply quality manager.


Gunlocke, an industry leader in high-end casegoods and seating, recently announced several key organizational changes. They include the appointment of Jim Foster to vice president, finance; the promotion of Jason Wolfanger to director, product management and development; the hiring of Arelis Caban as a web designer and Michael Lewis as a supply quality manager. The announcements were made by Don Mead, president of Gunlocke.
 
Jim Foster will be responsible for providing overall finance and accounting leadership as well as supporting the execution of Gunlocke’s strategic priorities. In addition, he will oversee all accounting and reporting processes and financial analysis throughout the organization.  Prior to joining Gunlocke, Foster served as the supply chain controller for the HON Company. His professional experience also includes holding various accounting and finance management and staff positions at the Ford Motor Company.
 
In his new role as director, product management and development, Jason Wolfanger will now be responsible for the development and engineering of all Gunlocke products. He will continue to ensure the company delivers superior quality, cost and design throughout existing and new product lines.  Wolfanger has been employed with Gunlocke for 12 years, where he most recently served as group product business manager.  He graduated from Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y. in 1996 with a degree in business administration and a concentration in marketing.
 
Arelis Caban accepted the position of web designer.  She will be responsible for the layout, visual appearance and usability of Gunlocke’s Web and Intranet sites, ensuring that brand continuity is maintained throughout each.  Prior to joining Gunlocke, Caban worked for Victory2 Multimedia as a web designer/art director. She also held a web designer position with Emmis Communications, as well as an art director position at The Creative Think Tank Agency.
 
Michael Lewis joins Gunlocke as a supply quality manager.  In this role he is responsible for the improvement and development of Gunlocke suppliers to ensure the highest quality materials.  He will work with suppliers and analyze their processes to improve quality and reduce lead times.  Lewis worked for The Timken Company before joining Gunlocke as a sales engineering specialist.  He has a degree in mechanical engineering from Clarkson University.
 
For more information about Gunlocke and any of its products, contact 1-800-828-6300 or visit
www.gunlocke.com.

About Gunlocke: The Gunlocke Company is an industry leader in casegoods and seating. With deep roots in the Wayland, New York community, the Gunlocke brand has set a high standard in product design, quality, service and delivery in the wood contract furniture market. Meaningful design guides Gunlocke’s product strategy while committing to design that withstands trends and retains value over time. The Gunlocke tagline, ‘Performance in Wood,’ enforces Gunlocke’s promise to perform for their customers. Eight U.S. presidents and leading decision makers in a range of industries have made the company’s products their choice. Gunlocke national presence continues to grow, with showrooms located in Atlanta, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston.

Furniture World is the oldest, continuously published trade publication in the United States. It is published for the benefit of furniture retail executives. Print circulation of 20,000 is directed primarily to furniture retailers in the US and Canada.  In 1970, the magazine established and endowed the Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library (www.furniturelibrary.com) in High Point, NC, now a public foundation containing more than 5,000 books on furniture and design dating from 1620. For more information contact editor@furninfo.com.

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