PEOPLE NEWS • Groupe Deschenes out of Montreal announced the appointment of FRANCOIS DESCHENES as president and CEO. He previously held the position of vice president operations for the Quebec region at GDI. Francois Deschenes’ brother, MARTIN, is the outgoing president and CEO. • East Windsor, Conn.-based The Collins Companies hired TOM MASON as its territory sales manager for eastern Connecticut and eastern Massachusetts. • AC Pro announced BLAKE QUINN has been promoted to vice president of eCommerce and marketing.Quinn joined AC Pro in 2009 as a territory manager. • Water Right hired ERIK KOGLIN as field manager of Clear Choice Water Group, the company’s professionallevel dealer group. • CHRIS BROWN has been named chief sales officer for LIXIL Americas, the business unit American Standard, DXV and GROHE bath and kitchen brands operate under. • CARL GEORG MUNTERS, founder of air-treatment solutions company Munters, has been recognized as an ASHRAE Pioneer of the Industry, which honors deceased individuals who have made milestone contributions to the growth of the air-conditioning, heating, refrigeration and ventilation industry, and have shown evidence of distinction either technically or academically. • In late January, Mansfield Plumbing employee RON KLINE marked 52 years of service with the company —18,980 days — with a perfect attendance record.Mansfield notes Kline, age 72, has no anticipation of retiring. • Asahi/America announced the promotion of RODNEY VAN to industrial business development manager of the Eastern and Central regions. • Dot Foods Executive Chairman JOHN TRACY was elected to the National Association of WholesalerDistributors during the NAD Executive Summit in Washington, D.C. He succeeds Winsupply Chairman of the Board RICK SCHWARTZ, who remains immediate past chairman of NAD. • NetPlus Alliance promoted ZACH BRADO to business-development director. He’s also part of NetPlus Alliance’s Emerging Leaders Committee. • Woodbury, Minn.-based NORTH STAR WATER TREATMENT SYSTEMS recently launched a major brand overhaul, initiated to completely update the brand’s image and logo in order to better reflect its industry-leading technology and expanding product offering. The company has been known as North Star Water Conditioning since its inception in 1992. For more information, visit www.northstarwater.com. .AMERICAN STANDARD’s ActiClean self-cleaning toilet has been named a 2016 GREEN GOOD DESIGN award recipient in the green products category as presented by The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, and the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design. • Traverse City, Mich.-based MIDWEST REFRIGERATION SUPPLY CO., has successfully gone live on MINCRON’s SmartDistributor 12.1 ERP system. • STRASSER WOODENWORKS, a manufacturer of freestanding and floating wood bathroom furniture Made in the USA, recently was named one of the year’s top marketers by Woodworking Network and FDMC magazine. Strasser Woodenworks notes the company increased its sales 5.1% in fiscal 2016.
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