October '16

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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BUSINESS WATCH 10 || P R I N T W E A R O C T O B E R 2 0 1 6 Roland DGA (Irvine, Calif.) appoints Andrew Oransky as the company's new president. Oransky assumes the role of presi- dent after serving as vice president of sales and marketing, and director of marketing and product management for DGA. "All of us at Roland have great confidence in Andrew's knowledge across our multiple industries and business opera- tions, as well as his excellent leadership abilities," says David Goward, CEO of Roland DGA and executive vice president, director of Ro- land DG. "With his guidance, we expect Roland DGA to experience contin- ued growth and success in the years to come." M&R (Roselle, Ill.) appoints John Murray product manager of M&R's Amscomatic Division. The company states that Murray has experience both in- side and outside the garment decoration industry, including a previous stint at M&R. He is a specialist in pneumatics and hydraulics, and has prospered both as a sales director and busi- ness owner. "John made significant contributions to the suc- cess of M&R during his first tour here, and we are extremely happy to have him back," says CEO Rich Hoffman. Jessie Gould joins InkSoft (Albuquerque, N.M.) as the com- pany's new digital content marketing manager. The company reports that she will play a major role in the expansion of Ink- Soft's marketing training and resource development efforts. With years of experience in helping businesses with online marketing, Gould will answer customers' questions on every- thing from how to best use Facebook and email to determin- ing sales patterns. She will communicate directly with InkSoft users to identify their key concerns and develop tools from blogs to downloadable guides and infographics to help in addressing them. Imprintables Warehouse (Masontown, Penn.) promotes Adam Yukish as its general manager. Having been with the company for 14 years, Yukish is an ex- pert on heat-applied graphics materials, equipment, and tech- niques. In addition to sales, he regularly produces educational videos on a variety of topics to help new businesses get started in the industry and be successful. GSG (Dallas) promotes John Sommers to vice president of finance. Som- mers has worked for the company since 2007. Before his new role, Sommers worked as the purchasing manager for GSG for six years and served on the GSG executive team since 2013. "We are excited to add John's leadership and expertise to our accounting department as we continue to strengthen our infrastructure," says Mark Gran- berry, CEO of GSG. Printwear People Oransky Murray Gould Yukish Embroidery Industry Veteran Passes Embroidery industry veteran Susan Williams Ritchie, 81, of Stow, Ohio passed away peacefully in her sleep sur- rounded by all of her family on Aug. 28, after a three-year struggle with cancer. Born in Rocky Riv- er, Ohio, Ritchie is survived by her hus- band of 59 years, Arch Ritchie; their chil- dren, Kevin (Amy) Ritchie, Bruce (Ann) Ritchie, Jennifer (Troy) Cox, and Barba- ra (Warren) Bebinger; and their grand- children, Sarah and Amanda Ritchie, Emilee, Lauren, and Bryan Ritchie, Tyler and Olivia Cox, and Jack and Laura Bebinger. She is also survived by her brother William A. Williams and her sis- ter Barbara (George) Thomas. As a teenager, Ritchie was awarded a Red Cross Presi- dential Medal when she saved a young child's life while serving as a lifeguard at Wagar Beach in Cleveland. She attended Stephens College and then graduated from Ohio State University as a Registered Licensed Oc- cupational Therapist. She later received Master's degrees from Kent State University and from the University of Colorado. In addition to positions with University Hos- pitals, Ritchie taught at Kent State in family studies and then served as the director of rehabilitation at Edwin Shaw Hospital. Switching careers in the late 80s, Ritchie purchased the Ball and Skein, a needle arts boutique in Hudson, Ohio. Over the next 25 years, the boutique evolved into a successful retail commercial embroidery business, then into a contract embroidery business, and ultimately into a national association supporting business owners in the commercial embroidery industry. She was recognized as one of the most creative and influential national leaders for many years by industry trade publications, and was widely considered an expert in the field. She and her husband enjoyed travel and visited na- tional parks, landmarks, and antique malls in every single state with the exceptions of Idaho and Hawaii. A great lover of crafts, she was always working on some- thing—knitting, quilting, and sewing. She was also an avid reader and greatly enjoyed a well-crafted sentence, paragraph, or book. Mrs. Rithcie passed away with grace and dignity while under the care of caregivers coordinated by the Summa Hospice at Home services. Ritchie

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