Awards & Engraving

February '18

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10 • A&E FEBRUARY 2018 JDS Raises Funds for Local Charity JDS Industries employees at the Sioux Falls, South Dakota headquarters recently spent a week raising funds to benefit Sioux Empire United Way, a local organization that aims to lead, sustain, and nurture a unified, effective response to community needs. Marketing Manager Wendy Bergan explains that each depart- ment of the company created baskets for folks to put their raffle tickets in, then collected the funds from each at the end of the week. Through a series of contests and individual pledges, the company raised over $38,000 to be put toward the organization's 89 local programs. Bergan adds, "It was a good way for all of us to pull together and give back to a community that means so much to us. We were able to help United Way, which supports 89 different programs throughout the city, so it's a good feeling that we can affect that many groups just through one giving effort. Heat Transfer Warehouse Hires Finance Specialist Maribeth Joraanstad will join Heat Transfer Warehouse as finance specialist. In her new role, she will perform fraud checks on flagged orders, account for returned product, enter invoices, and process refunds. Other projects include: updating inventory costs, assisting with year-end inventory count, auditing trade show expenses, and setting up processes for inventory adjustments, refunds, and budgeting. Prior to this position, she earned her degrees in Accounting and Management, with a minor in Fraud Examination and went on to work in financial and operational roles in startup organizations. "I knew that the business was growing and doing new things, which I found exciting," Joraanstad says. "When they reached out to me about different tasks that I'd be doing, it just seemed like a good fit." She adds, "I hope to contribute to efficiencies internally by streamlining daily processes and future planning through budgeting. JRS Welcomes VP of Business Development and Customer Relations With over 20 years of sign supply industry experi- ence, Dave Johnson joins The JRS Company as vice president of business development and customer relations. The newly-created positon was estab- lished in conjunction with the addition of their Min- neapolis warehouse to offer East Coast customers lower shipping costs and faster delivery times. Johnson will work closely with the JRS customer support team to ensure customers receive personal, hands-on support and have access to new in-demand products. "Dave brings a long history of solid relevant industry experi- ence, trust, and respect with him to JRS," says JRS President Brad Jaques. "We expect he will work closely with all of our customers to further bolster our commitment to an unparalleled level of per- sonalized service and product selection." Johnson says, "I am very excited to be joining the JRS family. JRS has always been a stalwart of the industry and I look for- ward to becoming part of their team to expand their products and capabilities as a go-to source for sign frames, holders, and engraving material. "I look equally as forward to expanding and solidifying the many customer relationships that JRS has built over the years." Crystal D Promotes Three Crystal D has promoted three employees to new positions. Marketing Manager Bridget Dahlgren has been promoted to director of sales and marketing. Dahlgren will now oversee the business develop- ment, inside sales solutions, and the marketing departments. Marketing Coordinator Alexis Kurttila has been promoted to marketing manager. Kurttila will lead the marketing department to enhance the Crystal D brand and support the sales departments. Business Development Manager Kale Wallner has been promoted to vice president of sales for the southern territory. Wallner will continue to grow business and develop relationships with dealers in the South. Jen Jezierski, marketing coordinator, says, "These three have already shown great leadership in their prior roles with the company. With these changes, we're hoping to see our solutions, business development, and marketing teams grow and work together better than before. A more solid team will help us give our customers the best customer experience possible." "I've been looking forward to this change for a long time," says Chuck Dahlgren, president. "I am eager to see the positive changes coming from these talented leaders as they foster growth for Crystal D." News Kurttila Wallner Dahlgren Johnson Joraanstad ON THE MOVE

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