Assurant’s Vogler Tapped For Consumer-Direct Unit

Assurant’s Vogler Tapped For Consumer-Direct Unit

By Alan Wolf On Apr 3 2014 - 2:21pm

Protect Your Bubble’s Vogler
Protect Your Bubble’s Vogler


Atlanta – Assurant Solutions veteran Stacey Vogler has been named managing director of Protect Your Bubble USA, the extended-warranty provider’s direct-to-consumer insurance unit.

In her new role, Vogler will drive key company strategies and oversee the product portfolio, Assurant said.

Prior to her promotion, she served as marketing and e-business VP following stints as marketing and communications VP and marketing director. Vogler was marketing manager at The Home Depot before joining Assurant in 2006.

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Nyne Hires Rob Voorhies

Nyne Hires Rob Voorhies

By TWICE Staff On Apr 2 2014 - 4:25pm

Nyne’s Rob Voorhies
Nyne’s Rob Voorhies


Oxnard, Calif. — Bluetooth speaker supplier Nyne hired Rob Voorhies, formerly with JVC, to fill the newly created position of national sales manager.

The position was created as “part of the expansion going on domestically and internationally,” a spokesperson said.

Voorhies will lead Nyne’s U.S. sales efforts to expand the company’s presence nationwide.

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Throgmartin Heading Bike Chain

Throgmartin Heading Bike Chain

By Alan Wolf On Apr 1 2014 - 9:57am

Gregg Throgmartin, BikeStreet CEO
Gregg Throgmartin


Fort Lauderdale, Fla.  – Former h.h.gregg executive VP/COO Gregg Throgmartin has assumed the helm of BikeStreet, a specialty bicycle chain, as CEO.

The son of h.h.gregg’s late chairman Jerry Throgmartin and scion of the founding Gregg and Throgmartin families officially left the company yesterday for his new post.

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Halaburda Joins Petra To Head E-Commerce

Halaburda Joins Petra To Head E-Commerce

By TWICE Staff On Mar 31 2014 - 4:43pm

Dan Halaburda
Dan Halaburda


Edmond, Okla. — Dan Halaburda, director of sales and sales operations at Ingram Micro Consumer Electronics division (IMCE), has joined Petra Industries as e-commerce sales director.

The distributor said Halaburda will be responsible for leading Petra’s e-commerce team to identify, cultivate and optimize potential market and sales opportunities. He is also responsible for overseeing Petra’s current e-commerce vendor partners and accounts to build and maintain solid relationships and ensure forward progress.

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Crestron Names Bargetzi CTO

Crestron Names Bargetzi CTO

By TWICE Staff On Mar 31 2014 - 11:14am

Fred Bargetzi
Fred Bargetzi


Rockleigh, N.J. — Crestron has promoted technology VP Fred Bargetzi to chief technology officer.

A 25 year-Crestron veteran, Bargetzi will continue to oversee the technology and engineering aspects of the business.

He has served in a number of key positions in the company, beginning as an applications engineer to going on to create and manage a wide variety of departments, including technical sales, training and R&D. 

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Vance Pflanz, CE Retail Leader, Dies At 75

Vance Pflanz, CE Retail Leader, Dies At 75

By Steve Smith On Mar 28 2014 - 2:11pm

Vance Pflanz
Vance Pflanz


Sioux City, Iowa — Vance Pflanz, 75, president of Pflanz Electronics, died Thursday, March 27, at a local nursing home.

BrandSource reported just before its March 16-19 convention in Orlando, Fla., that Pflanz suffered a stroke and released an “appreciation” in which the retailer is described as “a dedicated and loyal member who has consistently gone above and beyond expectations to serve his industry as well as his community.”

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Perry Joins PlastoForm As Deputy CEO

Perry Joins PlastoForm As Deputy CEO

By Steve Smith On Mar 28 2014 - 11:13am

Bob Perry
Bob Perry


Seattle — Bob Perry, longtime CE executive, has joined PlastoForm Holdings as its deputy CEO, according to a posting on his LinkedIn page.

PlastoForm is a Hong Kong-based manufacturer of audio products, including Bluetooth and wireless products, and has offices in the Seattle area.

Previously, Perry was global retail VP for BlackBerry and had been with the company since August 2010.

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Crosley’s John Colbert Dies, 54

Crosley’s John Colbert Dies, 54

By Alan Wolf On Mar 28 2014 - 9:15am




Winston-Salem, N.C. — Crosley Appliances president John Colbert died suddenly last week while attending the BrandSource convention in Orlando, Fla. He was 54.

A former sales director for Jenn-Air and Maytag, Colbert was sales and marketing VP of W.C. Wood for six years before assuming the president’s post at Crosley in 2004.

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Coakley Joins AudioSource As Executive VP

Coakley Joins AudioSource As Executive VP

By TWICE Staff On Mar 24 2014 - 9:33am

Tim Coakley
Tim Coakley


Portland, Ore. — Tim Coakley, formerly with Ingram Micro Consumer Electronics (IMCE), joins AudioSource today as executive VP.

Coakley, a 28-year CE veteran, was most recently vendor management and marketing VP at IMCE for the past six years. He will report to CEO Tom O’Mara.

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Industry CEOs Among ‘World’s Greatest Leaders’

Industry CEOs Among ‘World’s Greatest Leaders’

By Alan Wolf On Mar 21 2014 - 3:59pm

Jeff Bezos
Jeff Bezos


New York – Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Haier Group’s Zhang Ruimin and Apple’s Tim Cook are among the world’s greatest living leaders, Fortune Magazine has declared.

The publication’s inaugural list of “The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” ranks Bezos 10th, behind the Dalai Lama; Ruimin 22nd, behind Angelina Joli; and Cook 33rd, just ahead of Pakistani teen activist and assassination target Malala Yousafzai.

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