SOURCE: Generation Brands

Generation Brands

October 06, 2011 13:41 ET

Generation Brands Commends Greg Vandia for Strong Corporate Leadership and 21 Years of Service to Murray Feiss

Promotes Maria Scutaro to President of Murray Feiss Company

EVANSTON, IL and BRONX, NY--(Marketwire - Oct 6, 2011) - Generation Brands, parent company of leading brands Murray Feiss Lighting, Tech Lighting, LBL Lighting, Sea Gull Lighting and Monte Carlo Fans, today announced Greg Vandia, President of Murray Feiss, will step down effective January 31, 2012 after his stellar performance as a 21-year veteran of the company. The company has appointed Maria Scutaro, currently Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Murray Feiss, to the position of President upon Vandia's transition early next year.

"Greg's accomplishments at Murray Feiss over the years have been remarkable," said Joe Higgins, CEO of Generation Brands. "Moving from Chicago to the South Bronx to lead sales in 1990, he progressed on to be part of the leadership team that built the Murray Feiss brand into a powerhouse in the lighting industry. Greg is known for his wonderful presence, leadership skills and an unbelievable enthusiasm for doing the best at whatever he pursues. The Murray Feiss team will miss him greatly, as will the Murray Feiss network of Reps, Customers and Suppliers as well as his peers within the industry."

"One of Greg's finest achievements is grooming his successor, Maria Scutaro," continued Higgins. "Greg worked closely with Maria to navigate through the economic recession over the last few years, collaborating effectively to return the company back to a very healthy growth rate this year with much to look forward to."

Scutaro first joined Murray Feiss in 1997, and spent many years working under the leadership of the company's founder and lighting industry veteran, Murray Feiss, in sales and marketing roles. She took a four year hiatus from the company to be Vice President of Sales at Uttermost, manufacturer of home accessories and furniture, returning to the company in 2009 as Vice President of Merchandising.

"My experience working on and building the Murray Feiss brand gives me a deep respect and understanding of the company's history and values as we chart the company's future," said Scutaro. "I am very excited to continue the momentum Greg has created in combining the company's rich heritage with our desire to evolve the brand to continually meet our customers' needs and interests."

Scott Forst is being promoted from his current position of Vice President, Sales for Monte Carlo Fan Company to Vice President of Sales for Murray Feiss and the Monte Carlo Fan Company. Forst joined Monte Carlo in April of 2008 after serving seven years in Sales Management and Sales for Hunter Fan Company - Casablanca Division.

About Murray Feiss
For more than 50 years, Murray Feiss has been offering a full line of interior and exterior residential lighting and lamps. The company's dedicated team of lighting professionals ensures a wide array of products, which all feature beautiful designs and exceptional quality, are offered at price points to fit any budget. We take delight in offering exceptional customer care and strive to exceed customer expectations each and every time. With pride in our company's past and a commitment to the future, employees from coast to coast and across the globe all work together to continually deliver the very best in lighting and service.

About Generation Brands
Generation Brands is one of America's leading companies serving the lighting, electrical wholesale, home improvement, home décor, and building industries. The company has an outstanding portfolio of fashionable and functional lighting fixtures, ceiling fans, and decorative products that provide value and growth for our customers and end-users. Our success is derived from our ability to serve our customers and end-users with superior service, leading-edge design, and outstanding quality. We continue to increase marketing investments and develop operating and product synergies that enhance our value to the many markets we serve.

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