SOURCE: Rauch Industries, Inc.

June 16, 2008 08:00 ET

Holiday Entrepreneur Heather Shepardson Named CEO of Rauch Industries, Inc. and Christopher Radko

Entrepreneurial Spirit, Creativity and F500 Business Savvy Make Shepardson the Shining Star of Holiday Ornaments, Accessories and Décor

GASTONIA, NC--(Marketwire - June 16, 2008) - Rauch Industries, Inc., a leader in seasonal décor since 1952, today announced that Heather Shepardson has been named the CEO of Rauch Industries, Inc. and its Christopher Radko® Division, the producer of fine European glass ornaments and holiday collectables.

"Heather's seasonal and holiday industry experience combined with her Fortune 500 business management background make her the ideal candidate to lead Christopher Radko to the next phase of its success," said Aldus H. Chapin II, Chairman of Rauch Industries, Inc. "We are thrilled to have her driving new growth and expansion for the company."

The Christopher Radko Division of Rauch Industries carries a strong brand that was created by its founder, Christopher Radko. In the early 1980s, his desire to replace his family's lost heirloom collection of fine European glass Christmas ornaments led him to create the designs that are now known and loved around the world. Many of the same talented artists that worked with Christopher Radko in the early days of the company's inception continue to create the iconic symbols of Christmas, which bear the Radko name today.

"Christopher Radko has a distinguished brand backed by excellent quality products," said Heather Shepardson, CEO of Rauch Industries. "This company is supported by a tremendous team of professionals and I am proud to be furthering our success by directing the organization towards new opportunities."

Prior to joining Rauch Industries, Shepardson built a company in the holiday sector from the ground up. Ever-Green Seasons offers innovative solutions for holiday decorating. The company's Ever-Green Watering System, a clever device to easily water a Christmas tree, has been wildly popular and garnered recognition in many national media outlets including Oprah Magazine's O List, "The Today Show," "Good Morning America" and countless others. Shepardson invented all of Ever-Green Seasons' innovative products and has marketed them successfully.

Earlier in her career, Shepardson held key executive, management and sales positions in Fortune 500 companies including Level 3 Communications, Qwest Communications, Coors Brewing and Nike. Over the course of her career, she has been responsible for the entire spectrum of product development, product management, brand positioning, market strategy, P&L, operations, sales and customer service.

Shepardson resides in NYC. She earned an MBA from the Daniels Business School at the University of Denver, and a BA in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Denver.

About Rauch Industries, Inc.

Founded by the Rauch Family in 1952, Rauch Industries designs and distributes Christmas ornaments and seasonal goods through mass retailers. After acquiring Christopher Radko, leading designer and distributor of fine European glass ornaments, in 2005, the two entities were integrated leveraging distribution channels, marketing efforts and operational support. Today Rauch Industries, Inc. distributes its Christopher Radko brand to more than 2,500 stores, including major department stores and specialty gift retailers nationwide. For more information regarding the Christopher Radko Division of Rauch Industries, Inc, please call 1-800-71-RADKO.

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