Nov 01, 1998 10:30 PM  By

Gail Farlee has joined Chicago-based auto parts cataloger J.C. Whitney as director of customer relations. Formerly a director of telecommunications and customer service at Gander Mountain, Farlee was until recently the director of operations for Consolidated Market Response.

The Spring Hill Group of Peoria, IL-based cataloger Foster & Gallagher promoted Viki Ferreniea to the newly created post of product development manager. Ferreniea, who joined F&G in 1992, will relocate from Peoria to the Spring Hill Group’s Tipp City, OH, greenhouse and distribution facility.

Amrion, a Boulder, CO, manufacturer/cataloger of nutritional supplements, has promoted Rick Schultz to the newly created position of director of new product development, direct marketing division. Schultz, who has been with the company since 1992, most recently was division manager for the company’s Bioenergy Nutrients line.

Communication Industries Corp. (CIC), a Grafton, VT-based cataloger of presentation products, made several new hires: Ellen Lawrence, Louis Blais, Heather McCormack, and Robert Sofield, sales associates; Guy Fix, print production coordinator; Paul Dahm, catalog/desktop publishing assistant; Ann Cooper, data entry administrator; Angela Kunz, accounts receivable clerk; Sherry Supple, bookkeeping assistant; and Charles Wojack, information systems and database supervisor.

Jeffrey Kline has joined multititle cataloger Genesis Direct as vice president of fulfillment. Most recently director of fulfillment operations for Nordstrom’s direct sales division, Kline will oversee all operations at Genesis Direct’s Memphis distribution center.

Milford, NH-based computer cataloger PC Connection has hired Susan Woods as vice president of strategic development. Woods was most recently vice president of development at Healthsource.

Banta Information Services Group, based in Eden Prairie, MN, welcomed several new staffers: James Leone, vice president, distribution and logistics for the Global Turnkey unit; Jack Hatfield, vice president, business development/sales; Patrick Ring, vice president, business development/sales for Global Turnkey; and Cyd Perszyk, director of marketing.

Rich Mercado has joined Ridgefield, CT-based list firm D-J Associates as vice president of sales for the list management division. A former vice chairman of the Direct Marketing Association’s Catalog Council, Mercado had been a vice president in the list management division of Direct Media for 14 years.

Millard Group, a list firm based in Peterborough, NH, welcomes Lynn Wallis Caponetto as account manager in its list management division and Mary Calabrese as account manager in its brokerage division.

San Francisco-based Name-Finders Lists has promoted Norman Garcia and Steve Borg to junior account executives. The list company has also hired Sondra Lee as list management assistant.

Marcia Lebeau has joined the list management division of Wheeling, IL, list firm Names and Addresses.

The Chicago Association of Direct Marketing named its new executive board: Ron Jacobs, president of Jacobs & Clevenger, was elected president; Jim Carey, president of the Carey Group, vice president; and Mitch Lieber, president of Lieber & Associates, secretary/treasurer.

Cedric Ferrell has joined Santa Ana, CA, service provider Towne as vice president of operations. His duties will include overseeing Towne’s three mailing and fulfillment facilities. James Obermayer also joined the company, as vice president of sales and marketing.

Abacus Direct Corp., a Westminster, CO-based cooperative database, has hired Steven Fritz as client acquisition specialist; Penny Meyer as data acquisition coordinator; and Charissa Martinez, Lo Lee, Angela Pacheco, Mary Vega, and Ambree Boyer as production coordinators. Abacus also promoted Rusty Muchmore to manager, client programming, and Doug Gammell and Alan Crump to senior client analysts.

Total Response, an Indianapolis-based direct marketing agency, has recently added four employees to its staff: George Steinbrenner, who is a group director; Karyn Moss and Jodi Bruggenschmidt, both as account managers; and Jude Storey, who is telemarketing manager.

Media Marketplace, a Newtown, PA-based list brokerage and management firm, has promoted Dana Earhart to senior account executive.

Catalogs by Design, a creative firm in King of Prussia, PA, has named Carliss Million vice president/creative director. As an independent consultant, Million had worked on the Disney Catalog, among other accounts.

Dale Crabtree was promoted to database manager of Irvine, CA-based SK&A Information Services. Crabtree will now be responsible for SK&A’s Hospital Management Decisionmakers and Integrated Healthcare Organization databases.