Stylmark Celebrates 65th Anniversary
MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. – May 7, 2019 – Stylmark, a leading designer and manufacturer of commercial and retail fixtures celebrates 65 years of enhancing the functionality and aesthetics of interiors for the world’s largest brands. Still today, Stylmark provides solutions for interior environments ranging from aluminum fixtures, showcases, fitting rooms, LED light boxes, shelving, LED mirrors and custom solutions.
Stylmark’s founders Ray and Marge Brink started their garage-run business building a custom version of wheel-based rolling door medicine cabinets out of a variety of fabricated aluminum extrusions in 1954. Sixty-five years later, Stylmark remains a leading designer and manufacturer of finished fixtures for retail, hospitality, and commercial environments. In 1983, Stylmark became an employee-owned company when David Brink and his partners sold shares to the ESOP program.
“Each employee-owner knows the legacy they are representing and that shows in every product that leaves our door,” said Kevin Brown, President of Stylmark. “For the past 65 years, Stylmark has grown and expanded by providing the best solutions to meet our customer’s ever-changing needs. A tradition that will continue for the next 65 years.”
“My parents would be so proud of how well Stylmark has thrived these past 65 years during some troubling economic times,” said David Brink, Chairman of the Board. “They would have respected how Stylmark continues to set the industry standard in developing new products such as our LED mirrors solutions and Flexis® Wall Merchandising System while still maintaining a family-like environment,” added Brink.
Stylmark Launches New Division Dedicated to the Retail Cannabis Industry
Higher Environments Fixtures Designed to Elevate Cannabis Customers Shopping Experience
MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. – April 23, 2019– Stylmark, Inc., a leading retail fixture manufacturer, is excited to announce their new division, Higher Environments.
With a history as one of the top retail fixture manufacturers in North America, creating Higher Environments was the logical evolution for Stylmark. Stylmark understands that in the world of retail store design, first impressions are vital for merchandising impact and enhancement of repeat business. For the cannabis marketing long term success, retail dispensaries must present an engaging environment for customers allowing them to feel comfortable in asking questions and learning about product offerings.
Higher Environments creates distinctive retail spaces for the cannabis industry, featuring a full line of security enhanced fixtures. From showcases with security to full wall merchandising systems, Higher Environments offers a range of floor plan options that allow flexibility to fit into the overall dispensary interior design. Leveraging retail fixture manufacturing capability and experience of Stylmark, Higher Environments is able to provide design and customization to optimize your cannabis retail store locations.
“Many dispensary owners don’t have a strong background in retail store design,” said Kevin Brown, President of Stylmark. “Higher Environments is here to assist them in designing their space by offering full store layouts that can maximize their footprint while accommodating their design budget.”
The Higher Environments products will be available for viewing at the O’CannaBiz Conference on April 26-27, at the International Centre (Booth #619) in Toronto, Canada.
Stylmark Appoints Jim McCarthy as Chief Financial Officer
MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. – March 5, 2019 – Stylmark, Inc. recently announced the addition of Jim McCarthy to its leadership team. Jim will be responsible for leading Stylmark’s financial initiatives.
Jim has over 40 years of finance and operation experience and has has held executive positions for companies such as General Electric, Moore USA, Carlson Marketing Group and 2020 Brand Solutions. McCarthy received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Bentley College and his MBA in finance from the University of Minnesota.
Prior to joining Stylmark, Jim was the vice president of operations at RAZR Marketing where he was responsible for software development improvements and the introduction of new tools to enhance customer service responsiveness.
“Jim is a result driven leader who will continue to strengthen Stylmark’s financial and operational success,” said Kevin Brown, President of Stylmark. “His background in finance, operations, information technology and customer service, will benefit our entire organization. I feel extremely fortunate to have Jim join our executive team,” added Brown.
“I am excited to join Stylmark and contribute to the future success of the company.As an
employee-owned company there is a sense of ownership and a can-do attitude at Stylmark which is contagious when you first walk into their doors,” said McCarthy.“As a former member of the Stylmark board, I know the legacy of Stylmark and am honored to help move that legacy forward.”
Stylmark Appoints Tim Hoien as Senior Account Executive
MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. – January 29, 2019– Stylmark, Inc., a leading retail fixture manufacturer, is pleased to announce Tim Hoien has joined the company as senior account executive. Tim will be responsible for managing our key customer relationships throughout the Midwest United States.
Tim joins Stylmark with over twenty years of strong sales and visual merchandising experience. Tim began his career with Kohl’s as visual merchandising project manager, successfully opening more than 250 new stores. While working in project management at Best Buy in Environment Affairs, Tim helped to develop, manage and support three-year carbon footprint reduction projects.
In 2009, Tim started his career with Gander Mountain, as senior manager for visual merchandising, where he was responsible for all visual merchandising direction, new store layout, and fixture design. As the senior director of store design, Tim managed annual store design budgets and was responsible for transforming the brand image of Gander Mountain’s retail locations to that of a premier outdoor retail brand.
Most recently Tim worked at Chandler Inc., where he was hugely successful in developing new business opportunities and building market position through his successful business relationships.
“Tim brings to Stylmark excellent leadership and communication skills as well as a passion for sales and management fostered through this work experience,” said Kevin Brown, President of Stylmark. “Tim is a relationship-builder who will continue to promote the Stylmark brand and our commitment to quality and service. We’re extremely excited to have Tim join the Stylmark team.”
Stylmark Appoints Ilicia Manger as Senior Account Executive
MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. – January 15, 2019– Stylmark, Inc., a leading retail fixture manufacturer, is pleased to announce Ilicia Manger has joined the company as a senior account executive. Ilicia will be responsible for managing some of our key customer relationships throughout the Southeast United States.
Ilicia comes to Stylmark with over 20 years of store planning, project management and sales experience in the retail industry. Ilicia began her career as senior director of store planning for Tommy Hilfiger USA, where she managed the most significant and fastest fixture rollout in company history. In 2005, she moved to Converse, where she was selected to be part of the team that launched the collaboration Converse by John Varvatos apparel collection.
Ilicia joined Oved Apparel Group in 2007 as the director of retail marketing where she implemented multi-platform custom marketing solutions to build brand awareness at retail. Five years later, she became the director of new business at Sparks, where she developed branded environments around each client’s unique requirements.
In 2016, as the account director of strategic partnerships at The Carlson Group, Ilicia defined target accounts providing global retail solutions for brands for their shop in shop programs, outlets and brick-and-mortar locations.
“We are pleased to have an account executive of Ilicia’s caliber join our team,” said Kevin Brown, President of Stylmark. “Ilicia brings to Stylmark a wealth of retail experience and a proven record of sales success. We feel extremely fortunate to have Ilicia join our organization,” added Brown.
Stensrud to Lead Stylmark's Business Development Initiatives
MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. – January 8, 2019 – Stylmark, Inc. a leading retail fixture manufacturer, recently announced today the promotion of Patti Stensrud to director of new business development.
Patti started with Stylmark as the IT manager almost 25 years ago. During her time as IT manager, there was a need to have a strong leader take charge of Stylmark’s Customer Service Department and Patti jumped at the opportunity. In this role, Patti managed all customer service’s daily activities, constantly striving for the highest possible levels of customer satisfaction and employee engagement.
In 2012, Patti made the transition into sales where she supported Stylmark’s focus toward gaining specifications from retailers, designers and architects. Patti has been very successful with securing specifications with some of today’s top retailers including Nordstrom, Starbucks and Macy’s.
In 2017, Patti was invited to be a member of the StorePoint Fashion Advisory Board. “Patti is recognized by her peers and customers throughout the industry for infectious energy, product knowledge, market understanding, desire to deliver excellence and as a leader in her commitment to do business with passion. Patti is an ambassador for Connecting Point – she inspires and supports our business and events,” said Nancy Splaine, SVP/GM Connecting Point.
“Patti is well-respected our industry and by our customers,” said Kevin Brown, President of Stylmark. “As we expand into new markets with new opportunities, it is important to have someone of Patti’s talent and experience to represent Stylmark and our many capabilities,” added Brown.
David Brink Inducted into the Shop! Hall of Fame
MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. – November 15, 2018– David Brink of Stylmark, Inc. was inducted into the Shop! Hall of Fame at their annual meeting held in New Orleans LA, November 12-14, 2018.
Stylmark was established as Designware Industries in 1954, when founder Ray Brink began incorporating his custom version of wheel-based rolling door mechanisms into a variety of fabricated aluminum extrusions for mirrored medicine cabinets, eventually expanding the product line to include tub and shower enclosures, bathroom cabinets, and wardrobe doors. David started his career with Stylmark in 1965 as a regional sales manager and has been an integral part of Stylmark for over 50 years.
David led Stylmark through many changes and much success throughout his tenure. After five years as a regional sales manager, he became general manager and expanded the company’s focus from aluminum extrusions to a broader range of store fixture components. David became president in 1975 when he purchased the company from his father.
Under David’s leadership, Stylmark’s manufacturing space more than tripled, its employee base grew from 45 to 150 employees, its product mix expanded, and new retail markets were entered. The most significant change under David’s leadership was the transfer of ownership of the company to its employees in 1983.
Still today, David remains very hands-on with the day-to-day operations of Stylmark and his role as trustee of Stylmark’s Employee Stock Ownership Program and is a member of its board of directors.
“I am honored that my peers and Shop! members have recognized my contributions to the industry that I grew up in, said Brink. It is an honor to be included in the outstanding class of 2018 and to be in the company of all past Shop! honorees.”
Shop! is the global non-profit trade association dedicated to enhancing retail environments and experiences. Shop! represents more than 2,000-member companies worldwide and provides value to the global retail marketplace through our leadership in: Research (consumer behavior, trends, futures), Design (customer experience design, store design, display design, fixture design), Build (manufacturing, construction, materials, methods, logistics, installations), Marketing (In-store communications, in-store marketing, technology, visual merchandising) and Evaluation (ROI, analytics, recognition/awards). Shop! is the new name for A.R.E / POPAI The New Associations.
Stylmark Wins GlobalShop Product Design Competition for Fixtures
MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. – April 3, 2018 – Stylmark, Inc., a leading retail fixture manufacturer, is pleased to announce that they have been named a winner of this year’s GlobalShop Product Design Competition in the category of fixtures for their new Flexis™ DisplayMaker Wall Merchandising System. This is an annual competition, sponsored by the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), recognizes product design advancements in innovation, function, and aesthetics for the retail industry.
Flexis is the new wall merchandising system that enables users the flexibly to create a variety of merchandising solutions. This can be achieved by adding Stylmark lit shelves, lit mirrors, light boxes, showcases, monitors, or just about anything requiring a 24volt input voltage. This system allows retailers the ability to re-set and re-merchandise the wall with ease and with no wires, a true plug-and-play solution.
Winners were chosen by a jury of design professionals. Products were judged for design, technical advancements/innovations, cost and value, environmental responsibility, aesthetics/comfort, safety, client/user benefits, need and usage for retail spaces.
Flexis was also named an Editor’s Choice by Shop! Retail Environments magazine as one of the top six must see products at GlobalShop 2018.
“Our employee owners are extremely grateful for this honor and thank IIDA for their dedication to our industry,” said Kevin Brown, President of Stylmark. “Stylmark is very proud by the warm reception Flexis has received from the audience at GlobalShop,” added Brown.
Flexis™ - The Future of Store Fixtures
MINNEAPOLIS, MINN – March 6, 2018 – Stylmark, a leading designer and manufacturer of commercial and retail fixtures, today revealed the Flexis™ DisplayMaker Wall Merchandising System.
Flexis™ DisplayMaker is the new wall merchandising system from Stylmark. At the core of Flexis is a low voltage powered standard system which enables users to flexibly create a variety of merchandising solutions. This can be achieved by adding Stylmark lit shelves, lit mirrors, light boxes, showcases, monitors, or just about anything requiring a 24volt input voltage. This system allows retailers the ability to re-set and re-merchandise the wall with ease and with no wires, a true plug-and-play solution.
Flexis is not just designed for the perimeter wall of a retail store; Options are available for a gondola fixture. Flexis is available in Stylmark’s wide range of anodized finishes allowing designers to capitalize on color as part of their store design.
“Flexis allows retailers to change the look of their store every time they re-merchandise as Flexis supports shelves, light boxes, showcases and even lit mirrors,” says Kevin Brown, President of Stylmark. “Flexis allows retailers to create a specific consumer experience each time they re-set their store and create an environment where customers will want to return again and again to see what is new.”
The Flexis™ DisplayMaker Wall Merchandising System by Stylmark will be available for viewing at the GlobalShop Expo on March 27 - 29, 2018, at the McCormick Place Convention Center (Booth #5020) in Chicago, IL.
For more information about Flexis™, visit stylmark.com or call 877-866-3033.
Stylmark Appoints Abigail Craigen as West Coast Senior Account Executive
MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. – November 7, 2017 – Stylmark, Inc., a leading retail fixture manufacturer, is pleased to announce Abigail Craigen has joined the company as our newest senior account executive. Abigail will be responsible for managing our key customer relationships throughout the Western United States.
Abigail comes to Stylmark with over 20 years of strong retail and commercial fixture experience. Abigail began her career with Kroger as an apparel buyer where she was responsible for product category growth and the selection of new store fixtures to support Kroger’s growing apparel efforts. While at
Grand + Benedicts, Abigail excelled at balancing project requirements against time-to-market efforts while limiting project risks for her customers.
In 2013, Abigail joined Process Retail Group where she excelled at helping her customers with custom fixtures to achieve targeted goals. Most recently Abigail was the account director for strategic partnerships at The Carlson Group where she developed and launched channel specific programs.
“Abigail is a results-driven sales leader who will continue to promote the Stylmark brand and our commitment to quality and service,” said Kevin Brown, President of Stylmark. “Her extensive knowledge of custom retail fixtures, her design background combined with her experience of working at all levels within a specific brand offers a valuable skill-set to our customers. We feel extremely fortunate to have Abigail join our team and contributing to our customer-focused sales approach,” added Brown.
Stylmark Appoints Architectural Glazing Solutions as new Manufacturer’s Representative
MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. – July 11, 2017 – Stylmark, Inc. recently announced the addition of Architectural Glazing Solutions to their sales organization. AGS will promote and market Stylmark products to the glass and glazing industry in the Southern California area.
“Architectural Glazing Solutions strives to provide unsurpassed customer service to architects, general contractors and building owners and are a great addition to our sales team,” said Kevin Brown, President of Stylmark. “AGS has a proven track record of success and is recognized as a value-adding partner in this industry”.
In 1990, Dan Pompeo started in the glass and glazing industry working for TECH Glass. In 1995 Tech Glass became Fabricated Glass Specialties where Dan remained until 2002 when he left to start his own company, Architectural Glazing Solutions. In 2014, Dan was named Rep of the Year by Glass Magazine.
Mike Varney joined the team the AGS team as an independent rep in 2008 and is responsible for Orange and Los Angeles counties. In 2012, Nico Pompeo joined the team in all aspects of the business.
“AGS strives to be the source for all your design and specification needs & we pride ourselves on being there for our customers from design development until the project reaches completion”, said Dan Pompeo, President of AGS. “We are excited to partner with Stylmark and promote their industry-leading products,” added Pompeo.
Stylmark “Beacons” Customers from a Far
MINNEAPOLIS, MINN – March 21, 2017 – Stylmark, a leading designer and manufacturer of commercial and retail fixtures, today revealed the Beacon LED Header System.
The Beacon LED Header from Stylmark is a versatile signage solution. It can be used as directional signage, nestled into shelving/gondola system to highlight a signature brand or incorporated into commercial environment setting conveying information.
“As retail and commercial environments become more complicated, consumers need visual cues to help guide them through a store or to a particular display,” says Kevin Brown, President of Stylmark. “The Beacon from Stylmark will enhance the overall shopping experience.”
The Beacon LED Header System by Stylmark will be available for viewing at the GlobalShop Expo on March 28–30, 2017, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center (Booth #4715) in Las Vegas, NV.
Stylmark Introduces a Sleek LED Light Engine
MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. – March 14, 2017 – Stylmark, an industry leader in LED Lighting for retail and commercial environments, has elevated their LED showcase and shelf lighting with the introduction of the NIGEL, an LED light engine that is just 11/16” in diameter with the same light output as standard size light engines. NIGEL is perfect for commercial showcase displays that require a slim profile.
The new NIGEL light engine, available in Stylmark’s linear showcase reflectors and shelf lighting products, will be available in 3500K, 4000K and 5000K color temperature and will offer many features including ANSI Standard chromaticity binning, higher efficiencies, dimming capabilities, and polarity insensitivity.
“Nigel is a sophisticated LED showcase reflector that provides as much light as your traditional larger LED reflectors,” said Joe Roginski, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Additionally, reflector design is critical component of the LED showcase and Nigel is on the cutting edge of reflector design,” added Roginski.
The new Stylmark Nigel light engine will be available for viewing at the Global Shop Expo on March 28-30, 2017 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center (Booth # 4715) Las Vegas, NV.
STYLMARK PROMOTES JIM GIFFT TO VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS
MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. – August 9, 2016 – Stylmark, Inc. recently announced the promotion of Jim Gifft to its leadership team. Jim will be serving in the role of Vice President of Operations overseeing manufacturing, production control, purchasing and engineering.
Jim has over 25 years of management experience leading engineering, product development and R&D project teams. Prior to joining Stylmark five years ago, Jim held executive level management positions at Select Comfort and Despatch Industries.
“Jim is a proven leader who has made significant contributions during his time at Stylmark and throughout his career” said Kevin Brown, President of Stylmark. “Not only does he have a strong technical background, but he brings valuable business knowledge and expertise that can be applied to the entire operations group. We look forward to having Jim join our executive team.”
“I am excited about the opportunity to help further Stylmark’s commitment to provide quality products in a timely and competitive manner,” said Gifft. “Customer expectations continue to be more demanding and we need to make sure that we are in a position to meet the challenge
Stylmark Appoints New President
MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. – July 19, 2016 – Stylmark, Inc. announces that Kevin Brown has been named President.
Kevin began his career with Stylmark as Manufacturing Manager in 1995. In 2001, Kevin was promoted to Vice President of Manufacturing. Kevin was subsequently named Executive Vice President of Operations and joined Stylmark’s Board of Directors.
“Kevin Brown has been with Stylmark for over 20 years and has been instrumental in driving the success of Stylmark’s operational objectives. He has helped lead the integration of several acquisitions while advancing our Engineering and Manufacturing capabilities,” said David Brink, Stylmark Chairman and CEO. “Kevin is the right choice with valuable industry experience and knowledge that can lead Stylmark forward,” added Brink.
“I am honored to lead this organization forward and carry on our legacy. I am proud of our people and our capabilities, and am excited about our future growth. We have a great team that believes in our company and products as much as I do,” said Brown.