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Midwest-CBK names Dick Duff general manager

GDA Staff -- Home Textiles Today, December 4, 2012

Cannon Falls, Minn. -- Midwest‐CBK, has named Dick Duff general manager.

An industry veteran, Duff has 29 years of experience in the gift industry, including five years with Midwest of Cannon Falls as the executive vice president of sales and marketing. Throughout his career, Duff has served in numerous executive‐level leadership roles in the gift industry, focusing on marketing, product development, sales management and business development; he also has international experience in foreign sourcing, manufacturing, distribution and product development. In his new role, Duff will oversee all aspects of day-to-day operations and manage growth objectives.

"Dick's proven track record and knowledge of the gift industry is second to none," said Howard Ganz, president of Ganz, which acquired Midwest‐CBK from MVP Group International, Inc., in October. "His passion combined with outstanding sales and marketing leadership will serve our customers, employees and the industry well. We look forward to continued growth and success through Dick's leadership."

Most recently, Duff served as the executive vice president of Blue Mountain Arts. He has also served as executive vice president of sales and marketing, and vp and general manager of The Hadley Companies; president of American Specialty Confections; and executive vp and general manager for Carousel by Guy. Duff holds a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing, advertising and journalism from Oklahoma State University.

"I'm excited to return to Midwest-CBK and work with the industry's top talent to bring our valued customers the most sought‐after products backed by an amazing sales and distribution team," said Duff, in a statement. "I look forward to the opportunity to further develop and grow the brand, starting with an outstanding new product launch in January."

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