ITASCA, Ill. — Ellis Corporation, a manufacturer of industrial laundry and water treatment equipment, announced the appointment of two veteran sales professionals to its staff. The announcement was made by Chief Executive Officer Robert Fesmire, Sr.
“As Ellis continues to experience unprecedented growth, it became apparent we would have to restructure our sales organization to keep pace with the speed of our development,” said Fesmire. “We are very pleased to have John Stokes and Carmen Coluccio join the Ellis team. They bring with them an impressive level of leadership experience, sales expertise and industry knowledge.”
John Stokes has been named Vice President of Sales and Partner of Vega Systems USA. He has held sales positions of increasing responsibility since 1994, starting with a Braun distributor before joining Braun as Regional Sales Manager in the Southeast. His last position was Regional Vice President for the Jensen Group. John was attracted to Ellis by the opportunity to work for a family-run operation and the challenge of taking the company to the next level. After competing with Ellis indirectly for years, he appreciates the chance to personally represent some of their premier products. With the addition of the wastewater, Vega Systems and Ludell offerings, he sees Ellis as being well positioned for additional success with a complete line of products that are well respected and well received in their respective industries.
Carmen Coluccio has been appointed Midwest Director of Regional Sales. A Marine Corp veteran, his first job after his service was loading Ellis laundry equipment in Albany, NY. Learning the industry and advancing quickly in his 10-year tenure with the company, he then joined Five Star Laundry in Chicago and opened facilities in Orlando, Florida, Hollywood, Florida and Dallas, Texas as Vice President of Operations. He also partnered with Gaylord Entertainment as Director of Laundry and Director of Housekeeping. Most recently, he was Jensen Group’s Midwest Sales Manager. Working in the industry, Carmen continuously heard good things about the Fesmire family and the team they had put together at Ellis. He sees this move as a great opportunity to challenge himself as a professional and grow in his career.
“Both John and Carmen have a solid background in our industry and a history of proven accomplishments in sales,” Fesmire commented. “We are pleased to welcome them to Ellis and look forward to our entire sales team growing stronger under their leadership.”
Pictured above: John Stokes (L), Carmen Coluccio (R)