12, 2016 Updated 5:15 p.m. 1 of 7 Melissa Miller, Los Al Unified director of Safety and Student Services, left to right, Carrie Logue, LAEF executive director, and German Guevara with Boeing, help unload the school supplies donated by the company. LOS ALAMITOS EDUCATION FOUNDATION 1 of 7 Children’s Hospital of Orange County has named Ryan Hansen as its new director of its heart institute. 1 of 7 Allen Boerner, president and chief executive of Granite Investment Group has joined the board of directors at the Boy Scouts of America, Orange County Council. 1 of 7 Bob Olson, the founder of R.D. Olson Development has joined the board of the Boy Scouts of America, Orange County Council COURTESY OF THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICAN, ORANGE COUNTY COUNCIL 1 of 7 Hayes Drumwright, CEO of Irvine-based POPin, has published his first book with Apress, Management vs. Employees: How Leaders Can Bridge the Power Gaps That Hurt Corporate Performance. 1 of 7 Rob Friedman, chairman and co-founder of Auction.com, has joined the board of directors with the Boy Scouts of America Orange County Council 1 of 7 Jeffrey Bucher has joined Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group as managing director and head of Transaction Banking Sales for the regional bank. Bucher, based in the bank’s Irvine office, is responsible for developing the transaction banking business, which covers retail banking, wealth markets, business banking, commercial banking, real estate industries, and more. WALLIS PHOTO LLC , WALLIS PHOTO LLC
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Founded by Grant Dowse and Pegge Kirschner, the business, which employs 160 people in downtown Franconia and another 40 at a satellite facility in Exeter, was an answer to a need at that time for toasty warm cotton flannel bed linens, like the kind the couple found in their travels throughout Europe, but that were relatively unknown on this side of the Atlantic. vocationStarting in an old sugar house located on the aforementioned hill on their property, Dowse and Kirschner began reselling imported textiles and soon were able to relocate to much larger digs here on Main Street. After Dowse and Kirschner were killed in a plane crash in February 1985 while attempting to land at Whitefield Regional Airport during a snowstorm, ownership of Garnet Hill was transferred to the Hamblin family, who in 1997 sold it to Cornerstone Brands. Eight years later, Cornerstone was purchased by the Home Shopping Network, where its division within HSN comprises Garnet Hill, Ballard Designs, Chasing Fireflies, Frontgate, Grandin Road, Improvements and TravelSmith. Claire Spofford, who has led Garnet Hill for almost three years, sees nothing but good things ahead for the company and the brand, which she described as premium, but accessible. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Spofford earned an MBA from Babson College but really grew up as a marketing executive with the Timberland Co., where she worked for a decade before moving to Orchard Brands, serving as president of several of its product lines. Upon arriving at Garnet Hill, Spofford said she felt that the brand had lost some of its luster by over-promoting discounts. She cut back on the multiple offers and re-focused on providing a solid product in the very demanding world of womens and childrens attire and home goods. Womens apparel is a very large industry and a very competitive industry, Spofford said during an interview on Sept. 7, adding I count ourselves lucky every day knock on wood that we continue to grow. The growth is made possible by a great product, a great brand and a great group of people who work at Garnet Hill, she said. In a crowded marketplace, Garnet Hill has an advantage over competitors in that the heritage of the brand is here in Sugar Hill and Franconia, and doesnt have to be artificially created. Although the scale is much larger than when Dowse and Kirschner owned it, Garnet Hill says it remains true to its commitment to provide high quality at a good price, ergo, value, even as it tries to increase market share.
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