"We are ending 2020 with a record year in sales, and are reinvesting back into our industry with people, product development and new facilities."
Amy Bircher Bruyn
Founder & CEO
MMI Textiles welcomes CFO, announces four promotions
Posted January 6, 2021
WESTLAKE, Ohio – MMI Textiles Inc., a global diversified supplier of industrial and custom fabrics and textile components with military, tactical, medical, commercial and apparel expertise, announced one new executive hire and four promotions.
Kathleen Stevens has been added to the team as chief financial officer (CFO), and promotions included Debbie Grant to chief of staff (CoS), Nick Rivera to chief operating officer (COO), Geoffrey Senko to director of business development and Joshua Slack to supply chain manager.
MMI Textiles is at the forefront of customer service and innovation in the textile supply industry, and these new executive moves will help support the company through its next phase of growth as a leading global supplier of advanced materials.
“These executive moves – the new hire and the promotions – are a strategic part of our vision and growth plan,” said Amy Bircher Bruyn, founder and CEO of MMI Textiles. “We are ending 2020 with a record year in sales, and are reinvesting back into our industry with people, product development and new facilities. On the heels of adding manufacturing in North Carolina during the fourth quarter of 2020, we are finalizing plans for further growth and expansion in 2021 to increase our distribution needs and meet that evolving needs of the marketplace.”
Prior to joining MMI Textiles as CFO, Stevens served as CFO of Standby Screw Machine Products, as well as the CFO of Ohio Association of Polygraph Examiners. She brings more than 35 years of financial, treasury and accounting experience to the position, and an exemplary record for building teams and growing multimillion dollar global companies. Stevens is a graduate of Baldwin-Wallace University.
Rivera, MMI Textiles’ longest tenured employee, brings nearly 15 years of experience in customer service, production and operations to his new position as COO. Under Rivera’s guidance as director of operations since 2014, MMI has experienced consistent, double-digit growth and expansion across multiple markets. In his new role as COO, he will continue to be responsible for contributing to the company’s growth and expansion through oversight of day-to-day administrative and operational functions of the company. Rivera is a graduate of Cleveland State University.
Grant, as CoS, will build on her 11-year tenure with MMI Textiles, where she oversees marketing, customer service, human resources, office systems/IT, professional certifications and works on strategic projects. She brings more than 30 years of corporate experience to the position, including roles with JCPenney, American Greetings and Cole Managed Vision. She will report directly to the CEO and will focus on helping set policies and making time, information and decision processes more efficient and effective. Grant is a graduate of The Ohio State University.
Senko has been with MMI for over 10 years as a sales representative and successive positions as regional sales manager and national accounts manager. In his new position as director of business development, Senko will develop and implement plans designed to build customer relationships and capture new opportunities on a global scale. Senko is a soon to be graduate of Cleveland State University.
As the new supply chain manager, Slack will build on his five years’ experience with MMI in customer service and production. In his new position, he will oversee and manage the company’s logistics strategy and operations with a focus on process efficiency and productivity. He will also be responsible for continuing to develop and maintain vendor and distributor relationships. Slack is a graduate of Lorain County Community College.
MMI Textiles, a woman-owned business enterprise with over 23 years of experience, is a premier global supplier of industrial and custom fabrics and textile components to the diverse textile marketplace. From its headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio, its newest operation in Lenoir, N.C., and its resource base of more than 250 suppliers, the company delivers innovative solutions from fabrics, webbing, binding tape, hook & loop, hardware, labels and more.
Through its products and its solutions-focused services, MMI has become a leading end-to-end supplier to the commercial, outdoors, medical and military markets. It also oversees the production of its own stock and custom products – many of which are 100% domestic. An ISO 9001-certified company, MMI assures customers receive the best quality and expertise at all times.
Source: MMI Textiles