Activeion hired John C. Walden as CEO. Walden will also become a member of Activeion's board of directors. Prior to joining Activeion, Walden served as executive vice president and chief customer officer at Sears Holdings Corp.

Guy Blissett, a wholesale distribution industry expert at IBM's Institute for Business Value (IBV), has been named a Fellow of the NAW Institute for Distribution Excellence, the long-range research arm of the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW).

Spartan Chemical Co., Inc., Maumee, Ohio, promoted Ronald Laino to the position of regional manager, Metro New York Region.

Joe Fahley has been named vice president of financial shared services for SCA's North American operations. The new Financial Shared Service Center will have locations in Neenah, Wis., and Philadelphia.

The company also announced that Mike Jansen has been named vice president, finance, and CFO of SCA Tissue North America.

STOKO Skin Care, Greensboro, N.C., announced several personnel moves: Steven Hughes has been promoted to key accounts manager; Dan Facella has been promoted to territory manager, Northeast region; Miriam Harmon has been promoted to territory manager, U.S. central region.

Tim Twitchell of TNT Unlimited Inc., Palatine, Ill., received the 2009 Vectair Systems North American Manufacturer Representative of the Year award.

National Independent Sanitary Supply Companies (NISSCO), Dulles, Va., added Brian Gray as regional manager Northeast.

Nexstep Commercial Products (Exclusive Licensee of O-Cedar), Springfield, Ohio, hired Erin E. Martin as sales & marketing administrator.

NASSCO Inc., New Berlin, Wis., promoted Mark Melzer to executive vice president and Ken Henk to vice president of sales and marketing.





Philip Rosenau Co., Inc., Warminster, Pa., acquired the assets of Goorland and Mann, New Castle County, Del.

Triple S (SSS), Billerica, Mass., has appointed three new companies as member-dealers: Star Maintenance Supply Co., San Gabriel, Calif., Conlon Products Inc., Lawrence, Mass., and Advance Paper & Maintenance Supply Inc., Mesa, Ariz. Under the agreement, these companies have the rights to market the complete line of SSS brand products in their respective markets.

Kaivac Inc., Hamilton, Ohio, has renewed its corporate sponsorship of the Healthy Schools Campaign guidebook "The Quick and Easy Guide to Green Cleaning in Schools."

Rubbermaid Commercial Products, Winchester, Va., was named Vendor of the Year by the American Hotel Register for the third consecutive year.

Georgia-Pacific Professional, Atlanta, received the 2010 GHX Best In Class Award for achieving the highest year-over-year market share growth in the 2009 calendar year. The award, for distributed products in the Metal/Plastic/Paper Products category, was presented by GHX LLC.

National Independent Sanitary Supply Companies (NISSCO), Dulles, Va., awarded 64 distributors and suppliers with a five-day Jamaican get-away in recognition of their top performance in the company's T.R.I.P 2009 program.

Loveland, Ohio-based Cold Jet LLC formed a strategic alliance with Radnor, Pa.-based Airgas' Red-D-Arc subsidiary to provide environmentally responsible cleaning solutions throughout North America.

Bird-B-Gone Inc., Mission Viejo, Calif., has moved to a larger manufacturing plant. The new facility will allow the company to expand production capabilities.

Distributor Partners of America (DPA), Cincinnati, awarded eight distributors with 2009 DPA Travel Awards: Performance Chemical & Supply, Richton Park, Ill.; Colker Co., Pittsburgh; Cleanergy Supply Co., Dayton, Ohio; Lebanon Chemical, Lebanon, Tenn.; Tucker Janitorial Supply, Tulsa, Okla.; Beacon Distributors Inc., Lincoln, R.I.; Stigler Supply, Cincinnati; and Colon Products, Lawrence, Mass.

Diversey Inc., Sturtevant, Wis., released its 2009 Global Responsibility Report, detailing the company's achievements in sustainable business practices and corporate responsibility. The report highlights a range of company initiatives that address climate change, most notably its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2013.

Earth Friendly Products, Addison, Ill., has completed construction of the largest commercial solar power installation in Illinois. The photovoltaic-generating technology system was installed at the company's corporate headquarters and will generate enough energy to significantly reduce harmful greenhouse gases.

To support environmental projects across the country, Kimberly-Clark Professional, Roswell, Ga., has launched the Green Patrol, a program that will bring employees and other volunteers to communities throughout the United States to help plant trees, aid in cleanup, recycling projects and other environmental efforts.

As part of the Green Patrol, more than 60 Kimberly-Clark employees, as well as groups from the Boys and Girls Club and a local high school volunteered to clean up Proctor Creek, one of the most environmentally impaired creeks in metro Atlanta.

In Philadelphia, more than 25 people from the Kimberly-Clark mill in Chester, Pa., participated in the Clean Air Council 5K Run, while a Green Patrol team assisted with the recycling, composting and cleanup of trash from the event.

Hydro Systems Co., Cincinnati, an operating unit of Dover Corp., acquired Chemilizer Products Inc., Largo, Fla.

JMZ Distributing moved to a new and larger warehouse and office facility located in Englewood, Colo. To celebrate JMZ's new location, more than 40 suppliers and 100 customers gathered together on May 14 for the grand opening.

In March, more than 1,300 distributors met in Washington, DC, for Yardley, Pa.-based Activant's annual conference for wholesale distributors. The three-day event, called Summit, included presentations by industry experts, educational sessions and networking events. In March 2011, Summit will take place in Orlando, Fla.