OSHKOSH, Wis. — Commercial laundry equipment manufacturer Continental Girbau Inc. reports it has made some recent personnel moves, transitioning Eric Novak to inside sales associate and hiring Geanie Wilson as shipping receiving specialist and Joanne Wilson as accounting assistant.
Novak had served as customer care associate since May 2016. In his new role, he’ll interface closely with Continental customers, distributors and staff; manage lead qualification processes; and handle inside sales and customer relations responsibilities.
“Eric brings a big boost to this inside sales position and is a great first contact to any new lead coming into Continental,” says Pam Kuffel, finance services manager and international sales manager. “He can quickly qualify a lead and get customers in touch with their local distributor. Eric will continue to grow in this position, bringing added value to all aspects of his new job responsibilities. He fits seamlessly into inside sales thanks to his extensive customer care experience. I am very excited to have him on our team.”
“During my time at CGI, I’ve had the opportunity to get my feet wet in the laundry industry – developing valuable skills and relationships along the way,” says Novak. “In my new role, I look forward to expanding on those things from a new perspective.”
Novak has two associate degrees in Applied Science—one in paralegal and the other in criminal justice/law enforcement—from Fox Valley Technical College, in Appleton, Wis.
As a shipping receiving specialist, Geanie Wilson assists with receiving and the fulfillment of equipment and parts orders, in addition to a variety of other tasks, including basic parts repair, forklift operation and clerical duties. She served 14 years with Generac Mobile before moving to Oshkosh.
“I am pleased to join the Continental group,” she says. “I like the small-company feel and friendly, welcoming atmosphere.”
Joanne Wilson handles a number of accounting functions, including accounts payable for Continental and accounts payable, invoicing and accounts receivable for California distributor Continental Girbau West.
Most recently, she served eight years as senior accounts payable specialist at a holdings company in Bethel, Mo. In May 2020, she expects to earn her bachelor’s degree in business administration finance-human resources management, from Liberty University, in Lynchburg, Va.
“When I accepted my position with Continental, I had already done a lot of research on the company,” she says. “I found Continental had a solid vision and a foundation of integrity. This is what sold me on the company.”