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URC Staffs Up with Four More

Harrison, NY — In an economic climate in which contraction has become distressingly normal, Universal Remote Control Inc. (URC) continues to grow and invest in its people, products, and processes, having hired two new regional sales managers, an online training manager, and a warehouse superintendent.

“We’re not immune to the global recession, but by no means are we surrendering to it,” said Doug Cole, URC’s senior vice president and general manager. “With the hiring of these four talented people, URC is sending this message to our dealers, our partners and the marketplace at large: We are strong, we are looking forward, we are still growing, and we will remain aggressive, even in a down market.”

Outside URC headquarters (l-r) Gary Post, central regional sales manager; Scott Srolis, eastern regional sales manager; Doug Cole, senior VP and general manager; and Lars Granoe, vice president of sales

The two new regional sales managers are Scott Srolis, eastern regional sales manager, and Gary S. Post, central regional sales manager. Srolis and Post join Marguerita Kiser, URC’s western regional sales manager, and Hank Eisengrein, who was recently promoted to the newly created position of national sales training manager. All report to URC vice president of sales Lars Granoe.

Srolis began his consumer electronics career 22 years ago in the Philadelphia market as a salesman for Bryn Mawr Stereo and Video. He later served 11 years with Tweeter Home Entertainment Group, first as a store manager and subsequently as director of field operations for Tweeter’s 130-plus storefronts.

Post, a 23-year veteran of the CE industry, most recently served as director of sales for Klipsch Group’s Jamo and Energy brands. He previously served as vice president of sales USA for Audio Products International, where he was responsible for Mirage, Energy, and Athena speakers. He is based in northern Ohio.

John Martin, URC’s new online training manager, was educated as an audio engineer, but later became a technician and editor for Virtual Media Communications in New York, where he plied his trade for companies like HBO, MTV, Lifetime, and Sony Music. Martin later joined Key Digital Systems as its technical support and national training manager, where he also performed system designs, repairs, new product testing, and soldering of motherboards and cables.

Stanislaus (Stan) Lewis joins URC as warehouse superintendent. A New York native with 13 years of experience in operations management, Lewis will be in charge of URC’s Valhalla, New York, warehouse facilities. Lewis, who earned his MBA from Pace University, has undertaken several expansion projects relating to warehousing and delivery operations.