Jeff Cowan,president of House ofCarpets Carpet Onein Modesto, Calif., has retired after 38 years in the business. He is succeeded by Robert Kerr, Jr., most recently the retailer's general manager and a 16-year veteran of the company. "I've had a great run, and I have no doubt Robert [Kerr] will continue the tradition of outstanding customer service," Cowan said.
Ken Pedenhas been named executive vp ofKronotex USA. The industry veteran joins the company after nearly five years with Quick-Step, most recently as vp sales. He is credited for growing Quick-Step's sales from 2001-2006 and thus helping to turn the company into an industry leader.
Laticretechairman and CEODavid Rothbergwas recently inducted into the Junior Achievement of Southwest New England's Business Hall of Fame. The achievement recognizes Rothberg's commitment to his employees and the greater Bethany, Conn. community where Laticrete is based. Rothberg holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School as well as two Bachelor of Science degrees from Emory University in Atlanta.