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Hearth & Home Technologies focuses on growth plans with changes to its senior leadership team

8/19/2010 (Minneapolis)


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MINNEAPOLIS (August 19 , 2010) Hearth & Home Technologies Inc., the worlds leading provider of fireplaces, inserts and stoves, is pleased to announce several changes to its senior leadership team that will position the company for growth and expansion.

Alan Trusler, senior vice president of North American Dealer Sales, will be transitioning to a newly created role of senior vice president, Business Development. He will be leading the companys strategic sales growth initiatives, focusing primarily on new business development. John Shimek, vice president of Marketing, will be moving into Truslers former position as senior vice president, North American Dealer Sales. Shimek will be responsible for driving dealer sales in the United States and Canada.

With Shimeks move to Sales, Diane Utzman-ONeill is joining the company as senior vice president of Marketing effective August 23. She has spent more than 20 years in senior-level marketing and brand management positions for high profile companies including Ford Motor Company, Andersen Windows, Select Comfort and Nordic Track. Utzman-ONeill brings a wide breadth of experience developing and managing strategic, large-scale national marketing and branding initiatives for retail, direct and online channels. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in business from St. Cloud State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin.

We are very excited about these changes to our leadership team, said Brad Determan, president. With more than 50 years of combined experience in the hearth industry, John and Alan bring a wealth of talent and expertise to their respective new roles. They are intently focused on growth for our customers and will continue to make improvements in their best interests. We are also delighted to welcome Diane to the team. In addition to her extensive marketing leadership experience, I am confident that her energy and enthusiasm will be fresh new ideas to HHT and our customers.

Trusler will continue to office out of Colville, Wash., and Shimek and Utzman-ONeill will office out of the companys headquarters in Lakeville, Minn.

About Hearth & Home Technologies Inc.

Hearth & Home Technologies is the worlds leading provider of whole hearth systems including fireplaces, stoves and inserts, as well as furnaces that utilize biomass fuels. Its family of brands includes Harman, Heatilator, Heat & Glo, Quadra-Fire and Fireside Hearth & Home retail stores and builder design centers. The company offers a wide variety of energy efficient and environmentally sustainable hearth products, which are manufactured, packaged and delivered with respect for the environment. Hearth & Home Technologies is a subsidiary of HNI Corporation (NYSE: HNI), the second largest office furniture manufacturer in the United States. More information can be found at www.hearthnhome.com.