CEO Ken Tacony and his daughter, Executive Vice President Kristi Humes, both transition into new roles, as the company celebrates a hallmark year.
Nov. 30, 2015 – St. Louis, MO – The new year always brings with it the promise of new possibilities. For Tacony Corporation, the upcoming year means a number of significant, exciting changes. As the St. Louis-based company celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2016, it also transitions into a new era of leadership.
Effective Jan. 1, Ken Tacony will step aside as Chief Executive Officer as his daughter, Executive Vice President Kristi Humes, takes the helm. Tacony will scale back day-to-day duties and transition to Executive Chairman of Tacony Corporation. At the same time, Vice President of Marketing-Sewing Division, Craig Meyer, will take on leadership of Tacony Corporation marketing as Senior Vice President of Marketing. Bill Hinderer will continue as President and Chief Operating Officer.
“I am truly blessed and fortunate to have the opportunity to carry on my grandfather’s and my father’s entrepreneurial spirit,” Humes said. “I’m equally fortunate that my dad has the confidence that I am capable of carrying on what he continued to build from his father’s dream.”
Founded in 1946 by Nick Tacony, Tacony Corporation is a privately held manufacturing and distribution company operating in four strategic business units: sewing, home floor care, commercial floor care, and ceiling fans. Among the company’s most successful brands are sewing industry leader Baby Lock; home floor care brands Simplicity, Riccar and Maytag; commercial floor care brands such as Powr-Flite, Tornado and Truvox; and Regency ceiling fans. After Nick Tacony’s passing in 1984, Ken Tacony took over leadership of the business, growing it from $3 million in sales to more than $220 million in 2014. To date, the company employs more than 650 associates in 13 offices around the world.
Humes has 22 years’ experience in the family business, and had served various roles in the company before being named Executive Vice President in 2011. Meyer, a longtime employee of the company, brings decades of business and marketing experience to the position. He will continue Humes’ work in building and strengthening Tacony Corporation’s marketing strategies, focusing on distribution and independent retail businesses in the sewing, home floor care, commercial floor care and ceiling fan industries.
Tacony, 72, will transition into a new position as Executive Chairman, a role that will allow him to spend less time addressing day-to-day company business and more time with family and personal pursuits.
“It’s a role that allows me to still be involved from a consulting perspective rather than a managerial perspective,” Tacony said. “My wife told me that I could never retire, and this change in my role isn’t my retirement but the recognition of Kristi to begin taking a greater leadership role.”
As CEO, Humes plans to continue her father’s moral and ethical business practices, dedication to customer service, and investment in the company’s future and its associates. “We will continue as entrepreneurs, embrace new opportunities to do so in a way that Ken will be proud of,” she said. “And most of all, we will always take care of our customers in ways that are both fair to them and to us, and treat them like family.”
Ken Tacony will serve in a consultant role, providing support at the corporate headquarters during the transition and beyond. When he’s not performing duties at Tacony Corporation, he’ll spend more time in the Florida sun and spoiling grandchildren.
“You don’t always know when it’s the right time to make that change. It’s more of a feeling,” Ken Tacony said. “Sometimes it’s just the realization of what you want the balance of your life to be, to spend more time enjoying the fruits of your labor and setting the stage for the next generation.”
In addition to making leadership changes in 2016, Tacony Corporation will celebrate 70 years in business. The company will mark the occasion with a year of special events and promotions (to be announced) throughout the year.
To learn more about Tacony Corporation, visit the company website, Tacony.com.
About Tacony Corporation:
Founded in 1946 by Nick Tacony, Tacony Corporation is a privately held manufacturing and distribution company operating in four strategic business units: sewing, home floor care, commercial floor care, and ceiling fans. With more than 650 associates in 13 offices around the world, Tacony’s mission is to create long-lasting relationships that are based on trust and feel like family. For more information, visit www.tacony.com.
Local chapters of Ryan’s Case for Smiles will use donated Baby Lock sergers to bring smiles to children with serious illnesses and injuries.
November 6, 2015 – St. Louis, MO – Ryan’s Case for Smiles is keeping the smiles going for thousands of children across the United States with help from Baby Lock and its network of retailers. Baby Lock recently donated Eclipse DX four-thread sergers to 20 Baby Lock retailers, who presented the machines to their local Ryan’s Case for Smiles chapters. These chapters provide whimsical pillowcases to sick children in an effort to help them cope with the stress of life-altering illnesses and injuries.
Ryan’s Case for Smiles (formerly ConKerr Cancer) has donors and volunteers at more than 120 chapters throughout the United States, who have contributed more than $10 million in fabrics and supplies and more than 5 million volunteer hours since the organization’s founding in 2007. In fact, on Sept. 17, 2015 – National PJ Day – Ryan’s Case for Smiles donated its 1 millionth pillowcase.
Cindy Kerr, CEO and founder of Ryan’s Case for Smiles, whose son inspired her to establish the organization, said the partnership with Baby Lock grew out of a relationship with Baby Lock retailer, Steve Chubin of Steve’s Sewing and Vacuum in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. It was Chubin who initially reached out to Baby Lock President Steve Jeffery.
“Last year we were fortunate to receive 10 sergers. In April I met with Steve Jeffery in St. Louis to explore ideas on how we could formulate a more official partnership,” Kerr said. “This year Baby Lock donated sergers to 20 of our chapters. … In addition, Baby Lock donated seven sewing machines to the Philly chapter. These machines are used at our hospital sewing days with the patients along with other community events.”
Local chapters of Ryan’s Case for Smiles regularly create pillowcases and deliver the finished product to approximately 330 hospitals across the United States.
“Pillowcase sewing days are held several times throughout the month, which enables our chapters to supply pillowcases to hospitalized children in addition to allowing volunteers to try out a Baby Lock serger,” said Kerr.
“We are very proud and honored to be a part of this great cause,” Jeffery said. “We will continue to help and support all we can.”
The Baby Lock Eclipse DX serger features Jet-Air Threading™, which takes thread through all three machine loopers with the press of a button. The Eclipse DX is the ideal machine for creating fun pillowcases to sooth, comfort and distract a child in physical and emotional distress.
For more information about Ryan’s Case for Smiles, visit the organization’s website, www.caseforsmiles.org.
To learn more about Baby Lock, visit www.babylock.com.
About Baby Lock:
Baby Lock has been a leader in the sewing industry since 1964. Today, the company offers a full line of easy-to-use, state-of-the-art sewing, quilting and embroidery machines, sergers and accessories, and industry-leading Gold Standard service and support. Baby Lock products are sold exclusively through independent retailers.
Baby Lock is a major underwriter of the popular PBS television shows “Sewing With Nancy,” starring national sewing authority Nancy Zieman, “Quilt in a Day,” starring national quilting authority and Quilting Hall of Fame inductee Eleanor Burns, and Fons & Porter’s “Love of Quilting,” starring Marianne and Mary Fons. For more information about Baby Lock, visit www.babylock.com.