Here are the latest appointments within the industry.

  • Leonard Valve Co. has announced the hiring of Merrell L. Poole & Associates, Inc. to control the company's sales territory in southeast Florida. Leonard President Greg Wilcox explained that the addition of Merrell L. Poole & Associates to its manufacturer's representatives network, allows Leonard to move forward with its expanding business and also pursue a customer-focused strategy. Merrell L. Poole & Associates' President Ron Poole, Jacksonville, FL, said that adding the Leonard line will allow his company to offer a full package for bidding and specification work.

  • Matt Holmes has been named VP Sales-Retail at Briggs Plumbing Products, according to Briggs President and CEO William Houlin. With Holmes' appointment, Bob Robison, VP sales-wholesale for the U.S. and the Caribbean, will assume responsibility for that channel of distribution in Canada, as well as for the Builders and Commercial Divisions. Holmes will be responsible for all Briggs retail business in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico. He has more than 20 years of experience in professional sales management and managerial positions, and has been with Briggs since 1995. Robison has 30-plus years of experience in the plumbing manufacturing industry, with more than 10 years at Briggs.

    Cash Acme has lured a long-time expert out of retirement and back into a leading industry role.

  • Les Engelmann, formerly an executive with Ames Co. and Watts Industries, will serve as Cash Acme's National Backflow Director, leading the company's efforts with an expanded backflow preventer line. Engelmann developed the industry's first epoxy coated fabricated steel detector check valve in 1980 and the first fabricated backflow preventer in 1982. In the early 1990s, the first economically feasible stainless steel "silver bullet"