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Southwest Signs promotes David Fields

BY CSA STAFF

San Antonio Southwest Signs announced that David Fields has been promoted to the position of director of business development. In this new role Fields will continue to find new opportunities to grow our market share with new customers.

Fields started working in sales at Southwest Signs in 2008 and has made a great impact on our business. He came to us with 25 years of sales experience calling on national accounts in the vertical markets of banking, retail and hospitality.

Fields received a BS in Accounting from Virginia Tech and a MBA in International Business from Our Lady of the Lake University. Fields comments, “Southwest Signs is a unique combination of strength and agility. The company is large enough to handle any size national account conversion program in the market and still agile enough to produce the most detailed custom sign imaginable. It is a blast to share our story to potential customers.”

Southwest Sign Group is a full spectrum sign manufacturing company that was established in 1946. It has been successfully managing national, and local custom accounts for the past 63 years. Corporate headquarters is located in San Antonio, where it specializes in the manufacturing and management of all types and sizes sign programs and projects.

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Syms names integration chief

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Secaucus, N.J. Syms Corp. on Friday named Joel Feigenbaum chief integration officer.

Feigenbaum will head the Filene’s Basement division and bring co-branded Syms and Filene’s Basement stores to the market. Syms bought Filene’s Basement last June.

Feigenbaum will split his time between Filene’s headquarters in Burlington, Mass., and Syms’ corporate headquarters in Secaucus, N.J.

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NRF: Healthcare legislation will force retail job losses

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Washington, D.C. The National Retail Federation on Monday expressed “extreme disappointment” at the House’s passage of sweeping healthcare reform legislation over the weekend, saying added labor costs under the bill will cost many retail workers their jobs.

“This truly is an historic moment, but not a cause for celebration. Congress has embarked on a dangerous, anti-job experiment in the midst of the worst economy our nation has seen in decades,” NRF senior VP for government relations Steve Pfister said.

Pfister said it is particularly concerned about mid-sized companies that are large enough for the mandates to apply but too small to have the ability to absorb these added costs.

“They could be among the hardest hit,” he said. “And small businesses that drive so much of the job creation in our country are going to be forced to hold their size under 50 workers to avoid the employer mandate threshold.”

As regulators set the rules under which the new law will be implemented, NRF said it will work diligently to maximize the benefits of its positive components and minimize the negative impact on American businesses and workers.

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