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RNK Distributing Announces: New COO and Quilters Select Division Manager



Effective April 2022


Cliff Wallach, President and CEO of RNK Distributing LLC located at 2562 Western Ave, Knoxville, TN announced today that RNK has secured the services of Jennifer Gigas as the New Chief Operating Officer and Quilters Select Brand Manager for the Knoxville, TN based company, effective April 2022.


Jennifer comes to RNK Distributing with over 20 years of industry experience. Her love of all things creative started at a very young age and has continued to be an integral part of her life. She started her career as a free-lance educator and creator of custom children’s wear. Her work appeared in a wide variety of sewing, quilting and embroidery publications. As Director of Training and Education for BERNINA of America, she had the opportunity to work with and learn from industry leaders. As part of product development teams, she gained insight into the challenges and rewards of bringing innovative products to the passionate hobbyist.

In Jennifer’s most current role as Managing Director for one of the leading multi-line, multi-location sewing machine retailers in the country, she has broadened her expertise. “It has been a privilege to work alongside the entire team and to be part of our customer’s creative journeys. The richness of experience gained through my involvement with each sewing machine manufacturer & vendor partner has been invaluable.”


Coinciding with a move to be close to family, Jennifer is delighted to join the RNK Distributing team in April. “I’m looking forward to taking the last decade of firsthand experience, working with and alongside independent retailers to provide the products, programs, and support tools needed to help all RNK dealers grow their business.”


According to CEO, Cliff Wallach “I am very excited to see the blending of Jennifer’s incredible talent and knowledge with the nearly 20 years of manufacturing and marketing experience of RNK Distributing. Together, we will continue to bring innovative and necessary products and services to the Independent Sewing Machine Retailers that are RNK’s only customer base. Jennifer will be working every day to ensure that our Independent Floriani, Embellish and Quilters Select Dealers get the best of everything from RNK, including Education, Inspiration and Product Excellence at competitive prices. I am looking forward to welcoming Jennifer to our ranks and to introducing her in her new capacity at RNK to everyone at the upcoming VDTA/SDTA Show in Las Vegas. There, we will be unveiling innovative new products, conducting exciting classes (see schedule below), as well as introducing this amazing new COO and Quilter’s Select Brand Manager. We look forward to seeing everyone in the industry there in April!”


RNK Class Schedule for VDTA/SDTA 2022

April 19, 2022 – Bally's Skyview 3


“See What’s NEW for 2022!”

Lunch Provided for Those Pre-registered for Morning and Afternoon Sessions.

Special Giveaway! RNK Distributing will be giving software worth $1000’s to Authorized Dealers who are attending software training classes!


Note: You must reserve your seats for class by calling 865-549-5115

OR


8AM – 9AM “It’s Time to Have FUN Again”!

Join Ricky, Kay, and RNK’s new COO, Jennifer Gigas for Bagels, Muffins, Coffee, and Hot Tea as they introduce “What’s New For 2022”.

This will be a cram packed hour of FUN, Prizes, and Information that will give you insight into our new products, across all four brands, along with our new Lecture Demo and Hands-On Event Formats!

9AM – 10AM “What’s New for FTC-U?” – Trevor Conquergood


10AM – 12 Noon “What’s New for Quilters Select!! – Alex Anderson, Kay Brooks, Jennifer Gigas, and Judy Fredenburgh

This Class Will include an unveiling of our newest and most PROFITABLE QS Product!


12 Noon - 1PM – Lunch Provided for Those Pre-registered for Morning and Afternoon Sessions. During this hour there will be a brief 30-minute presentation by the Co-Founders of RNK Distributing.


1PM – 2PM – What’s New for Embellish Maker Software – Trevor Conquergood


2:15 – 4:00PM – What’s New for Embellish LTC – Kathy Davis, Paula Bramwell, and Special Guest, Debbie Homer!

If you are ready to start having FUN AGAIN, (with in-store Hands-On Classes), you MUST consider this newly designed Dealer Program created exclusively for Independent Retailers.


4:15 – 6:30PM Skyview 3 & 4 Join RNK for Snack’s and Drink’s while we wait for VDTA/SDTA’s Welcome Reception Scheduled at 7PM.

  • Visit with Alex Anderson, and the new Quilters Select Brand Manager, Jennifer Gigas while you get an up close and personal demonstration of what’s new with Quilters Select!

  • Visit with Debbie Homer and our Division Managers for Floriani and Embellish while they give you a snapshot of what you can expect for your Summer and Fall Event Projects!

  • Visit with Trevor Conquergood as he gives an up-close demo of what’s new with RNK Software!

  • Visit with RNK’s fabulous educators as they demonstrate new products and marketing ideas!

  • Visit with the Co-founders of RNK (Ricky and Kay) along with RNK’s CEO, Cliff Wallach as they share the amazing dealer opportunities RNK has planned for 2022!

Please Note, we are requesting you to let us know if you will attend this mini reception so that we can attempt to provide an adequate amount for Snacks and Drinks for everyone, by calling 865-549-5115 and simply say, I/we are coming or staying for the Mini-Reception.


2022 VDTA-SDTA Trade Show and Convention
Vacuum and Sewing Dealers Trade Association
Go to VDTA.com/Convention for more!


April 20, 2022 - Bally's and Paris


April 20, 2022 – 8:00 – 9:30AM - Keynote (Champagne Ballroom-Paris)

April 20 - Classroom – Bally's Skyview 3

9:45 AM - 11:15 AM – RNK Software Sales Training – Trevor Conquergood

Note: You must reserve your seats for class by calling 865-549-5115


April 20 - Classroom – Bally's Skyview 4

9:45 AM - 11:15 AM – “What’s New for Embellish LTC”?

Kathy Davis, Paula Bramwell, and Special Guest, Debbie Homer!

Note: You must reserve your seats for class by calling 865-549-5115

April 21, 2022 – 8AM – 9:30AM - Power-House Dealer Forum Moderated

By Ricky Brooks (Champagne Ballroom-Paris)


April 21, 2022 – Classroom - Bally's Skyview 3

9:45 AM - 11:15 AM- Floriani FTC-U Software Sales Training – Trevor Conquergood

If you want to sell more FTC-U Software in 2022, YOU must make time for this class! Trevor will show you how he has increased FTC-U Sales at his Floriani Events even during the worst of 2021. You can see an immediate increase in Your FTC-U Sales, IF YOU DO WHAT TREVOR DOES! Note: You must reserve your seats for class by calling 865-549-5115


April 21, 2022 – Classroom - Bally's Skyview 4

9:45 AM - 11:15 AM – “ALL Things Quilters Select” – Thread, Battings, Applique, Fusible, Adhesives, Rulers, Mats, Tools, AND …

Come join Alex Anderson, Kay Brooks, and Judy Fredenburgh and our new Quilters Select Brand Manager, Jennifer Gigas for this “Catching Up with What’s New for QS” in this informal product discussion. Note: You must reserve your seats for class by calling 865-549-5115