Marc Navarre- President and Chief Executive Officer
Marc joined Focus Products Group International in December 2013. Prior to joining Focus Products International, Marc has held President and CEO roles with multiple consumer products organizations, including Consumer Electronics, Kitchen Appliances, Cookware and Home Textiles businesses for leading companies around the world. Marc has a track record of successfully growing companies profitably, as well as leading and successfully integrating acquisitions.
Bill Bucklew- Chief Operating Officer
Bill Bucklew joined Focus in December 2011 as Vice President of Innovation and has had successive roles as the Executive Vice President of Innovation and Global Supply and in 2014 COO. Prior to joining Focus, Bill held leadership roles managing both large and medium size organizations spanning multiple industries, including CPG, Automotive, and Industrial segments. Bill has demonstrated success in defining the strategic vision of middle-market organizations, with a particular focus on organic growth through innovation and new product development, bottom line improvement driving supply chain and operational efficiencies, and facilitating acquisitive growth through comprehensive leadership of acquisition integrations.
Jeff Lemajeur- Chief Financial Officer
Jeff Lemajeur joined Focus Products in March of 2015 as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Focus, Jeff has been Chief Financial Officer at six different companies over the last twenty-three years. Four of those six companies were successfully sold to larger entities during Jeff’s tenure. Immediately prior to joining Focus, Jeff was the Chief Financial Officer and minority owner of GTL Resources and Illinois River Energy, where he was responsible for all financial functions and information technology, before the companies were sold. Jeff has experience in manufacturing, distribution, import, financial services, consulting, public, private, domestic and international environments, Jeff received a BS in Accountancy from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
Melissa Palmer- SVP Marketing
Melissa offers 20+ years of career experience with proven expertise in Sales, Strategy, Marketing, Branding and Brand Building; hallmarks of her positions with leading companies such as All-Clad Metalcrafters, Pottery Barn, and Restoration Hardware. As her career has advanced, Melissa has developed focused experience and a passionate interest for the culinary and housewares industry. She has an exceptional aptitude for building and empowering teams, as well as championing or re-positioning a brand by extending its reach into new product and marketing categories. She is an expert at leveraging the most effective traditional and non-traditional marketing channels to bring a brand to its full potential. She delivers successful events/trade marketing that drives brands forward. These assets, along with her limitless enthusiasm, combine to create a visionary leader and positions Melissa Palmer as an executive capable of leading great teams and brands to uncharted heights.
Barry H. Witte- SVP Retail Sales
Barry joined Focus Products Group in July of 2014 as Senior Vice President of Retail Sales for Focus Retail. Prior to joining Focus, Barry was Vice President and General Manager for HaanUSA, a leading floor care distributor, where he led the North American Business. Other previous employers include Spectrum Brands and Applica Consumer products, both leaders in the Houseware industry, as the VP of North American Sales. Prior to joining the housewares industry, Barry had successful stints in industry leading consumer package goods companies such as General Mills, Pillsbury, and The James River Corporation.
Jack Kurilla- SVP Sales, Surefit
Jack joined Sure Fit in April 2014. Prior to joining Sure Fit, Jack has held VP of Sales roles with a number of consumer products organizations, including Consumer Electronics, Kitchen Appliances, Tabletop, Cookware, Cutlery, and Home Textiles businesses for leading companies in the United States. Jack has a track record of generating breakthrough results and building highly productive sales teams.
Danielle Cowden- VP Product Management
Danielle joined Focus Products Group in April 2014 as the Vice President of Product Development. Prior to joining Focus, Danielle held product management and marketing roles with Kohls, American Textile Company, and All Clad. Danielle is a talented, driven marketing professional with a record of accomplishment in planning and implementing various product management activities in support of business goals and objectives. Danielle brings a wealth of value to the organization with her experience working with both high-end and mass retailers at all levels to sell products and ensure all marketing programs are carried out successfully.
Sandra Kemp- SVP, Hospitality
Sandra Kemp joined Focus in October 2004 as Director of Sales Operations leading supply chain operations, sales analysis, and customer service teams for both the bath retail and hospitality markets. She eventually served as Vice President of Commercial Operations for the hospitality and foodservice businesses with a track record of strategic planning, inventory management, and process improvement. Sandra has played a key role in new business acquisitions for the past ten years, successfully integrating six unique companies into Focus Products during that time. She has led a number of corporate projects on operational efficiency and educates others on implementing financial performance through data integrity, analysis, and business reporting. Sandra currently leads the Hospitality division, successfully driving sales and delivering business initiatives.
Traci Rennaker- VP Lloyd Operations
Traci is a highly-motivated, creative, and versatile leader who brings more than 25 years of supervisory and executive experience in all aspects of both retail and commercial manufacturing environments. Her background of expertise in both Lean Manufacturing and ISO 9001:2008 certification has allowed her to develop effective project management and strategic planning skills to drive annual sales increases, reduce waste, improve business and manufacturing processes, and, most importantly, provide for the highest level of service to each and every customer. As a committed leader with superior interpersonal skills, Traci has been very successful in aligning customer needs with corporate goals throughout her career, as well as both growing and leading companies to a substantially profitable status.