Haws Announces Internal Changes and Promotions

[Sparks, Nevada USA] – Haws®, a Traynor Family Enterprise company, is pleased to share several internal promotions that support Haws continued success in the emergency equipment and hydration industries.

                                      Ted Hertz- General Manager, Hydration
As General Manager of the Brita® Partnership for the last 3 years, Hertz has amplified the organization’s partnership with the Brita® brand and strengthened the program through the  introduction of additional products to the portfolio as well as new distribution opportunities. As he transitions to a broader management position as General Manager of Hydration, Hertz will utilize his 15+ years in the water and hydration industry to take on the responsibility of overseeing the drinking fountain business in addition to strengthening the Brita® professional line.

Sam Sarver- Vice President & General Manager, Haws Safety Solutions
With more than 10 years of Haws experience, Sarver’s recent promotion combines the responsibilities of managing the Haws Emergency Equipment business with the growing Haws Integrated brand. As Vice President & General Manager of Haws Safety Solutions, Sarver enters this position with over 30 years of experience in the industry and will now oversee the strategic direction of Haws’ safety solutions.

Adam Pruitt- Product Manager
Over the last year, Pruitt has demonstrated vast knowledge and technical experience in the management of a product’s lifecycle.  Pruitt’s role as Product Manager has been expanded to include sustaining products as well as responsibility of the commercialization process for Haws Emergency Equipment, Hydration/Brita® Professional and Haws Integrated product portfolios in North America.


 Gary Wardle- Engineering ManagerGary_Wardle
Wardle has been promoted to Engineering Manager for Haws Emergency Equipment, Hydration/Brita® Professional and Haws Integrated product portfolios in North America. In his two and a half years at Haws, Wardle has demonstrated great strength in his technological problem-solving, planning abilities and oversight of complex projects with the Haws Integrated business.


Linda Lessnau- Supply Chain Manager
With over 20 years’ experience in a variety of supply chain functions including operations, procurement, manufacturing engineering and project management, and 8 years with Haws, Lessnau has been promoted to Supply Chain Manager- Center of Excellence for Traynor Family Enterprise. In her new position, she has been tasked with managing the coordination and monitoring of goods and materials from suppliers to customer.



Haws Employees Continue Quarterly Fundraising for Local SPCA

Haws volunteers and CEO presented the local SPCA with employee raised funds on September 30 at the Haws offices.

During the second quarter of 2015, Haws employees hosted multiple fundraisers to raise over $5,800 for the SPCA of Northern Nevada. Recently, Haws volunteers ceremoniously presented the SPCA with their donation at Haws headquarters.

Left to right: Sean Farnan, Charlene Hadwin, Tom White, Kevin Traynor, and John Parento.

The SPCA charity was selected as one of four charities that employees would support during the year. Charities are nominated and voted on every other year and an internal volunteer group develops creative fundraising efforts to engage and incentivize fellow employees to donate.  Haws employees have already donated over $20k this year. Other charities include the Food Bank of Northern Nevada, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, ALS, Veteran’s Guest House and more. The SPCA relies solely on donations from our community.

If you would like to make a one-time, monthly or yearly donation, please visit spcanevada.org or call 775-324-7773 x204. The shelter is always in need of dog and cat food, bleach, hand wipes, paper towels and other necessities.  A full list of items is available online.

About the SPCA of Northern Nevada

The SPCA, founded in 1998, is Reno’s original no-kill animal shelter. Our mission is to be an innovative regional leader in responsible treatment of homeless dogs and cats, primarily through their rescue and placement in forever loving homes and by promoting spaying and neutering to control pet overpopulation. We accomplish our mission with dedication to our core values and a lifetime commitment to our animals.

About Haws®

For more than 100 years, Haws, A Traynor Family Enterprise, has been committed to inventing, designing and manufacturing hydration products as well as standardized and customized emergency response products. With more than 8,000 distribution locations and 250 employees worldwide, we continually focus on quality, service, reliability and complete solution support. Headquartered in Sparks, Nevada, USA, Haws is globally represented with locations in Switzerland, Singapore, China, India and Brazil. For more information on Haws, please visit www.Hawsco.com.

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