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LAVATEC hires laundry industry veteran

John Pabalan as new Regional Sales Manager

John Pabalan

October 14, 2020 – As part of an organizational restructuring aimed at strengthening its sales presence in North America, LAVATEC has hired John Pabalan as the new Regional Sales Manager for the Southeast. Based in Florida, he will report directly to Mark Thrasher, President and CEO.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged everyone involved in our industry, and it gave me an opportunity to reassess what we could do better,” stated Thrasher. “I determined that our sales territories needed to be reshaped so we can better service our customers. Hiring John is the first step in this new direction. I think his 23 years of experience in the commercial and industrial laundry industry will help us achieve our new set of goals.”

After serving his country during the Gulf War, Pabalan embarked on his career in the private sector. He spent 20 of the next 23 years at Kemco Systems, including the last 13 in various capacities. He began as a sales engineer in 1997 before joining American Laundry Systems in 2003 as the Vice President of Engineering. Pabalan says having earned a science degree in Engineering has helped at every level of his career. After he returned to Kemco in 2007 as a regional manager, he later earned promotion to leadership.

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