ALM announces the loss of MIP’s Mark Mann

Mark Mann, MIP

Richmond, Ky., January 18, 2022 — We are sad to announce that one of our beloved Board members, Mark Mann, passed away on January 14.

“It is with a very heavy heart that MIP announces the passing of Mark Mann, Vice President of MIP’s USA Business Unit. Mark had been with MIP for 29 years,” said Gabriel Boardman, MIP Vice-President Product Development. “He was one of the people most closely associated with MIP and its success, and one of the first individuals whose name comes up whenever someone thinks of MIP. Many of us sought his industry expertise. We will miss an individual that was larger-than-life with his colorful anecdotes and stories. Mark leaves behind his wife Caroline, five children, and four grandchildren.”

ALM Board President Richard Bott shared condolences from the Board. “Mark was not only a knowledgeable and devoted Director on the ALM Board, but a valued colleague and friend. His insight, leadership, and friendship will be greatly missed by us all. Our prayers and support are with his lovely wife Caroline and the family he loved dearly.”

Mark’s involvement with ALM spans years of education, program development, and speaking engagements as a long-time supporter of ALM and our mission. 

“Mark’s passion was for people, and it was evident by the valued relationships he built with those he met,” said ALM Executive Director Linda Fairbanks. “Always someone that could be relied on for his expertise with textiles, his contribution to the betterment of our industry, and, most of all, his dynamic and uplifting spirit that inspired all who knew him. To say he will be missed greatly is a vast understatement.”

Mark’s friends and family with gather from 2-6 p.m. Saturday, January 22, at The Hitchin’ Post, 176 West Specht Road, San Antonio, Texas, to celebrate his life.


Tingue adds Matt Vacca to its Management Team

Matt Vacca

Tingue, Brown & Co. announced the addition of Matt Vacca to the management team of its Tingue division. Vacca will serve in a new role for the company as the National Accounts Manager.

Vacca has 17 years of experience in the laundry and textile industry. He cut his teeth as a route driver for Unifirst in New England before joining Tingue as a territory sales rep in South Florida. He returned to New England where he continued his success before being promoted to West Region Sales Manager based in Denver., Vacca now returns to Tingue from Standard Textile where he served as the New England Territory Sales Consultant.

Vacca is the son of the late Mike Vacca, who was a highly-revered Tingue sales representative in New England for 25 years, before his untimely death in 2002.

A 2004 graduate of Providence College, Vacca currently resides in Simsbury, Connecticut with his wife Joy and their three children.

Vacca states, “I’m thrilled to be rejoining Tingue as National Accounts Manager. The company that has meant so much to me and my family. “

Ty Acton, Tingue’s president, states, “Matt is back home where he belongs — with Tingue! Not only does he understand and fit with our great culture, he is a proven success with our company. The skills he added in his time away make him a perfect fit for this new role which will only strengthen our relationships with our largest customers.”

For more information or to reach Matt, visit the website.