Ellis Adds to its Sales Team

Posted January 14, 2016 at 7:57 pm

Ellis Corp., Itasca, IL, recently announced the appointment of two veteran sales professionals to its staff. The announcement was made by Ellis CEO Robert Fesmire Sr.

“As Ellis continues to experience unprecedented growth, it became apparent we would have to restructure our sales organization to keep pace with the speed of our development,” Fesmire said. “We are very pleased to have John Stokes and Carmen Coluccio join the Ellis team. They bring with them an impressive level of leadership experience, sales expertise and industry knowledge.”

Stokes was named vice president of sales and partner of Vega Systems USA. He has held sales positions of increasing responsibility since 1994, starting with a G.A. Braun Inc. distributor before joining the Braun staff as its regional sales manager in the Southeast. Before taking his new role with Ellis, he served as a regional vice president for JENSEN. Stokes said he was attracted to Ellis by the opportunity to work for a family-run operation and the challenge of taking the company to the next level.

Coluccio was appointed the Midwest director of regional sales. A Marine Corps veteran, his first job after his service was loading Ellis laundry equipment in Albany, NY. Learning the industry and advancing quickly in his 10-year tenure with the company, he then joined Five Star Laundry in Chicago and opened facilities in Orlando, FL; Hollywood, FL; and Dallas as the company’s vice president of operations. Coluccio also partnered with Gaylord Entertainment as its director of laundry and director of housekeeping. Most recently, he was JENSEN’s Midwest sales manager. Coluccio said he sees this move as a great opportunity to challenge himself as a professional and grow in his career.

“Both John and Carmen have a solid background in our industry and a history of proven accomplishments in sales,” Fesmire said. “We are pleased to welcome them to Ellis and look forward to our entire sales team growing stronger under their leadership.”