Executive Committee Also Selects Kathy Fedman-Zalkin as Chief Marketing Officer 

Omaha, NE, August 7, 2016 – The North American Association of Uniform Manufacturers and Distributors (NAUMD) today announced the appointment of Steve Zalkin, formerly head of Alamar Uniforms, as its new President. Zalkin succeeds Neal Waters, who passed away last month after a brief battle with cancer. In addition, the association named Kathy Fedman-Zalkin Chief Marketing Officer. 

The hirings break new ground for the 84-year-old organization. Zalkin is the first dealer to lead the association as president; Fedman-Zalkin is the first women to assume a managerial role in its day-to-day operations.  

The husband and wife duo are no strangers to the uniform industry or NAUMD. Steve's involvement dates back to 1983, when he worked for Omaha-based Pioneer Uniforms. He launched Alamar Uniforms in 1987, and together with Kathy, grew the business into a successful regional entity before selling the stores in 2016. Steve was also active in a number of NAUMD committees, including the Dealer Distributor Committee, and served as Chairman from 2010-2012. Both were mainstays of the association's annual convention and trade exhibition.  

Steve and Kathy are a natural fit for NAUMD,” said Brian Garry, the association's current Chairman and head of the Executive Committee. “They bring years of business experience and industry know-how, and have a keen understanding of what works -and what doesn't - from a member perspective.

They've also built strong relationships, and that will be invaluable as NAUMD moves forward.” 

As former members, we understand the high expectations that come with paying dues. You want programs that grow your knowledge base to better run your business; you want to gain as much from the association as you can,” said Fedman-Zalkin. “Our job now is to get things for the association, to provide more value and build upon the initiatives started under Neal Waters and the Executive Committee.” 

Team Zalkin, as they affectionately refer to themselves, will spend their first days reacquainting themselves with programs, vendors and members.  They plan to share their evolving vision for the NAUMD by late Fall. “My management style isn't to 'shake things up',” noted Steve Zalkin. “I have an open door policy, and am always eager to sit down and talk with people to gain a better understanding of their needs.” 

Look for updates and a profile on Steve and Kathy Zalkin in an future issues of The Pulse, the association's weekly newsletter.Additional information can also be found on the NAUMD website, www.naumd.com 

About NAUMD

The North American Association of Uniform Manufacturers & Distributors (NAUMD) has served as the voice of the uniform and image apparel industries since 1933. Its 500+ members include manufacturers, designers, producers, and retailers of uniforms, as well as those who produce products and services for the industry at large. 

The NAUMD works to protect the interests of its members through a series of advocacy, education, and public relations campaigns intended to arm them with the tools needed to retain and capture business in a global economy. The association has authored a number of position papers and has an extensive library of information from which members can further their understanding of the uniform marketplace. NAUMD also host an annual convention and trade show where attendees can source products, learn about the latest trends, and gain practical, take-home knowledge to better run their business. 

You can learn more about the association and its programs by visiting www.naumd.com