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         Crosby’s Straightpoint adds
         Alex Hopper to Inside Sales                       Announcement of the Passing of
         Team                                               Mazzella Companies’ Bill Franz
           Portsmouth,  UK-based force  mea-    It is with a very heavy heart that
         surement equipment manufacturer       we  announce  the  passing of  long-
         Straightpoint (SP),  a Crosby Group   time Mazzella Companies’ employee
         company, has added Alex Hopper to its   Bill Franz, 61, of Medina, Ohio.
         inside sales team.                     Bill was an integral part of  the
           Hopper has relocated from Cheshire   company’s success  and spent 38
         in  England’s northwest  to the south   years in Cleveland  working in a
         coast, where her partner has taken an   variety of different roles—most re-
         in-service  degree placement with the   cently as the Vice President of Mar-
         Army. Further synergy with Crosby     keting. Bill was a beloved colleague
         and SP’s diverse range of load cells   and a very dear friend  to many in
         and other  technologies—the  military   the lifting and rigging industry.
         is just one end user marketplace that   He is a former Board Member and
         consumes its equipment—is in the fact   President of Associated Wire Rope
         that Hopper’s parents are also em-    Fabricators (AWRF).
         ployed in the lifting sector.          Bill will be remembered  by fam-
           Hopper,  who  will  be  based  at  the   ily, friends, and co-workers  for his
         company’s Havant, Hampshire facility,   love  of  traveling,  music,  sports,     Bill Franz
         joins Lauren Johnson, sales and cus-  and enjoying the company of his
         tomer support executive, in the inside   loved ones.  Bill is survived by his   Contributions can be made  in
         sales team, and reports to David Ayling,   wife Lynn, his daughter Ashley, his   Bill’s memory to:
         global  business development director   daughter Amanda, his  son  Adam   • Salvation Army
         for load monitoring solutions. She will   (Regional Sales Manager,  Mazzel-  • The Cleveland Browns Founda-
         principally  be  responsible  for  quoting   la Companies), and his  cherished   tion
         customers  for  new goods,  repairs  and   grandchildren  Braydon, Wilhelm,   • Hospice of Western Reserve (5705
         calibrations, in addition to dealing with   Cora, Maximus, and Colton.  Windfall Road, Medina, OH 44256).
         queries from the sales team.
           Hopper said: “Crosby SP was recom-  ries and other health-related practices.  that, the whole  team has made mov-
         mended to me and when I looked into   Hopper said: “The [NHS] role stands   ing companies and settling into a new
         the  company  it  represented  a  fit  with   me in good stead to be successful here.   part of the country much easier than it
         certain criteria I’m typically drawn to   Previously, I have worked in places   might have been.”
         in that it is a small team, with a big vi-  where it was a case of ‘every man for   She added: “I am excited and a little
         sion and active social media presence,   himself’ and employees felt like a num-  nervous; with both my parents in the
         which is deeply proud about a range of   ber. It is already evident that the envi-  industry  I think  I put more  pressure
         products.  The  move  represents  a  bril-  ronment at SP is very different; Lauren   on myself to learn everything quickly.
         liant opportunity to take my career in   has been a great teacher and extended   I just hope some of their skills and ex-
         a  different  direction—fittingly  down  a   to me patience and guidance. Beyond      continued on next page
         pathway already taken by my parents.
         As a child, I often spent time wandering
         around trade shows and in their offices.
         I guess there’s a sense of destiny about
         following in their footsteps somewhat.”
           Having previously been employed
         by the UK’s National Health Service
         (NHS) as practice manager, Hopper is
         looking to leverage transferable skills
         in business and staff management, and
      Looking for a product or service
         organization of employee rotas, for ex-
      related to wire rope and slings?
         ample. A multifaceted role saw her rep-
         resent patients in liaison with laborato-










                                            David Ayling, global business development director for load monitoring solutions, welcomes
                                            Alex Hopper to SP’s inside sales team.

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