Ed Keough joined Futureguard in 2008 as VP of sales and marketing. His awning career began in 1994 as a regional salesman for Eastern Awning Systems where he progressed to National Sales Manager over 13 years. With extensive experience in the family hardware business, Ed is a hands-on, mechanically inclined person who likes to be involved in all aspects of the business. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Michaels College in VT.
Scott Massey, owner and president of Awning Cleaning Industries (ACI) of New Haven, CT, has over three decades of experience in the awning business, having started ACI in 1982 after working as an installer for a local awning dealer. A self-described “science nut” with great interest in physics, Mr. Massey attended college with the intention of having a career in aviation. A pilot’s license and membership in the Planetary Society notwithstanding, Mr. Massey is well grounded in his roles of Public and Consumer Relations Manager and Director of Operations at ACI. In addition to NECPA, Mr. Massey is also a member of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) and the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA).
Jim Newman has been with Bainbridge International since 2006 as a Sales Representative handling the marine canvas & awning industries. He started off his career in the textile industry in 1997 with Unitex. Jim is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island and presently resides in Lincoln, Rhode Island.
Tonya L. Ricketts is the owner and founder of the Canvas Lady, Warwick, RI. For over 15 years she has been creating custom canvas and upholstery products for boats, working in the boatyards of New England, racing sailboats with area yacht clubs and even living aboard various vessels! She has been active in the NECPA since 2002 and had various positions over the years on the board, including the role of President from 2010-2011. She loves teaching and promoting the canvas trade and is usually found at the yearly NECPA EXPO in front of a crowd doing what she loves! Ms. Ricketts holds a BFA from North Carolina School of the Arts, and also has an advanced canvas training certificate from the Marine Canvas Training Institute in FL. She also is active in her community as an adult leader with Sea Scouts Ship 1909 promoting and teaching seamanship to youths ages 14-18.
Stefanie Vanderbeck stands at the forefront of awning design and project management with a detailed understanding of the various manufacturing techniques. With 30 years of experience, she’s an industry expert who manages all facets of awning / canopy manufacturing from the intricate design concept through to installation.
Throughout her career, Stefanie has built a reputation for providing high quality, custom awnings with her strong project management skills and an impeccable eye for commercial and residential design. She knows what it takes to run a successful awning company, from OSHA compliance, to streamlining production in the factory and elevating sales.
For the past five years, Stefanie has been a board member of the North East Canvas Product Association (NECPA), where she leads seminars and connects with other experts in the field. She has also been a Certified Project Planner since 2005 through the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), and is an active member of the Professional Awning Member Association (PAMA).
Heidi began her career in international banking, bank operations and international consulting. She worked for the Bank of California, NY Edge, and Citigroup. In 1998 she joined Seafarer Canvas. She manages the NY shop and financial operations for the company. She has a BA in French Language and Literature from Boston University and a MBA in International Business from Baruch College.
Mike has dedicated his career to the industrial fabric industry. He has over 20 years’ experience with Weblon, Inc. in financial and management positions. Currently he is General Manager of Weblon Products in the Awning and Marine products division at Herculite Products in Emigsville, Pennsylvania. Mike is an active member of IFAI, PAMA, Marine Fabricators Assoc. and many IFAI affiliated regional zones. He currently serves as PAMA Chairman and a board member of Canvas Products Association Zone 7. Mike earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing from Pace University.
Sam Sloan is the President of Sloan Machinery Co and has been in the sewing machine industry for 45 years. He has been a member of NECPA since the mid 1990’s when the show was in Sturbridge, Ma.
Mr. Sloan’s experience has been an asset to the organization, creating solutions for members of NECPA in sewing techniques and equipment maintenance. He takes pride in pioneering the latest in sewing technology and the most up to date Machinery for the trade. He is happy to be a resource for the NECPA community.