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September 27, 2011
Window Coverings Industry Innovator joins the HomeRun Holdings Management Team

Gene Demestre has been named the Business Director – Commercial and Hospitality – for the QMotion™ division of the HomeRun Holdings Corporation effective immediately. Demestre was the president and CEO of Alkenz USA. “Gene is a welcome addition to our management team,” said Gordon J. Wuthrich, the Chief Operating Officer of HomeRun Holdings. “He was one of the first to recognize the potential for growth in the motorized shade category, and has a built a stellar reputation for his analytic abilities, attention to detail and dedication to customer service.”

Demestre began his career in the window coverings industry as a sales representative for VIMCO in 1981. Working his way through the ranks to National Sales Manager, then vice president of sales and ultimately as the president/owner. He subsequently sold the company to Lutron Electronics in 2000. In 2005, he launched G&G Window Coverings, a distribution company for non-solar screen fabrics and unique window covering products, and Alkenz USA, as president and CEO, overseeing day-to-day operations and business development in the U.S.

“I thrive on the challenges encountered while building a nascent organization into an industry mainstay,” said Demestre. “In the short time since QMotion motorized shades were introduced, they’ve garnered praise from experts throughout the window covering industry as the breakout product that has what it takes to grow the motorized shade category from a niche market to a mainstay in the industry. Especially for hospitality and commercial designers, who are discovering that QMotion Shades provide exciting new options that are both stylish and cost-effective.” Demestre will work from his office in Glen Allen, VA.

HomeRun Holdings Corporation, based in Pensacola, Florida, offers a broad assortment of home controls, garage door openers, access systems, and motorized window shades. Emanuel Mullet founded the company, formerly known as the Wayne-Dalton Corporation in the 1950’s.