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This excerpt taken from the SUMR 8-K filed Sep 5, 2006.

Management

Summer is lead by an experienced management team with significant experience in the juvenile products industry:

Jason P. Macari, President, Founder and Principal Owner. Mr. Macari, the founder of Summer Infant, Inc., has more than 20 years of industry experience. Prior to his purchase of Summer in 2001, Mr. Macari was Vice President of Product Development and General Manager of Safety 1st, Inc., a leading manufacturer of safety and baby products from August 1994 to June 2001. At Safety 1st, Mr. Macari was responsible for the development of all products as well as manufacturing support and sourcing; functional areas of responsibility included Engineering, R&D, Marketing, QA, Operations, Sales, and HR. From May 1988 to August 1994, Mr. Macari managed the manufacturing engineering group of the Davol Division of CR Bard, a manufacturer of surgical products, and in such capacity was responsible for the transition of new products to production as well as the engineering support to 3 manufacturing facilities located in Rhode Island, Kansas and Mexico. From May 1984 to May 1988, Mr. Macari was employed as project engineer at Hasbro, Inc., the world’s second largest toy manufacturer, and in such capacity Mr. Macari led the product teams as project engineer to design and deliver new boys toys for ages 5 to 12. Mr. Macari is a graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (BS Mechanical Engineering) and a graduate of Bryant College (MBA).

Steven Gibree, Owner and EVP Product Development. Mr. Gibree is Summer’s Executive Vice President of Product Development with management oversight of research and development, product design and engineering and manufacturing relations. Prior to being recruited to Summer, in November 2001, Mr. Gibree was the Vice President of Engineering for Little Kids, Inc., a manufacturer of innovative toys, from March 2001 to November 2001. From May 1997 to March 2001. Mr. Gibree was Director of Engineering at Safety 1st, Inc. From May 1985 to May 1997, Mr. Gibree was employed by Hasbro, rising to Project Manager for the Kid Dimension Division. Mr. Gibree is a graduate of the Hall Institute of Technology.

Joseph Driscoll, Chief Financial Officer. It is anticipated that Mr. Driscoll will become Chief Financial Officer of Summer in September 2006. From May 2001 to the present, Mr. Driscoll was employed as Vice President of Finance and later served as Chief Financial Officer for ACT Electronics, Inc., an electronics manufacturer. From May 2000 to May 2001, Mr. Driscoll was employed as Vice President of Finance for PCI, an internet based marketing services company. From April 1997 to May 2000, Mr. Driscoll was employed as Vice President of Finance and later served as Chief Financial Officer for Safety 1st, Inc. From September 1993 to April 1997, Mr. Driscoll was employed as Assistant Corporate Controller and later served as Director of Financial Reporting for Staples, Inc. From July 1986 to February 1992, Mr. Driscoll was employed as an Audit Manager for KPMG Peat Marwick. From February 1992 to September 1993, Mr. Driscoll was employed as Corporate Controller for E-II Holdings, Inc., an international consumer products company.

 

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Rachelle Harel, SIE Managing Director of European Operations. Ms. Harel joined SIE in September 2002 and is responsible for starting Summer’s sales and distribution operation in the UK and Europe. Based in the U.K., Ms. Harel has more than 20 years of experience in the U.K. juvenile market, including product safety, retailing, and product development. From August 1999 to September 2002, Ms. Harel was employed as Vice President of Product Development for Dorel Europe Ltd., a manufacturer of juvenile consumer products. From June 1995 to August 1999, Ms. Harel was employed as a Director at Quality Management Solutions, a consulting company that provided safety and quality control consulting services to small manufacturers. From February 1990 to June 1995, Ms. Harel was employed as Quality Manager at Mothercare plc, a British retail chain specializing in the juvenile market. From November 1985 to February 1990, Ms. Harel was employed as a Team Leader at SGS Testing Laboratory, a consumer testing laboratory providing testing and certification services.

Brian Sundberg, VP Research and Development. Mr. Sundberg joined Summer in September 2004 as Vice President of Research and Development. His responsibilities include product conceptualization, development as well as industrial design management for new product lines and product line extensions. In October 2001, Mr. Sundberg founded his own company, Integrity Product Development, a consulting company that specialized in identifying and designing new products in the juvenile, medical, architectural lighting and giftware industries. From September 1991 to October 2001, Mr. Sundberg was employed at Safety 1st, Inc., where he held the titles of Senior Designer, Design Director and Vice President of Research and Development. From 1984 through 1991, Mr. Sundberg was employed first as a staff designer and then later as a senior designer for Marketing/Design Consultants, Inc. a consulting company that provided industrial and graphic design services to small manufacturing companies.

William L. Bassett, Vice President Sales. Mr. Bassett joined Summer in June 2003 as Director of Sales and was promoted to Vice President Sales in September 2005. His responsibilities include managing Summer’s sales efforts primarily in the U.S and Canada. He is responsible for Summer’s major retail relationships. From April 2001 to May 2003, Mr. Bassett was employed as Sales Director for Dorel Juvenile Group. While matriculating to obtain his MBA at Xavier University, Mr. Bassett was employed as a sales representative fro Papel Giftware from August 2000 to April 2001. From September 1998 to August 2000 Mr. Bassett was employed as a Director and National Sales Manager for Galerie au Chocolat, and managed all Galerie’s sales efforts in the US and internationally. From September 1996 to September 1998, Mr. Bassett was employed as a National Sales Manager for Dolly, Inc. From October 1988 to September 1996, Mr. Bassett was employed as Regional Sales Manager for Gibson Greetings, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of greeting cards, paper party goods and related specialty products. From September 1986 to October 1988 Mr. Bassett was employed as a Store Manager and Buyer for Juvenile Stores, Inc.

 

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Anthony A. Paolo, Vice President Quality Assurance. Mr. Paolo joined Summer in March 2005 as Vice President Operations and Quality Assurance. His responsibilities include management of Summer’s worldwide supply chain, including purchasing, planning and distribution. He is also responsible for product safety and quality. From May 1996 to October 2004, Mr. Paolo held the position of Vice President of Corporate Quality at The First Years, Inc., a manufacturer and designer of juvenile products. From March 1993 to May 1996, Mr. Paolo was employed as an engineer at Davol, Inc., a subsidiary of CR Bard, a medical device manufacturer. From March 1988 to March 1993, Mr. Paolo was employed at GTE Government Systems, a government manufacturer contractor of telecommunications equipment. Mr. Paolo was employed at Raytheon Company, a government defense manufacturing contractor from August 1985 to March 1988.

Mark Gorton, Vice President Finance and I.T. Mr. Gorton joined Summer in August 2003 as financial controller. Mr. Gorton is now the Vice President of Finance at Summer and is responsible for all accounting and financial matters of Summer’s business, including the generation of financial reporting, bank relations, accounting firm relations and relationships with Summer’s other financial services providers. He is also responsible for the Company’s information technology and communication systems. From May 2001 to August 2003, Mr. Gorton was the Accounting Manager for the Outsource Services Division of Trammell Crow Company, a property management and corporate services company. Mr. Gorton was employed from May 1993 to May 2001 as Financial Controller at Action Automation and Controls, Inc., a distributor and manufacturer of custom automation equipment.

This excerpt taken from the SUMR DEFA14A filed Sep 5, 2006.

Management

Summer is lead by an experienced management team with significant experience in the juvenile products industry:

Jason P. Macari, President, Founder and Principal Owner. Mr. Macari, the founder of Summer Infant, Inc., has more than 20 years of industry experience. Prior to his purchase of Summer in 2001, Mr. Macari was Vice President of Product Development and General Manager of Safety 1st, Inc., a leading manufacturer of safety and baby products from August 1994 to June 2001. At Safety 1st, Mr. Macari was responsible for the development of all products as well as manufacturing support and sourcing; functional areas of responsibility included Engineering, R&D, Marketing, QA, Operations, Sales, and HR. From May 1988 to August 1994, Mr. Macari managed the manufacturing engineering group of the Davol Division of CR Bard, a manufacturer of surgical products, and in such capacity was responsible for the transition of new products to production as well as the engineering support to 3 manufacturing facilities located in Rhode Island, Kansas and Mexico. From May 1984 to May 1988, Mr. Macari was employed as project engineer at Hasbro, Inc., the world’s second largest toy manufacturer, and in such capacity Mr. Macari led the product teams as project engineer to design and deliver new boys toys for ages 5 to 12. Mr. Macari is a graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (BS Mechanical Engineering) and a graduate of Bryant College (MBA).

Steven Gibree, Owner and EVP Product Development. Mr. Gibree is Summer’s Executive Vice President of Product Development with management oversight of research and development, product design and engineering and manufacturing relations. Prior to being recruited to Summer, in November 2001, Mr. Gibree was the Vice President of Engineering for Little Kids, Inc., a manufacturer of innovative toys, from March 2001 to November 2001. From May 1997 to March 2001. Mr. Gibree was Director of Engineering at Safety 1st, Inc. From May 1985 to May 1997, Mr. Gibree was employed by Hasbro, rising to Project Manager for the Kid Dimension Division. Mr. Gibree is a graduate of the Hall Institute of Technology.

Joseph Driscoll, Chief Financial Officer. It is anticipated that Mr. Driscoll will become Chief Financial Officer of Summer in September 2006. From May 2001 to the present, Mr. Driscoll was employed as Vice President of Finance and later served as Chief Financial Officer for ACT Electronics, Inc., an electronics manufacturer. From May 2000 to May 2001, Mr. Driscoll was employed as Vice President of Finance for PCI, an internet based marketing services company. From April 1997 to May 2000, Mr. Driscoll was employed as Vice President of Finance and later served as Chief Financial Officer for Safety 1st, Inc. From September 1993 to April 1997, Mr. Driscoll was employed as Assistant Corporate Controller and later served as Director of Financial Reporting for Staples, Inc. From July 1986 to February 1992, Mr. Driscoll was employed as an Audit Manager for KPMG Peat Marwick. From February 1992 to September 1993, Mr. Driscoll was employed as Corporate Controller for E-II Holdings, Inc., an international consumer products company.

 

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Rachelle Harel, SIE Managing Director of European Operations. Ms. Harel joined SIE in September 2002 and is responsible for starting Summer’s sales and distribution operation in the UK and Europe. Based in the U.K., Ms. Harel has more than 20 years of experience in the U.K. juvenile market, including product safety, retailing, and product development. From August 1999 to September 2002, Ms. Harel was employed as Vice President of Product Development for Dorel Europe Ltd., a manufacturer of juvenile consumer products. From June 1995 to August 1999, Ms. Harel was employed as a Director at Quality Management Solutions, a consulting company that provided safety and quality control consulting services to small manufacturers. From February 1990 to June 1995, Ms. Harel was employed as Quality Manager at Mothercare plc, a British retail chain specializing in the juvenile market. From November 1985 to February 1990, Ms. Harel was employed as a Team Leader at SGS Testing Laboratory, a consumer testing laboratory providing testing and certification services.

Brian Sundberg, VP Research and Development. Mr. Sundberg joined Summer in September 2004 as Vice President of Research and Development. His responsibilities include product conceptualization, development as well as industrial design management for new product lines and product line extensions. In October 2001, Mr. Sundberg founded his own company, Integrity Product Development, a consulting company that specialized in identifying and designing new products in the juvenile, medical, architectural lighting and giftware industries. From September 1991 to October 2001, Mr. Sundberg was employed at Safety 1st, Inc., where he held the titles of Senior Designer, Design Director and Vice President of Research and Development. From 1984 through 1991, Mr. Sundberg was employed first as a staff designer and then later as a senior designer for Marketing/Design Consultants, Inc. a consulting company that provided industrial and graphic design services to small manufacturing companies.

William L. Bassett, Vice President Sales. Mr. Bassett joined Summer in June 2003 as Director of Sales and was promoted to Vice President Sales in September 2005. His responsibilities include managing Summer’s sales efforts primarily in the U.S and Canada. He is responsible for Summer’s major retail relationships. From April 2001 to May 2003, Mr. Bassett was employed as Sales Director for Dorel Juvenile Group. While matriculating to obtain his MBA at Xavier University, Mr. Bassett was employed as a sales representative fro Papel Giftware from August 2000 to April 2001. From September 1998 to August 2000 Mr. Bassett was employed as a Director and National Sales Manager for Galerie au Chocolat, and managed all Galerie’s sales efforts in the US and internationally. From September 1996 to September 1998, Mr. Bassett was employed as a National Sales Manager for Dolly, Inc. From October 1988 to September 1996, Mr. Bassett was employed as Regional Sales Manager for Gibson Greetings, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of greeting cards, paper party goods and related specialty products. From September 1986 to October 1988 Mr. Bassett was employed as a Store Manager and Buyer for Juvenile Stores, Inc.

 

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Anthony A. Paolo, Vice President Quality Assurance. Mr. Paolo joined Summer in March 2005 as Vice President Operations and Quality Assurance. His responsibilities include management of Summer’s worldwide supply chain, including purchasing, planning and distribution. He is also responsible for product safety and quality. From May 1996 to October 2004, Mr. Paolo held the position of Vice President of Corporate Quality at The First Years, Inc., a manufacturer and designer of juvenile products. From March 1993 to May 1996, Mr. Paolo was employed as an engineer at Davol, Inc., a subsidiary of CR Bard, a medical device manufacturer. From March 1988 to March 1993, Mr. Paolo was employed at GTE Government Systems, a government manufacturer contractor of telecommunications equipment. Mr. Paolo was employed at Raytheon Company, a government defense manufacturing contractor from August 1985 to March 1988.

Mark Gorton, Vice President Finance and I.T. Mr. Gorton joined Summer in August 2003 as financial controller. Mr. Gorton is now the Vice President of Finance at Summer and is responsible for all accounting and financial matters of Summer’s business, including the generation of financial reporting, bank relations, accounting firm relations and relationships with Summer’s other financial services providers. He is also responsible for the Company’s information technology and communication systems. From May 2001 to August 2003, Mr. Gorton was the Accounting Manager for the Outsource Services Division of Trammell Crow Company, a property management and corporate services company. Mr. Gorton was employed from May 1993 to May 2001 as Financial Controller at Action Automation and Controls, Inc., a distributor and manufacturer of custom automation equipment.

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8-K
Sep 5, 2006
DEFA14A
Sep 5, 2006
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