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ATI Adds New Operations Executive and Marketing Director

Apr 25, 2014

Laminate surface innovator ATI Decorative Laminates adds to its ranks this spring with the appointment of a new vice president of operations and a new marketing director.


Charles Walker has been named to the executive team as vice president of operations. In this role, Walker is responsible for company profitability, processes and management methods. He also manages the organization’s information technology and oversees the quality department.


Walker joined ATI in 2004 as IT manager, after earning a master’s in computer, information and network security from DePaul University. During his tenure, he expanded his role to head the quality department, where he led the company’s ISO 9001 certification efforts. By 2008, he was also managing the human resources department.


“We’re quite confident in Charles Walker’s abilities,” said ATI Decorative Laminates President Tara Burgio, “and pleased to promote him to vice president after ten years of service with the company.”


Walker holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from North Carolina State University and a bachelor’s degree in information technology from Guilford College.


Crystal Henson joins ATI as corporate marketing director, responsible for advertising, public relations, marketing communications, trade shows and social media. A recent transplant from California, Henson has spent the last 16 years in corporate and nonprofit marketing and publication roles.


“Crystal’s breadth of marketing experience will be a great asset to ATI,” said Burgio. “Her digital and Web background is particularly impressive.”


Prior to joining ATI, Henson was the marketing and publicity director for Kids Exclusive, an e-commerce site for children’s product deals based in Century City, Calif., where she built the brand from the ground up through customer outreach and digital marketing. Henson also served as the marketing director for Spec Ceramics, a commercial products distributor in Anaheim, Calif. During her tenure at Spec, she modernized the marketing operations with CRM software and designed the company’s 500-plus page website. Henson received her bachelor’s in business from California State University.


About ATI Decorative Laminates

ATI Decorative Laminates is the leader in innovative laminate surfaces for the hospitality, contract and retail markets. Based in Greensboro, N.C., ATI designs and manufactures wall coverings, ceiling tiles, backsplashes and trims in every substrate from thermoplastics and FRP to glass and wood. The company’s focus on leadership, customer service and cutting-edge technology earned it ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001 certifications. For more information, visit Connect with ATI via Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.