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In Memoriam – Dan Stathatos

Swiss Grill Announces U.S. Corporate Restructuring

OW Lee Introduces the New Bellini Collection



In Memoriam – Dan Stathatos

Stats Home Decorative Center, Pasadena, California


Dan Stathatos (right) and his wife Beatrice are pictured in an archival family photo.
Dan Stathy Stathatos, a Greek immigrant’s son who founded Pasadena’s iconic Stats Home Decorative Center, died on the Fourth of July, 2015 at his home in San Marino, California. He was 91 years old.

The family announced that services will be held at Saint Sophia Cathedral in Los Angeles at 11 am on Friday, July 10.

In his last days, as in the rest of his life, Stathatos was surrounded by friends and family who loved him. To the end, he demonstrated his great determination to live a full and wonderful life, according to those who knew him.

Stathatos was born on November 25, 1923 in Los Angeles, California, to Dionysios and Diamondo Stathatos. His father was an immigrant who sold flowers at the downtown Los Angeles flower market and later set up a flower store in 1910 that later became Broadway Florist.

At the age of 17, Dan Stathatos was forced to take over his family’s business shortly after graduating from high school when his father died. He had to abandon his plans to pursue a career in architecture.

Stathatos met Beatrice Laura Teresi and married her in 1950. They had four sons, Dan Steven Stathatos, Philip James Stathatos, Michael David Stathatos and Damon James Stathatos. The growing family later moved to San Marino.

Together with his only brother, Savas Jerry Stathatos, Dan ran and operated the Broadway Florist, which continued to flourish under their charge, becoming the largest flower store operation west of the Mississippi.

In 1962, Dan Stathatos left the fresh flower business to his brother and opened a store called Stats Floral Supply at 120 S Raymond Avenue in Pasadena. The store in the beginning was tailored toward wholesale and retail florist supplies. Over time, it grew into what it is now today – Stats Home Decorative Center, sometimes referred to as the Disneyland of Christmas and seasonal supplies in Pasadena.

Along the way, Stathatos acquired Fishbecks Patio Center just next door. Now, Stats occupies a 32,000-sq.-ft. area on its original location. The store now has three specialty shops – the Old Town Shaving Company, Bea’s Knees Wine, Cheese and Gifts, and Sierra Madre Sawing and Milling. His son, Damon James Stathos, is running the center as general manager.

Dan Stathatos is survived by his loving sons and their wives, his nine grandchildren – Mary, Damon, James, Laura, Michele, Nicole, Dan, Sean and Suzanne – and his two great-grandchildren, Beatrice and Charles.

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Swiss Grill Announces U.S. Corporate Restructuring

Swiss Grill is implementing a new strategic plan to restructure its U.S. business that will ensure significant improvements in the company’s operating model. The plan is designed to enhance the customer experience and provide a more efficient and robust platform to build upon. The new structure will accelerate innovation and enable a more effective go-to-market strategy for its Distribution and Dealership customers.

As part of the restructure, a new North American headquarters has been opened in Hendersonville, North Carolina, and is fully operational as of July 7. Swiss Grill stands behind all of its products. All enquiries should be directed to the new toll-free telephone number (844) 794-7744.

Swiss Grill CEO Andy Parry said, “I am pleased to announce the changes in our corporate management team. These changes are aimed at improving our development and delivery of all the Swiss Grill products.” Andy Parry assumes the role of CEO; Roy Bryan is the COO, and Ken Warren will oversee Marketing and Sales in North America.

Roy Bryan further added that, “The North American market is key to the success of Swiss Grill, and establishing the right operating platform is critical to successfully executing our strategy. I am confident that our plan will deliver great service to our channel partners and customers, and enable a quick turn-around to drive long-term growth and profitability.

“Ken Warren and the Repcorps team have served us well in North America, and our new structure will add the depth and support they need to ensure our partners and customers get world-class service.”

Under the leadership of Andy Parry and Roy Bryan, the business will now focus on delivering on three specific areas to enhance its U.S. operation immediately and in preparation for the 2016 season.

1. Opening of a new North American headquarters in Hendersonville, North Carolina, to include a support warehouse to fulfill deployment of accessories, spares, covers, refrigeration, brochures and marketing collateral, i.e., merchandising units, totems etc.

2. August 2015 re-launch of a new Global website – to feature a new dealer log-in facility for extended product information to include technical data and enhanced image libraries.

3. An Early-Buy program with guaranteed delivery dates and back-up inventory to help keep dealers well supplied in a timely manner.

The restructuring plan is expected to be substantially complete by the end of July 2015, and Swiss Grill looks forward to providing more information on the company’s future direction over the coming months.

About Swiss Grill. Swiss Grill is a leading provider of gas grills. With almost 30 years of experience, Swiss Grill Barbecues & Accessories are the exciting marriage of classic Swiss style and quality partnered with a real passion for outdoor cooking and living life fully.

Our grills have to be robust and expertly made to deliver the ultimate cooking experience demanded by seasoned BBQ grillers, but they are also classically styled, easy to assemble, easy to use, easy to clean, and complement any outdoor space beautifully.

You don’t have to be an expert to use a Swiss Grill, but all your friends and family will think you are when they see and taste the great food you produce using your Swiss Grill.

Swiss Grill Gas Barbecues are constructed from high-quality materials with an emphasis on top quality stainless steel, so you can be confident they are designed to last and deliver true value for the money.

Contact Ken Warren at (844) 794-7744 or write to ken@swissgrill.com.

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OW Lee Introduces the New Bellini Collection

OW Lee, a manufacturer of high-end outdoor furniture, fire pits, and accessories located in Ontario, California, has introduced its new Bellini collection. Bellini brings family-style seating with a warm and relaxed Italian flair to the outdoors.

Bellini's design was inspired by Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835), a renowned 19th century Italian opera composer. He was famous for long, flowing melodies. The Bellini collection strives to re-create this in the majestic flowing lines of a whimsical Italian-style, wrought-iron collection. Bellini is substantial and sturdy, yet comforting and beautiful with sweeping curves, hand-forged scrolls and the added details of twisted accents and a decorative medallion.

The attention to detail on the Bellini collection’s deep seating is paired with comfort using OW Lee’s popular pillow-back cushion with the new “Plush Comfort” seat cushions. With the addition of a backless dining bench and side chairs, Bellini is perfect for family get-togethers whether big or small.

“The Bellini collection provides a look for those looking for a traditional wrought-iron style with an Italian inspiration. The artistry involved in producing a group like Bellini is at the core of what we at OW Lee do best,” said Paul Rogers, director of Product Development for OW Lee. The Bellini collection includes dining, deep seating and lounge pieces in 12 frame finishes and over 75 stock Sunbrella fabrics.
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