Located just 16 miles north of Florida, there is a town that is truly one-of-a-kind. That town is Dothan, Alabama and within it lies something for everyone. Whether it be restaurants, shopping, art, or music, Dothan has it all. When visiting this city, you’re sure to find history, fun, and peanuts around every corner. That’s right peanuts! Did you know that about half of the United State’s peanuts come from within a 100-mile radius of Dothan? To celebrate this fact (and have a little fun), Dothan installed a whopping 31 peanut characters all over town. The peanuts have a variety of meanings, occupations, and outfits, sure to make you do a double take. The peanuts are just one example of the little surprises that Dothan has in store for you on your next trip.
After you’ve taken a tour to see the Dothan Peanuts, be sure to stop by the World’s Smallest City Block, but don’t blink! You might miss it. Afterward, check out the murals that paint the history of Dothan all around town. You’ll find beautiful paintings dedicated to Ray Charles, Johnny Mack Brown, and Sherman Rose, one of the Tuskegee Airmen. Don’t forget to stop by The Salute to the Peanut Industry mural, Dothan’s first and largest historical painting. After you take in all the incredible art the city has to offer, find your inner zen at the Dothan Area Botanical Gardens. You’ll love strolling through the lush gardens and be sure to bring a padlock to fasten on the Lock Gate! For your last stop, you’ll be nearing happy hour, so it’s the perfect chance to visit Dothan’s microbrewery, Folklore Brewing & Meadery. Grab a beer, wind down, and maybe play a game of human Foosball while you’re there.
Jim Ashmore is planning on taking Twitchell Fabrics to the next level
From there, he went on to work with Rising Sun in Basalt, CO as a Senior Lighting Designer and then spent eleven years with architectural roller shade pioneer, MechoShade. He also spent time at Legrand Solarfective, Lightolier, and Holophane, all adding up to his over 35 years of experience in lighting design, daylighting design, and sales management.
Jim not only has the experience, but he also has awards to back up his notable resume. He is the recipient of multiple lighting design awards including the Edwin F. Guth International Lighting Design Award of Merit presented by the Illuminating Engineering Society.
Jim says what excites him the most about the future of Twitchell is the fact that “Twitchell is an extremely versatile company offering woven products only limited by one’s imagination.”
Gene Demestre is planning on shaking up sales at Twitchell
After selling his company, he went on to work for a number of companies in the interior shading industry, all the while achieving impressive feats like owning three of his own patents.
His impressive work history speaks for itself. Gene not only owned Vimco for 19 years, but he also established Alkenz Fabrics in 2011, served as the VP of Sales and Marketing for QMotion, and was the VP of Business Development for Legrand Shading until 2018. Now, as the new VP of Sales for Solar Protection, Gene says he is most excited for “the numerous opportunities that exist to drive our products into different channels."
John Hoyt is bringing something new to the table for Twitchell in 2019
John attended the University of West Florida where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Marketing/ Sales Management. John began his career at a startup company called QMotion Advanced Solar Shading based in Pensacola, FL. QMotion specialized in manufacturing motorized window treatments and it was there John began his journey an inside sales representative for the company. He then moved into a Customer Service Manager role, where he was tasked in developing and building the company's first Customer Service department. Under John’s supervision, the department was awarded as a Gold Star recipient for Outstanding Customer Service in the industry voted on by industry professionals.
After 3 years of service and success in the department, he was then granted an opportunity to move into a Territory Sales Manager position where he helped grow QMotion into the 2nd largest residential motorized window treatment company in the CEDIA industry within 5 years in the territory.
John then expanded his role in the AV industry after Qmotion was acquired by Legrand by representing Vantage Lighting Controls, adding Home Automation and Lighting Control to his area of expertise alongside automated roller shades. Altogether, he brings over 8 years of success and experience selling technical products to the table. John currently resides in Atlanta, GA where his hobbies include playing baseball, golf, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Eric joined Twitchell in December of 2015 and just had his 4 year anniversary as Regional Sales Manager West Coast. Eric currently resides in San Diego, CA where his hobbies include playing golf, ocean fishing, barbecuing and spending time with family and friends.