Modern Supply Promotes Debbie Johnson to Vice President

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Debbie Johnson, Modern Supply Vice President

Knoxville, Tennessee, July 9, 2012 —Modern Supply has announced that Debbie Johnson, former Sales Manager, has been promoted to Vice President. Modern Supply, a kitchen, bath, lighting and Rheem distributor, has seven locations including three showrooms across East Tennessee.

Debbie will continue to leverage her sales expertise to manage sales activities while expanding her role in long-range strategic planning and industry involvement. She will be working closely with Modern Supply’s Owner/CEO, Pace Robinson and President/COO, Dottie Ramsey.

“Debbie started with Modern Supply sixteen years ago and has more than proven herself as a dedicated, valuable employee,” states Pace Robinson, CEO. “Her proficiency in the kitchen, bath & lighting industry combined with construction knowledge is an asset in keeping our three showrooms current, training employees and working with customers. I am pleased that Debbie accepted the Vice President position.”

Beginning her career as Modern Supply’s credit manager, Debbie served in that role for five years before promoted to Sales Manager. As Sales Manager, Debbie has overseen both showroom consultants, outside sales representatives for all locations.

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Spring Maintenance Tips for Your AC

Spring has sprung, the grass is riz….remember that childhood poem? Spring is my fav time of the year. Everything is coming alive – fresh & new – and a needed dose of natural vitamin D!

Knoxville, TN Allergy Capital

Knoxville, TN ranks #1 as the U.S. allergy capital.

As much as I love spring, it brings a lot of sneezin’ and wheezin’. My home, Knoxville, Tennessee, is ranked the number one most challenging city to live in if you have allergies according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation’s 2012 ranking. Red, itchy eyes are not becoming to a fashionista.

My heating and air peeps at Modern Supply have a suggestion on fighting pollen and improving overall home air quality. Changing your HVAC air filters is a must-do! They should be changed every month. A dirty filter makes your system work harder and can potentially cause system problems. Yikes, air conditioner don’t fail me now!

Spring maintenance for your air system

Spring maintence for your air system helps to prevent break-downs.

Here’s a shocking statistic. EPA studies show that even in the smoggiest cities, the air inside most homes is usually at least ten times more polluted than the air outside. OMG how can this be?!

Energy efficient homes today are built as air-tight as possible. Super-duper for lower energy costs but traps airborne pollutants and bad guys such viruses, dust, dust mites, mold and mildew. These nasties are killin’ me!

Time to bring in the big guns!

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Rheem, residential & commercial heating & air experts.

There’s lotsa help to clear the air! Rheem Team germ fighters offer a line of indoor air quality products. It’s a dizzying list of stuff that can be added when installing or updating a Rheem system or other brands.

So don’t let your mascara run this season. Contact a Rheem contractor to do a spring air conditioning inspection and ask how to best improve your air quality. Don’t know one? You can find one through Rheem’s dealer locator.

And tell them….Millie sent you!

Modern's Millie Signature color

Modern Supply Wins WIT Marketing Award

Out-of-the-Box Marketing Concepts Appeal to Retail Consumers

Modern Supply Company, a kitchen, bath, lighting and HVAC distributor, has been selected as the overall winner for WIT & Company’s WHAM (WIT Honors Achievements in Marketing) marketing award for 2010 innovative marketing initiatives. WIT is a national member-owned organization of approximately one hundred independent plumbing, heating and cooling wholesale distributors. Modern Supply submitted entries in six categories including advertising & brand awareness for the creation of their fictional spokesperson Modern’s Millie.

Pace Robinson & Dottie Ramsey receive the WIT marketing award

Morris Cregger, WIT President; Pace Robinson, Modern Supply CEO; Sabrina Hawthorne, WIT Marketing Coordinator; Dottie Ramsey, Modern Supply President/COO

“We’re very excited to receive the WHAM Marketing award and to be recognized among our peers,” states Pace Robinson, Modern Supply CEO. “Modern Supply has implemented marketing programs that are unique to our industry. Our fictional spokesperson Modern’s Millie, was created to soften our wholesale image and better relate to today’s consumer market. We continue to expand our marketing efforts and incorporate Millie in most all aspects.”

“For all their hard work re-inventing their company’s brand in 2010 and beyond, Modern Supply definitely deserved to win this award,” Sabrina Hawthorne, WIT Marketing Coordinator, comments. “Their branding strategy is unique and creative… for this industry and overall.  When they introduced Millie to their market, they successfully implemented several out-of-the-box endeavors.  Congratulations, Modern Supply!”

The announcement was made at WIT’s 2011 Fall Networking Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana. The award included a professional photography and video shoot of Modern Supply’s Knoxville showroom and staff and was revealed at the meeting. View the video.

For updates – including product news and current trends – visit Modern Supply’s website,, as well as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

Modern Supply Adds KraftMaid to Their Cabinetry Lines

Modern Supply Company, a kitchen, bath and lighting distributor, has added KraftMaid to their line of cabinetry vendors. KraftMaid, with more than 40 years of experience, is one of the largest and most recognized brands of cabinetry for the home. KraftMaid Design Centers have been installed in Modern Supply’s Knoxville and Johnson City, Tennessee showrooms for selecting styles and finishes.KraftMaid Cabinetry

“We’re excited to add KraftMaid to our cabinetry mix,” states Pace Robinson, Modern Supply CEO. “KraftMaid is known for their quality and has established name recognition through their aggressive advertising. They offer 100% built-to-order cabinets without steep prices and extended lead times.”

KraftMaid Bath

Cabinetry adds storage & beauty to your bath.

KraftMaid kitchen

KraftMaid Maple Cabinets in Sage with Cocoa Glaze

KraftMaid’s collection of over 100 door styles and more than 45 furniture-quality finishes is backed by a limited lifetime warranty. Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, KraftMaid is manufactured by Masco Cabinetry and assembled in the United States. More about KraftMaid.

For more info on KraftMaid: 865.966.4567 Knoxville; 423.928.0302 or email: