Ver-Tex Bolsters Innovation at Boston Design Center

Innovation meets aesthetics at the Boston Design Center. With 350,000 square feet of home and contract showrooms, the Boston Design Center is the premier resource for industry professionals to generate ideas and find answers to every home design question imaginable.

Located at 1 Design Center Place in Boston, the Boston Design Center worked with Ver-Tex Shading Solutions and Lee Kennedy in 2016 to design and install approximately 500 Draper manual FlexShades throughout the center’s 350,000 square feet.

Designed specifically for institutional use and manufactured to endure the toughest conditions, the manual FlexShades offer an institutional-grade window shade with smooth and quiet operation, and independent control. These shades provide ease of use, longevity, and low maintenance for commercial facilities. Phifer SheerWeave fabrics were also selected to provide enhanced UV protection.

With more than 70 showrooms in the Boston Design Center, the manual FlexShades offer UV protection for the 1,200 luxury product lines that run the gamut from indoor to outdoor design, including fabrics, furniture, lighting, antiques, art, and kitchen and bath décor.

Due to unstable base install conditions with old concrete, Ver-Tex came up with a customized solution for the Boston Design Center using finished wood blocking. The white fascia and white painted wood blocking were paired with the standard Draper FlexShade clutch operated shades which used either 4400 (3% open) or 3500 (5% open) fabric in the color Greystone, depending on the orientation of the window.

The installation of the new shades during the center’s new window project also led to several other small fit-out projects within the building. Ver-Tex installed approximately a dozen smaller fit-outs through Lee Kennedy and some directly to the tenants to make the interior spaces suitable for occupation.

By partnering with Ver-Tex to provide the latest in manual shading solutions, the Boston Design Center will continue to be the ultimate destination for New England’s luxury design community.

Ver-Tex Adds Vice Presidents to Executive Team

New Senior-Level Hires Will Help Boost Growth

Ver-Tex Shading Solutions, the industry leader for design and installation of window treatments and construction specialties products, is excited to announce they’ve added three new executives to the Ver-Tex team: Gerry Riker will serve as Vice President of Construction Operations, Rick Kanaczet will serve as Vice President of Finance, and Jon Harrington will serve as Vice President of Sales.

With nearly 15 years of experience, Riker has a strong background in construction and project management. He previously owned a contracting business in Rhode Island, and was a project lead with one of the most preeminent general contractors in the Northeast. Riker managed all phases of construction, from budget to close out. In his new role with Ver-Tex, Riker will oversee and manage all aspects of Ver-Tex construction and operations. He is a resident of Marion, Massachusetts.

Kanaczet has worked in finance for more than 20 years. He worked previously as a senior finance executive instrumental in property consolidation, and as a chief financial officer, where he was crucial in designing and implementing new reporting and strategic plans for a large national maintenance company in its national expansion mode. In his new Ver-Tex role, Kanaczet will be directing and implementing finance, accounting, and strategic planning functions. Kanaczet is a Rhode Island native, and recently relocated to Foxborough, Massachusetts.

Harrington has worked in the construction industry for more than 15 years. Previously, he worked as a vice president for a remodeling company, and then joined Ver-Tex in 2007, where he has been vital to the Ver-Tex team as construction sales manager. In his new role, he will oversee all sales channels and marketing. He will create and implement sales strategy, and will handle all business development. Harrington resides in Taunton, Massachusetts.

All of the new executives will work closely with Ver-Tex’s recently appointed CEO and President, Brianna Goodwin. Goodwin says, “As we look to grow considerably in the next five years, adding three senior-level executives with experience in handling large-scale projects from start to finish is absolutely necessary. Jon, Gerry, and Rick all come from esteemed professional backgrounds, and their knowledge and experience will be vital to achieving our goals. We’re very excited to have them on our team!”