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Brand & Oppenheimer promotes Gillcrist

Brand & Oppenheimer Co. said Tuesday that it appointed Lizz Gillcrist as Business Development and Marketing Manager for Protective Fabrics. Gillcrist was previously Product Specialist in the Advanced Concepts Group for Polartec. Red Bank, N.J.-based Brand & Oppenheimer, a supplier to the textile industry, is owned by company management and Praesidian Capital.


RED BANK, N.J. – August 19, 2014 – Brand & Oppenheimer Co., Inc. (“B&O”), a leading textile converter, announced today the appointment of Lizz Gillcrist as Business Development and Marketing Manager for Protective Fabrics.


Gillcrist comes to B&O with more than seven years of marketing and product management experience.  Most recently, she served as Product Specialist in the Advanced Concepts Group for Polartec, LLC in Lawrence, MA. Prior to that, Gillcrist worked for the Stride Rite Corporation.


“We are confident that Lizz’s brand management experience, enthusiasm and working knowledge of fabrics and garments will enable us to better serve our customers,” said Dan Pezold, President and CEO of B&O.


As the Business Development and Marketing Manager, Lizz will be responsible for creating new protective fabric segments, developing a plan to expand protective fabrics globally, as well as educating customers, distributors and end-users on Glen Guard® FR Hi Vis. products.


David Mackney, VP of Protective Fabrics, stated, “I am excited to add a talent like Lizz to the Protective Fabrics team. The energy and passion Lizz brings to the Company will be a key component of our future growth strategy.”


“We’re very pleased to have Lizz join B&O as Business Development and Marketing Manager,” stated Jon Mansfield, Partner of Praesidian Capital. “We appreciate her expertise and focus and know that both will be useful to help spearhead growth for B&O.”


About Brand & Oppenheimer Co., Inc.

Brand & Oppenheimer Co., Inc. is a supplier to the textile industry. Based in Red Bank, NJ, B&O has distinguished itself in the past two decades as a leader in textile conversion for the U.S. military.  The company’s principal owners are B&O management and Praesidian Capital. In January 2014, B&O acquired Performance Textiles, Inc.  B&O’s Performance Textile Division has operations in Duxbury, MA and Greensboro, NC and produces high performance fabrics engineered for a variety of uses. B&O specializes in providing textile solutions for market segments that include military, commercial, parachutes, medical and high-visibility FR work wear.


About Praesidian Capital

Praesidian Capital is an innovative private investment firm focused on providing senior and subordinated debt along with growth capital to private lower middle market businesses in the United States, United Kingdom and , Germany, and selectively in Northern Europe. Praesidian invests in established, small and mid-sized companies often in connection with a management for buyouts, recapitalizations or refinancings. Based in New York City with an office in London, Praesidian manages more than $900 million in committed capital. For more information, visit