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EXPANDED RESPONSIBILITIES FOR MILANO HAT COMPANY'S STARNES Garland, Texas/new York — scott starnes has been named president of Milano Hat Company, parent company dorfman Pacifc announced this week. Former Milano Scott Starnes President richard Milano announced his retirement afer more than 25 years of service. starnes joined dorfman Pacifc in 2003 as vice president corporate sales afer 14 years in sales and management at Hatco. Managing several major national accounts, he quickly became dorfman Pacifc's top sales producer in 2005, while also serving as vice president of sales for Milano Hat Company (acquired by dorfman Pacifc in 2004). starnes was promoted to executive vice president of both dorfman and Milano in 2007 and remains head of dorfman's sales organization today. About Milano Hat Company: Te Milano Hat Company was founded in 1983 by John Milano, Sr. In 1984, the company entered into a licensing agreement with six-time World Champion cowboy Larry Mahan to market the fnest collection of Western headwear in the industry. In 1990, the company introduced the world to the Justin Authentic Western Headwear brand which has seen unprecedented growth since Dorfman Pacifc's acquisition of Milano in 2004. Dorfman/Milano recently acquired Biltmore Hat Company of Canada in 2011 and successfully integrated the handcrafed felt and straw dress hat factory into Milano's current state-of-the-art factory in Garland, Texas. (800) 325-4287; milanohats.com MICHAEL DvORAk jOINS RIOS OF MERCEDES TEAM Te Rios of Mercedes, Anderson Bean and Olathe Boot companies are pleased to announce that Michael dvorak has joined their management team. dvorak brings more than 20 years of experience building products and brands in the western industry to this dynamic company, and is excited at the prospect of having a new set of brands and high-quality american-made products to work with. Ceo Trainor evans notes, "Bringing Michael on our team is one of the most fall 2013 Michael Dvorak important additions we have made in recent memory. Te investments we have made in personnel and production position the company for continued success and future growth." (956) 975-993; riosofmercedesboots.com kEITH MUNDEE TAkES THE HELM AT AMERICAN HAT COMPANY BowIe, Texas — American Hat Company announces the appointment of keith Mundee to the position of president. Mundee began working for rocky Mountain Clothing Co. in 2000 as a sales representative, and rose through the ranks to end his tenure there as president of rMCC in 2010. Born and raised in Chino, Calif., he Keith Mundee owned and operated a ranch in southern California before selling it and moving to Idaho in 1997. Happily married to his wife, Terri, for 30 years, the Mundees have two daughters and four grandchildren, and now reside in Bowie, Texas. "I'm delighted to be with this highquality, fast-growing hat company," says Mundee. "Te legacy of this company — 98 years in the making — gives us a tremendous advantage on which to base and leverage our future growth." About American Hat Company: American Hat Company has been in business since 1915, and makes the fnest Western felt and straw hats available in the marketplace, all handmade in Bowie, Texas. American Hat Company is owned by Keith and Susan Maddox of Bowie. (800) 392-4197; americanhat.net Western & English Today 11

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