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New Management Promotions

Henson Group Promotes Two Employees
to New Management Positions.

Sinking Spring, PA – June 14, 2011
Jeff Bowyer has been promoted to the position of National Wrestling Sales Manager for Brute Wrestling. Bowyer will be responsible for national wrestling sales and customer service including the development of sales strategies/ programs and team initiatives.

“In his new position, Jeff Bowyer will see increased involvement with the company’s key national wrestling accounts and customer base,” says John Purnell, CEO of Henson Group Sports. “Jeff Bowyer is well known and respected in the wrestling community. We look forward to his continued success in his new position,” says Purnell.

Bowyer, formerly Director of Sports Marketing and Events, has been instrumental in managing team sales and athletes for Henson’s sports. Additionally, Bowyer serves as Executive Director of the R.E.A.C.H.E.S. non-profit organization. R.E.A.C.H.E.S. (Rewarding Educational Athletic Choices Helping Each Sport) has allowed Henson to give back to communities, athletes and sports teams. As the Executive Director, Bowyer oversees all of R.E.A.C.H.E.S. national events including the Brute Nationals, which draws around 1400 wrestlers annually.

Bowyer has been involved in wrestling for over 25 years. Prior to joining Henson, he spent 5 years as the Director of Operations, Annual Giving, and Coaching Education at the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA). Preceding the NWCA, Bowyer served 15 years as the Head Wrestling Coach at James Madison University. During his time at James Madison, he successfully recruited 20 Academic All-Americans and 75 CAA Scholar Athletes which established JMU as one of the top 5 Academic wrestling teams in the nation as well as 29 individual NCAA Division I National qualifiers and one NCAA All-American. Due to his own wrestling prowess, Bowyer was inducted into the James Madison University Athletic Hall Of Fame in April 2000. His accomplishments as a wrestling competitor are too many to mention.

Shane Hollinger has been promoted to Apparel Product and Process Manager. Hollinger’s new job responsibilities will be to guide the organization’s apparel product development and manage the process of apparel development.

Hollinger has been promoted from Graphic Arts Manager where he has devoted 7 years to managing the sublimation department. Thanks to innovation within the sublimation department, Henson is the largest manufacturer of sublimated wrestling uniforms in the world, under the name BRUTE. “We plan to expand our product lines in the next few years and we are confident that Shane will be an important asset to help our organization reach its goals,” said Purnell. “One new change Shane will implement is the development of a Design Lab” states Purnell.

John Purnell commented, “We are thrilled to have Shane and Jeff move to new and greater roles within our company. They have both earned the opportunity and bring great vision and a high level of excitement to our management team.”

About Henson Group
Henson Group was founded in 1967, in Virginia, by retired U.S. Navy Captain Josiah Henson. Captain Henson was an Olympic bronze medalist in Freestyle wrestling in 1952 and the first American wrestler to beat a Russian at the Olympics. The company began as the first wrestling mail order business. John Purnell joined the company in 1975 and in 1977 became the President and majority owner. Shortly thereafter, Purnell moved the company to Reading, Pennsylvania to begin manufacturing wrestling uniforms under the brand name Brute Wrestling. At that time, the company began distributing through a network of sporting goods dealers. In 1989, a line of soccer uniforms was added under the name Liga Soccer. In 2003, the company product line was expanded to include custom uniforms for volleyball, softball and basketball under the brand name NeuEdge Sportswear. NeuEdge Sportswear quickly became one of the leading producers of custom sublimated team uniforms in the country. In 2010, Henson Group launched a lacrosse line under the brand Evolve Lacrosse. Additionally, Henson has manufactured for adidas for over 17 years for the sports of wrestling, lacrosse and field hockey.

Today Henson Group provides a complete line of top quality wrestling, lacrosse, softball, basketball and volleyball products and apparel to sporting goods dealers; amateur and professional athletic clubs and teams; and other buyers all over North America.

About Brute Wrestling
As the first U.S. company to sell wrestling products by mail order, Brute Wrestling originated in 1967 as the Henson Company, Inc. in the residence of its founder, Captain Josiah Henson. Today under the trade name, Brute Wrestling, the company continues to provide a complete line of top quality wrestling products and apparel to sporting goods dealers for amateur and professional athletic clubs and teams and buyers worldwide. For more information on Brute wrestling visit and follow Brute Wrestling on Facebook.