NANO EXECUTIVES: Nano-Tex has added two positions to its management team to help bolster its research and development as well as brand-building capabilities. Kim Houchens was brought on board as chief technology officer. Most recently, she was director of technology and new product development in Omnova Solutions’ decorative products division. Mark Brutten has taken on the role of senior vice president of marketing. He was vice president at Addis, a brand strategy and design firm. Houchens and Brutten each report to chief executive officer Donn Tice. Nano-Tex, based in Emeryville, Calif., markets nanotechnology-based textile treatments that bring new properties to common fabrics.

LIM ANNIVERSARY: The Laboratory Institute of Merchandising will hold a series of lectures on Oct. 13 to celebrate the school’s 65th anniversary and to mark the opening of its newest location in Manhattan. State Sen. Liz Krueger will present LIM president Elizabeth S. Marcuse with a proclamation from the office of Mayor Bloomberg. A cocktail reception that evening at the college’s main campus eight blocks north at 12 East 53rd Street will honor the speakers (Stefani Greenfield, owner of Scoop; Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin, actors and owners of the Los Angeles boutique Belle Gray, and designer Carmen Marc Valvo, as well as Oleg Cassini). LIM is a four-year college known in the fashion industry for its programs in fashion merchandising, communications and retailing. The school was founded in 1939 by Maxwell F. Marcuse; its alumni have gone on to top positions at companies like Nautica, Donna Karan, and Liz Claiborne.

This story first appeared in the September 28, 2004 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.