PEOPLE - IMPORTS K MART NAMES PERSONNEL FOR VENTURE

PEOPLE - IMPORTS K MART NAMES PERSONNEL FOR VENTURE

K mart Corp., the world's second-largest retailer, announced Jack D. Guthrie will head the company's new venture to sell office supplies, furniture and business equipment.

K mart imports about 15 percent of the goods sold at K mart stores around the country.Mr. Guthrie, 27, currently is executive vice president at Builders Square, K mart's subsidiary in San Antonio, Calif. Mr. Guthrie has wide experience in buying, merchandising and operations, K mart said.

General merchandise manager will be Robert E. Stutz, who formerly held executive positions with Ole's in California and Homecrafters Warehouse Inc., in Birmingham, Ala. Mr. Stutz will oversee marketing and merchandising functions.

Director of operations will be Patrick M. Mattingly, a 15-year retail veteran with Builders Square and Handy Dan. Mr. Mattingly will guide operations, administration and personnel.

Advertising and sales promotion director will be R. Gene Cuthbertson, who held similar posts at Builders Square, Homecrafters and Handy Dan.

Mark Perry will buy office furniture, consumer electronics and other categories for the new venture. Mr. Perry is a 15-year veteran of the industry, with previous positions at NBI Inc., Boulder, Colo., and Stockwell & Binney Inc., San Bernardino, Calif.

James Reding will buy consumable office supplies, computer supplies and other categories. Mr. Reding has a seven-year background in the trade with Schiller & Smidt and Jewel Tea.

The yet unnamed venture involves a warehouse-type format being developed by Builders Square. It is intended to be a one-stop or one-call customer service center.

Tentative plans call for the first opening in early summer of this year. K mart is still considering potential real estate sites in major U.S. markets.

The venture is designed to compete with traditional office suppliers and catalog distributors in the $108 billion industry, K mart said.

Wegener to Head

Brokers' Group

NEW YORK - Paul Wegener, vice president of M.G. Maher & Co. of New Orleans was elected president of the National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America Inc. at the group's annual meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Mr. Wegener replaces Arthur J. Fritz, chairman of the board of the Fritz Cos. of San Francisco, who served as president of the brokers' association for the past two years. Mr. Fritz was elected chairman of the brokers' group.

Arthur L. Litman, president of Castelazo & Associates of Los Angeles, was elected vice president of the brokers association. Harold Brauner, president of Brauner International Corp. of New York, was elected treasurer, and William Ansley Jr., president of W.G. Carroll and Co. of Atlanta, was elected secretary.

Also, William St. John, president of W.R. Zanes & Co. of New Orleans, was named senior counselor. Mr. St. John is a past president of the organization.