Freestyle Photographic Supplies announced today the promotion of Gerald H. Karmele to the position of President & Chief Operating Officer. Karmele's tenure with Freestyle began in February, 2001, as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. "Gerry's new position is a reflection of his successful leadership over the past five years, during which time our organization has experienced tremendous growth and profitability. He has assembled a team of exceptional professionals in every area of the company, all contributing to the success of Freestyle's strategic commitment as the preeminent champion of black & white film and the darkroom," comments Lenore King, the company's CEO and co-owner. "Freestyle's successes refute the propaganda of the many naysayers who have signaled the death-knell for film and the darkroom. We have continued to prosper, thanks to successful partnerships with other like-minded individuals and organizations including manufacturers, our Advisory Board members, and especially our customers - schools, educators and creative photographers alike," says Karmele. "Our founders created a successful business model that has served us well for the past 60 years. We firmly believe it has even more relevance in the 21st century." Established in 1946, Freestyle Photographic Supplies is a leading international retail, mail order and internet provider of photographic cameras, equipment and supplies nationwide, as well as the exclusive United States distributor of Kentmere black and white photographic papers, Foma black and white photographic papers and films, Fotospeed specialty chemicals, Holga cameras and accessories, Cachet archival storage and presentation boxes, Image Mechanics fluid mount trays and Rollei/Maco black and white films.