by Kim Robinson, director of sales, Takeuchi-US
There has been a lot of movement here at Takeuchi since the announcement of our new distribution facility. To keep it straight, check out the newest faces at Takeuchi, as well as the well-deserved promotions.
Steve DePriest is the new Southeast regional business manager as of last fall. Steve brings over 15 years of professional experience in construction equipment. His core responsibilities in the Southeast include managing dealer relationships, developing new and existing markets, assisting with inventories, and directing sales planning and program promotions. Steve resides in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Kent Cantrell was hired last fall as the new Western regional product manager. He will be responsible for all development and activity for equipment sales within the Western region. His primary responsibilities include product training for dealer sales staff, assisting with equipment demonstrations, interaction with end users, and supporting efforts in retailing, training and growing the Takeuchi business in his territory. Like Steve, Kent also has 15 years of experience in the construction equipment industry. He resides in Phoenix, Arizona.
Mark Barndollar was appointed as the new Northeast regional business manager in late February. Residing in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, Mark has many years of experience in the compact utility business and 20 years in the sales field. In his role, he is managing dealer relationships, developing new and existing markets, assisting with inventories, and directing sales planning and program promotions in the Northeast.
Dean Hoffman was appointed to Southeast product manager in late February after being with Takeuchi for six years as a regional service manager. Dean’s duties include all development and activity for dealer sales staff, assisting with equipment demonstrations, interaction with end users, and supporting efforts in retailing, training and growing the Takeuchi business in his territory.
Elise Garner joined the marketing department in March as a social media/creative design associate. In this brand-new role at Takeuchi, Elise is running and developing a social media campaign as well as other creative design tasks.
Paul Wade is the latest hire. Paul takes on the position of Midwest regional business manager at Takeuchi, effective as of April. Paul is responsible for managing dealer relationships, developing new and existing markets, assisting with inventories, and directing sales planning and program promotions in the Midwest region. Residing in Naperville, Illinois, Paul has nearly 20 years of experience in the sales and marketing fields.
In November, Takeuchi realigned their service department to provide the best technical service and warranty support to customers. As part of those changes, Tom Reichling assumed the Northwest regional service manager position, Gary Bryan moved to service support manager, and Joe Topia became the national service training manager.
Tom is responsible for the service and warranty support for the Midwest to the Northwest (Ohio and Alaska), which also includes Western Canada. Gary handles all of the Takeuchi service and warranty for their national accounts (United Rentals, Sunbelt Rentals, Hertz, and Neff Rentals). Joe’s responsibilities are to provide technical service training for all Takeuchi dealers.
Ron Snyder was appointed to the position of national service and warranty manager. His responsibilities include the entire service department, including four regional sales managers, one national service training manager, and one customer service support manager. Ron had been with Takeuchi for only seven months before the promotion and was with the Deutz Corporation for 17 years before coming to Takeuchi.
The parts department announced two promotions in February, with Bethany Klitzke moving to the role of national parts manager, and Scott Utzman taking on the newly created position of customer support manager. Bethany manages parts and attachment inventory, while Scott works closely with Takeuchi dealers to further relationships and gather key information on how the company can improve practices and better support the dealer’s business.
Robert Brooks and Chad Rackley changed to different regional service territories in late February. Robert is the Southwest regional service manager following his role in the Southeast, while Chad was promoted from the product support department to the position of Southeast regional service manager.
We welcome our new associates and congratulate them as well as everyone who received a promotion. While we are not yet done growing, we are excited to see what the future holds and know that you will all do a tremendous job here at Takeuchi.