FULLERTON, Calif.—Yokohama Tire Corp. has made key changes to its consumer sales division, including adding a sales zone covering the central part of the U.S. and making organizational moves that are designed to service dealers strategically.
“The geographical reorganization offers the best utilization of our resources and moves us closer to our dealers in order to better support them,” said Dan King, Yokohama senior vice president of sales and marketing.
Yokohama previously had three geographical sales zones, with the Central Zone being added as a fourth, said Kevin Rogers, a 12-year Yokohama veteran, who was promoted from account manager to Central Zone manager.
Yokohama said other organizational changes include newly configured South and Eastern Zones, which will be led by existing zone managers Mike Mock and Bryant Rankin, respectively. The Western Zone remains unchanged and is managed by Matt Burrows.
IMT taps Johnson for manager post
GARNER, Iowa—Iowa Mold Tooling Co. Inc. (IMT) has promoted Laurie Johnson to the position of customer support manager.
IMT said Ms. Johnson most recently served as the company's manager of global procurement and supply chain and has worked at IMT for more than 13 years.
Ms. Johnson's responsibilities will include overseeing the company's marketing efforts, along with the customer support team, which consists of customer service, order entry and master scheduling.
CMA names NE, SE sales mgrs.
MONROVIA, Calif.—China Manufacturers Alliance L.L.C. (CMA) has appointed Valentino Faraone as northeast regional sales manager for Double Coin tires and named Pete Salvan as southwest regional sales manager.
Mr. Faraone's most recent position was with Action Tire Services of Maspeth, N.Y., as regional sales manager, where he provided solution-based expertise to commercial accounts, CMA said. He also previously worked in commercial product sales for Michelin North America Inc.
Mr. Salvan began his tire industry career in 2008 with Michelin North America Inc. as a territory manager in the commercial sales division, which then led to his promotion as new employee field trainer three years later.
In his new post, Mr. Salvan will be responsible for Double Coin Tire sales in Arizona, California, Nevada and New Mexico.
CMA is a subsidiary of China's Double Coin Holdings Ltd.
Jones takes new post at JohnDow
BARBERTON, Ohio—JohnDow Industries, a manufacturer of automotive shop equipment and supplies, has named Ed Jones to the newly created position of director of wheel service products.
JohnDow said Mr. Jones is regarded as one of the leading tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) trainers nationwide and is a Tire Industry Association Automotive Tire Service Advanced Instructor. He has 17 years experience in the tire repair industry, with the last six years working in the TPMS market.
Previously, Mr. Jones was national sales manager-south with Bartec USA, regional sales manager with Dill Air Control Products and held positions with Arrow Pneumatics, Schrader-Bridgeport International Inc. and Genuine Parts Co.
Vogue appoints two as sales VPs
MT. PROSPECT, Ill.—Vogue Tyre & Rubber Co. has made two executive appointments to the vice president of sales posts.
The marketer of custom-built tires since 1914 said Dale Noe has joined the company as vice president of sales, bringing more than 20 years in sales and management experience covering a broad range of industries. His background includes stints with Kia Motors, American Suzuki, Ford Motor Credit, Bank of America and Oxford Industries.
Vogue also promoted Adam Slo-minsky to vice president of sales, in a move that will partner him with Mr. Noe.
Mr. Slominsky has been a part of the Vogue team since 2001, serving as customer center manager and supervisor, working with dealership customers across the country.
IMI promotes 2 to sales, fleet posts
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa.—International Marketing Inc. (IMI) has promoted Tim Buerman to national sales manager and Chris Pourroy to fleet development specialist.
Mr. Buerman has worked at IMI for three years, most recently serving as regional manager in the North Central Region. In this newly created role, he will work with major distributors on a larger scale to grow sales and continue improvement of IMI programs.
Mr. Buerman also will be a partner for educating distributors on the benefits and value of IMI as a multi-product vendor of choice for dealers and fleets.
Mr. Pourroy has worked with the company for six years, IMI said, most recently as regional manager in the Southern Central Region.
The creation of the fleet development specialist position will allow IMI to place a stronger focus on providing profitable solutions for the trucking industry, said the company, which markets the tire balancer Equal among other products.
ASA hires Risley as executive VP
COLLEYVILLE, Texas—Dan Risley has joined the Automotive Service Association (ASA) as executive vice president.
In his new position, Mr. Risley will work closely with Ron Pyle, ASA president and chief staff executive, and the national staff in Colleyville while maintaining an office in Chicago, the ASA said.
Mr. Risley previously worked as a market claims manager at Allstate Insurance Co.
Nexen Canada taps nat'l sales mgr.
MARKHAM, Ontario—Nexen Tire Canada Inc. has named Jeff Bullock to the post of national sales director.
Nexen said Mr. Bullock “brings with him over 20 years' experience in the tire industry and has been with several top manufacturers and distributors.”
Bartec USA hires nat'l sales mgr.
STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich.—Bartec USA has named automotive industry veteran Steve Donaldson national sales manager.
Bartec said Mr. Donaldson has more than 25 years experience in the automotive aftermarket, including working for Schrader International Inc.
While at Schrader, Bartec said Mr. Donaldson became well versed in tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) and has held the Tire Industry Association/Automotive Tire Service trainer status for the last four years. He has conducted hundreds of TPMS clinics over the last six years, according to the company.
Mr. Donaldson will be working with the rest of the Bartec national sales team, including Dennis Flannery and Kelly Nugent.
Trelleborg names acct., sales mgrs.
FAIRLAWN, Ohio—Trelleborg Wheel Systems Americas Inc. has appointed David Ericson OE account manager for Trelleborg agricultural and forestry tires for North America and Clifford Davis as the C-Series sales manager for the U.S.
Mr. Ericson was product manager for Case New Holland's line of cotton pickers, according to Trelleborg, and has 11 years of experience in the tire business.
Mr. Davis, who has worked for Trelleborg for more than six years as a district sales manager in the Midwest, will focus on supporting the sales of products related to the construction market.
Mike Spagnola joins SEMA staff
DIAMOND BAR, Calif.—Industry veteran Mike Spagnola has joined the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA).
He takes over the newly created position of vice president of OEM and product development programs.
SEMA said Mr. Spagnola has 40 years of specialty automotive parts experience, including more than 20 years in product development and project vehicle work.
Mr. Spagnola's duties in the new position will include collaborating with SEMA's OEM and Vehicle Technology departments.
He also will serve as a resource and a liaison between SEMA members and the industry's auto manufacturers.
Mr. Spagnola most recently served as president of Street Scene Equipment, where he managed the company's day-to-day business for 16 years.
He recently completed six years serving on the SEMA board of directors before resigning to accept the staff position.
TIA hires Sage as marketing director
BOWIE, Md.—The Tire Industry Association (TIA) has hired Donna Sage as director of marketing and communications.
Ms. Sage has more than 20 years' experience in the marketing field, according to TIA.
Most recently, she served as the marketing director for a chain of health clubs.