STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (Jan. 3, 2017) — TPMS diagnostics tool supplier Bartec USA L.L.C. has hired Sean Mackinnon, previously with the Tire Industry Association (TIA), to be its national sales manager, overseeing the firm's North American sales team.
"Bartec has always operated with the 'train first, sell second' philosophy, and Sean brings a truckload of experience and knowledge and will be a huge asset for our distributor partners and the end users of our products," according to Bartec CEO Scot Holloway.
"As Bartec continues to broaden our product line into other vehicle service areas, we needed someone with a solid automotive service background...."
Steve Long, director of sales, lauded Mr. Mackinnon's background in tire service, training and tire pressure monitoring systems, saying he has a "solid ability to manage sales, marketing and product training; and he has the right balance of sales and technical expertise...."
At TIA, Mr. Mackinnon presided over the Automotive Tire Service Program as the director of automotive training and development. He was with TIA for nine years; prior to that he was with a "major" tire retailier for a dozen years.
As a Certified ATS Trainer, Mr. Mackinnon also will keep the entire Bartec sales force certified and current with vehicle technology, Bartec said.
Mr. Mackinnon joins Dennis Flannery and Kelly Nugent on Bartec's team of TPMS sales professionals along with a network of independent representatives and distributor partners, who will work together to satisfy what Bartec said is a "significant rise" in demand for its line of TPMS tools and solutions.