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Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. Promotes from Within for Sales Director Position
Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. has announced one of its own will be promoted to director of sales. Chad Stanley, a strategic account business development manager at the company, is being promoted to director of sales, northern division, effective January 1, 2020. Stanley first joined Toyo Tires in February 2014, serving as regional sales manager covering the states of Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri. In 2017, he was promoted to his current role covering the western United States. A graduate of the University of Nebraska with a degree in business management and an emphasis in marketing, Stanley has worked in the tire industry for 25 years.
Stanley’s promotion comes with other significant changes to the Toyo Tires sales structure. The first being the change from eastern and western divisions to northern and southern divisions. Sam Felberbaum, currently director of sales, for the western division will be Stanley’s counterpart as director of sales, southern division. In addition, Mike Snyder, who has served as director of sales for the eastern division, will become director of sales, auto dealer channel. This is a new position at Toyo Tires in response to the company’s changing business and growing distribution which now includes major dealerships around the country such as Ford and Mopar. All three directors of sales will report to Mike Graber, who assumes his new role as vice president of sales on January 1.
Polaris Announces Changes to Senior Leadership Team
Polaris Inc. has announced several changes to its senior leadership team. Current president of motorcycles Steven Menneto has been named president of off road; Michael Dougherty, president of international, has been named president of motorcycles, in addition to his role as president of international; and Chris Musso, president of off road, has been named to a new role as senior vice president of electrification strategy. All three leaders will continue to report to Polaris Chairman and CEO Scott Wine.
As president of off road, Menneto is responsible for Polaris’ off-road vehicle (ORV) and snow business segments. During his four years as president of motorcycles, Menneto successfully developed and cultivated a customer-first approach across the business. As the result of his leadership, Indian Motorcycle has gained market share every year. Menneto joined Polaris in 1997, following two years as a Polaris dealer. During his tenure at Polaris, Menneto has served in various leadership roles, including vice president of motorcycles and director of ORV sales.
Dougherty succeeds Menneto as president of motorcycles. Along with the responsibility for Polaris’ motorcycles segment, Dougherty will remain president of international. Dougherty has been a key leader in steering the company’s global strategy and building the Polaris brand with its international customer base. He was named president of international in 2015, and under his guidance, the company has grown international sales into a more than $800 million business, established a direct presence in 13 countries around the world and set a path for continued growth outside of North America. During his time at Polaris, he has also served as the vice president of Asia Pacific and Latin America, vice president of global new market development and vice president and general manager of the ATV division.
In Musso’s new role, he will coordinate across Polaris’ powersports portfolio to advance the company’s electrification strategy and expand on the groundwork established by Polaris’ current electric vehicle product offerings, which include GEM, Goupil and the RANGER EV. Musso joined Polaris in 2017 as president of off road.
Hurco Forms Preferred Partnership With BMO Automation
Hurco Companies Inc. has partnered with BMO Automation. The Hurco/BMO Automation partnership provides customers with a tested automation solution that requires minimal integration and is designed to increase productivity without disruption.
Trade Publication Parts & People Shuts Down
After 33 years, trade publication Parts & People has closed its doors due to health issues of its founder and publisher Lance Buchner. Rob Merwin, longtime editor of Parts & People, is launching a new aftermarket digital newsletter, Aftermarket Matters, in the same spirit and mission as Parts & People.
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