Arrow Truck Sales, Inc. (ATS) has announced the creation of a new business development position and two branch manager positions.
President and CEO Carl Heikel reported that near record sales in 2004 and rapidly accelerating demand necessitated the moves.
Bruce Brancato, formerly the branch manager at the Los Angeles location, has been promoted to director of business development. Brancato’s responsibilities will include research, analysis, negotiation and start-up administration for new retail locations across the U.S.
Brancato also served as branch manager of the Whittier location for 15 years and was instrumental in opening one store in Arizona and two others California.
Arrow has also named Larry McDaniel, formerly the assistant manager in Los Angeles, as Brancato’s replacement at the Whittier, Calif. location. McDaniel had served as assistant branch manager at Arrow’s Houston, Texas and Whittier locations for the past two years and has spent his entire career in the truck industry.
The company also announced Randy Kricke’s promotion to branch manager of Arrow’s Atlanta sales office.
Randy Kricke, former assistant manager at the Tampa location, joined Arrow nearly three years ago. Previously, Kricke owned a car salvage business and has over 21 years of sales experience.
ATS, with branches in Calgary, Toronto and Montreal, is celebrating its 55th anniversary this year.
Freightliner officials have announced the naming of Jack Conlan and Elmar Boeckenhoff to senior vice-president positions..
Conlan has been named senior VP of Customer Support and Boeckenhoff has succeeded Michael von Mayenburg, the company’s chief engineering officer since 1990, as senior VP of Engineering and Technology. Both will serve as members on the company’s executive committee.
Conlan had been serving as president of the company’s Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC) business unit since 1998.
Under Conlan’s leadership, FCCC increased sales by 27 per cent in 2004 to 28,400 units.
Conlan first joined Freightliner LLC in February 1998 as assistant plant manager at the company’s Cleveland, N.C., truck manufacturing plant.
He has over 20 years experience in truck and automotive manufacturing, and has held a range of management positions in production, quality and plant and division operations.
Boeckenhoff is a 14-year DaimlerChrysler veteran and currently serves as head of testing for Mercedes-Benz Vans. He previously held positions as head of computational analysis for commercial vehicles and assistant to the board member for truck development.
Boeckenhoff’s appointment comes in the wake of von Mayenburg’s retirement, which culminates a 41-year career in the truck and automotive manufacturing industry. He began his career with DaimlerChrysler (then Daimler-Benz) in 1964 and subsequently held a variety of assignments in the Design and Service departments for diesel engines and truck chassis.
In 1986, he was appointed chief of staff for the Daimler-Benz Commercial Vehicle Development Group, a position he held until joining Freightliner in 1990.
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