Executive Vice President of Business Development & Sales
(La Vergne, Tennessee)
This article was published in the March 2020 edition of NTEA News.
It is a great honor to serve as NTEA Board chair. Having observed several peers in this role over the years, I’m aware of the opportunity to make a significant difference for the commercial vehicle community. In the year ahead, I’ll spotlight the most important member concerns and work with fellow Board members and trusted stakeholders to develop practical solutions.
Let me take a moment to share my background. More than 30 years ago, I joined Pro-Tech Industries as a customer service representative. I served in various capacities, including outside sales, product line manager, branch manager, vice president and president. In 2016, I settled into my current position as executive vice president of business development, where I get to support our customer groups in the transportation and work truck industries.
Founded in Vancouver, Washington, in 1980, Pro-Tech initially made equipment for the transportation industry. The company quickly transitioned from a garage to a larger facility and then opened a sister plant in 1989 in La Vergne, Tennessee.
While maintaining my role at Pro-Tech, I became deputy sheriff for Clark County, Washington, from 1997–2000. I earned my law enforcement commission from the Washington State Law Enforcement Academy.
Currently, I reside in La Vergne, with my wife Jani. We have three wonderful children — Taylor, Erica and Gabrielle — and two grandchildren.
Since 2014, I’ve been part of NTEA’s Board and, for the last six years, have become heavily involved in committee work. In addition to participating in several different committees, I chaired the Truck Equipment 101 Task Force in 2015 and the Finance & Investment Committee in 2017. I’ve found this unique opportunity to engage with fellow Board members on timely industry issues incredibly rewarding. Getting feedback from a diverse group of industry leaders has been a priceless experience that has broadened my thinking and forced me to critically evaluate my business strategies and validate the methods I apply at my own company.
NTEA is dedicated to furthering industry knowledge, growth and profitability. Aligning with this objective, we’ll continue to prioritize market data and research, workforce development, regulatory and policy advocacy, and path-to-market expertise in the coming year to help ensure the membership and industry have the tools and resources needed for success.
Together, we’ll accomplish great things. NTEA and the work truck industry’s future is bright, and the best is yet to come.
View a full list of NTEA Board members and committees at ntea.com/board.