Fort Worth, TX, United States
Shoppa's Material Handling
has announced the appointment of two new directors: Jacob Ratekin, director of rental and used remarketing, and Mike Pond, director of dock and door division.
Ratekin will lead the rental team, collaborate with the used team, and manage the lease maturities portfolio. Ratekin has more than a decade of materials handling industry experience, most recently as the director of fleet and asset management at Lift One. Prior to that, Ratekin was president and CFO of Toyota Material Handling Northeast, Inc. and also was with Toyota Material Handling USA, starting as financial planning and analysis manager, and then moving to manager of dealer operations. Ratekin has a BS in Finance and an MBA, both from Indiana University's Kelly School of Business.
In his new role, Pond will oversee all innovative dock and door solutions at each of Shoppa's nine locations. Pond brings with him an extensive background in materials handling with more than 20 years of expertise in dock products, safety equipment, commercial doors, and environmental control warehouse solutions.
Most of his career was spent at Southern Dock Products. Pond has a BBA in Marketing from the Lunar School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
He not only brings an immense knowledge of the industry, but also his proven leadership will help grow Shoppa's dock and door business, according to the company.
McConnellsburg, PA, United States
has announced the return of Rob Messina as senior vice president of product development and product management in the company's access business.
Messina is no stranger to the access segment: he led product development for JLG from 2013 to 2015, before taking on several key strategic initiatives across Oshkosh business units.
Messina has been with Oshkosh since 2010, serving in various engineering, product management and technology roles. Prior to Oshkosh, he worked at Chrysler in both engineering and manufacturing positions. Messina holds a BSME in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University and a MSME in Mechanical Engineering from Oakland University.
Kennesaw, GA, United States
has announced a restructuring of its Atlanta-based North American subsidiary board, including promotions and re-alignment of its senior management team. The re-alignment and promotions have been undertaken in response to significant market trends, major successes and growth of the subsidiary, and increased importance of the business unit to the KNAPP enterprise.
Josef Mentzer continues as CEO, while Andreas Salznig, VP of the Knapp AG Healthcare business unit, has been promoted to COO of Knapp's North American subsidiary and will join the board.
Clemens Bauer, managing director of Knapp subsidiary Demateh and board advisor at Knapp AG, has assumed the position of CFO of KNAPP's North American subsidiary and will join the board.
Jusuf Buzimkic, SVP sales and engineering, has been promoted to CSO of Knapp's North American subsidiary, where his responsibilities will include sales, marketing and engineering; he will also remain on the board of KNAPP's North American subsidiary.
The growth in importance of the North American subsidiary has been primarily driven by major account relationships and contracts with market leaders in the healthcare, grocery and retail sectors.
Knapp is currently expanding service operations, scaling up its North American parts inventory and enlarging its operations team to meet the increase in market demand, and will launch a training centre later this year.