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People on the Move: New hires and recognitions from Stihl, Proven Winners and more

April 5, 2022 -  By
Terrence “Terry” Horan (Photo: Stihl)

Terrence “Terry” Horan (Photo: Stihl)

Stihl has named Terrence “Terry” Horan its new president and CEO.

“We are pleased to welcome Mr. Horan, an internationally successful leader with 35 years of experience in the power tools, DIY and consumer goods industry, to the STIHL family,” said Nikolas Stihl, Ph.D., chairman of the advisory board and supervisory board at Stihl Group.

Michael Traub, the chairman of the executive board, added, “Terry Horan has demonstrated proven leadership of major companies and global brands, creating winning cultures focused on innovation and leveraging a deep understanding of the end-customer. This makes him the right choice to lead the company and its employees.”

Horan joins Stihl after a career as RPM Consumer Group president at RPM International. Horan has also held various senior leadership roles, including president and CEO of DAP Products, president of Master Lock president and CEO of Bosch, and president of Dremel Power Tools.

“I am excited both personally and professionally to join the team at Stihl,” said Horan. “I look forward to meeting and working with the men and women here in Virginia Beach, our branch and distributor teams, and our vast network of more than 10,000 local Stihl dealers across the country.”

Horan, a native of the Chicago area, received a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Notre Dame and a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Northern Illinois University.

Ron Niederman named Proven Winners Certified Landscape Professional

Providence Landscape Group’s Ron Niederman was recently named the newest Proven Winners Certified Landscape Professional (PWCLP) by  Proven Winners.

Niederman is the landscape construction manager for Providence Landscape Group in Charlotte, N.C. He is a 38-year veteran of the green industry with a broad background working in the landscape installation, design-build, landscape construction and landscape maintenance areas of the industry.

Niederman has held several positions throughout his career, including grounds maintenance worker, supervisor, account manager, division manager and business owner.

The PWCLP program designates landscape industry professionals who have demonstrated expertise in the effective use of the Proven Winners plant brand.

Arborjet | Ecologel announced several company-wide new hires

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Zachary Peterson (Photo: Arborjet | Ecologel)

Arborjet | Ecologel Zachary Peterson was appointed as midwest regional sales manager. He will support the commercial turf markets across this region. Peterson comes with a wealth of experience in the green industry, most recently as the grounds manager for the Milwaukee Brewers for almost five years. He also holds a degree in turfgrass management from Purdue University.

Mark Andrews, director of commercial sales at Arborjet | Ecologel, will lead an invigorated initiative to expand sales opportunities in Canada.

Nicole Speros has joined the Arborjet team in the newly created in-house sales and marketing associate role. Speros graduated from Stonehill College, where she double majored in communications and criminology.

Taylor Grant recently joined Ecologel Solutions as a business development associate. Grant graduated from the University of Florida in 2021 with a Bachelor of Science in food and resource economics and a Master of International Business. During her time at UF, she was chosen to be a part of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Leadership Institute and the CALS Ambassador Program.

Ecologel has also hired Jennifer McLaughlin as an administrative assistant in the company’s Ocala, Fla., headquarters. McLaughlin brings seven years of experience in bookkeeping and administrative support from her previous role in the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry.

Takeuchi adds new regional business manager

Joseph Funk (Photo: Takeuchi)

Joseph Funk (Photo: Takeuchi)

Takeuchi has named Joseph Funk its new regional business manager (RBM) for the mid-Atlantic region. Funk will be responsible for all sales development and activity in that multi-state region, including dealer development, dealer recruitment, inventory control, forecasting, program promotion and communication.

“Joseph has a lot of enthusiasm and a real knack for building customer relationships,” said John Vranches, national sales manager for Takeuchi. “He has a combination of sales, management, and customer service experience that make him a great fit for the position and our team. We’re pleased to have him join the Takeuchi family.”

Based in Gainesville, Ga., Funk comes to Takeuchi from his former role as a sales manager for Fieldale Farms, a large food distributor. Before his tenure there, Funk worked in customer service and inside sales roles, including Neff Rental, a construction equipment rental company.

“Takeuchi is a growing company, and I’m really looking forward to helping them achieve and exceed their sales goals in the mid-Atlantic region,” said Funk. “Over the past few years, I’ve sharpened my heavy equipment knowledge, and I look forward to working with Takeuchi dealers and introducing their customers to the many benefits that they can enjoy when they purchase Takeuchi machines.”

Scenic Road Manufacturing announces new hires

Scenic Road Manufacturing, Lancaster County, Pa., announced the placement of Kevin McGill as general manager and Tom McDermott as vice president of sales and marketing.

“Kevin’s drive and experience running complex operations give me full confidence in his capabilities,” said David Esh, owner of Scenic Road Manufacturing.

In his most recent role as the operations supervisor of a medical device company, McGill successfully ran a $50 million plant with more than 70 direct reports.

“I’m excited to join this family-owned company during an impressive time of accelerated growth,” said McGill.

The company also promoted Tom McDermott, who joined Scenic Road in 2011, from national sales manager to vice president of sales and marketing. McDermott brings 45 years of consumer product manufacturing industry experience to the company.

“Tom is always feeding new energy into the company,” said Esh. “His excitement and passion for the product line make him the ultimate salesman.”

Rob DiFranco

About the Author:

Rob DiFranco is Landscape Management's associate editor. A 2018 graduate of Kent State University, DiFranco holds a bachelor's degree in journalism. Prior to Landscape Management, DiFranco was a reporter for The Morning Journal in Lorain, Ohio.

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