People on the Move: Promotions and hirings from Takeuchi-US, The Andersons and more

L to R: Joseph Huling, Keith Kramlich (Photos: Takeuchi-U.S.)
L to R: Joseph Huling, Keith Kramlich (Photos: Takeuchi-U.S.)

Takeuchi-U.S. promoted two employees in its organization: Keith Kramlich takes over as national product and training manager, while Joseph Huling fills Kramlich’s previous role as national service and warranty manager, effective immediately.

For Kramlich, this is his second promotion since he was hired in 2016 as a regional service manager. In his new position as national product and training manager, his main responsibility is overseeing product development, which includes supervising, managing and developing the product and training department.

Additionally, he will support corporate sales efforts by establishing business partnerships with dealers and distributors to provide exceptional product, training and support for them and their customers who have purchased or use Takeuchi products.

Huling was promoted from his previous position as the northeast regional service manager, which he held since he started at Takeuchi in late 2017. As national service and warranty manager, his main responsibilities include managing Takeuchi regional service managers to ensure they are providing service support in their respective regions, reviewing all warranty claims and providing final approval. Additionally, Huling will monitor failure trends to expedite solutions and calculate and review warranty costs, developing plans to reduce costs.

Kramlich has a degree in specialized diesel technology and applied service management from Wyoming Technical Institute. Huling has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from Brenau University.

The Andersons added Clint Formby to its Plant Nutrient Group to serve as territory manager for the professional turf business.

Formby will manage the distribution of The Andersons’ turf and ornamental products in the south-central region of the U.S.

Formby has more than 15 years of experience in the lawn and landscaping industry. He comes to The Andersons from SePRO, and he has held management positions with Native Texas Nursery and Regal Chemical Company, serving nursery, sports turf and landscape markets throughout Texas.

Formby earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Ruppert Landscape made four personnel moves in the company’s landscape construction division.

Jim Tuzzolino has been promoted to the position of division regional vice president.

He has more than 20 years of experience in the landscape construction industry and has been with Ruppert for almost 15 years. He first joined the company as an intern while attending SUNY Cobleskill, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in wildlife management. He has held many positions during his Ruppert career including production manager in the Maryland branch, operations manager in both Maryland and Virginia and most recently as branch manager in Virginia.

In his new role, he will support landscape construction division operations, specifically overseeing the Virginia and North Carolina branches, working closely with those teams to ensure continued improvement and success.

Mike Ryan has been promoted to fill the role of branch manager in the Virginia landscape construction branch.

He has more than 20 years of industry experience and holds a bachelor’s degree in horticulture from Virginia Tech. He joined Ruppert in 2015 as production manager in Virginia and was quickly promoted when the position of operations manager became available only a year later.

In his new role, he will oversee all landscape construction operations in the company’s Virginia branch, which covers projects primarily in the Northern Virginia and D.C. markets. His responsibilities include planning, budgeting and personnel development within his region as well as ensuring customer satisfaction.

Brad Matthews has been promoted to fill the role of operations manager in the Virginia landscape construction branch.

He has been with Ruppert for more than 15 years, having joined the company straight out of Mississippi State University where he studied construction management. Since then, he has held almost every position on the landscape production side of the business, most recently as project manager.

Anne Kawecki has been tasked with taking on the role of business development manager in the Virginia landscape construction branch.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Marymount University and was an interior designer and co-owner of a vintage and repurposed home furnishings store in Southern Maryland before joining the company’s Virginia branch in early 2019 as an assistant project manager.

The Manufacturing Institute named Lorraine Amesbury Holder, vice president of operations for Stihl, as an honoree for its 2020 STEP Ahead Awards.

Prior to her promotion to vice president of operations in 2018, Holder served as the director of manufacturing for Stihl for 10 years. She is passionate about skilled trades and educating others about the viable opportunities available in the industry.

The eighth annual STEP Ahead Awards recognizes women in science, technology, engineering and production who exemplify leadership within the manufacturing industry.

Husqvarna appointed Robert M. McCutcheon as president of North America for Husqvarna Division, effective June 1.

Prior to joining Husqvarna North America, McCutcheon served as president and managing director of the Americas for Britax Child Safety in Fort Mill, S.C. Bringing more than 23 years of experience and expertise in consumer products, he has led successful business growth initiatives through innovation, marketing and operational excellence. McCutcheon’s background includes positions with Conagra Brands, Walmart and Britax.

McCutcheon is succeeding Earl Bennett who served the company both as legal counsel and president of the North American division. He has been instrumental in building a strong organizational and business platform for the future growth of Husqvarna in North America.

Kyle Renninger will join Anuvia Plant Nutrients as CFO.

In his new position, Renninger will be a senior executive responsible for managing financial actions and planning and analyzing the company’s financial status. As Anuvia CFO, Renninger will use his skills in finance to advance market growth of Anuvia’s innovative, biobased and sustainable products, including SymTRX for agriculture.

Renninger brings 15 years of experience in his career leading the financial analysis and planning for global agricultural businesses. Most recently, Renninger worked as CFO for Arysta LifeScience Corp., overseeing the North America, Australia and New Zealand business units. During his time with Arysta, Renninger served as marketing manager for U.S. Herbicides, financial planning and analysis manager, manager of sales and operations analysis and reporting, senior financial analyst and cost accountant/cost analyst. His background also includes various cost accounting and manufacturing analysis positions for IBM.

Renninger holds a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Penn State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Campbell University. He is also a Certified Management Accountant (CMA).

Sennebogen appointed Greg Roberts as tree care manager for the manufacturer’s new line of tree care handling machines.

As tree care manager, Roberts undertakes the responsibility for growing and managing the company’s tree care division including the Sennebogen 718 and 738 tree handlers. His role will be to deliver field-based customer service including application support to end users, dealer development, sales training and product demonstration.

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