Arena Americas; Honnen Equipment; JLG Industries; MBW; Snorkel; Takeuchi-US; Yardz

Apr. 03, 2022

Arena Americas, Oak Creek, Wis.: Martin Blackburn has been named as director, special projects. He has more than 25 years of experience in the industry. He gained his industry knowledge from the grassroots up at Arena Seating, UK, to senior management at Nussli, AG, before moving to the United States in 2013. Blackburn will be working alongside Jon Tabeling, Arena Americas president, and the entire U.S. and global teams to deliver extraordinary events throughout the US.

Honnen Equipment, Commerce City, Colo.: Andy Nicolas has been named as the company’s new Wirtgen Group sales manager. Honnen Equipment is the authorized dealer in the Rocky Mountain Region for John Deere Construction & Forestry, John Deere Compact Construction Equipment, Wirtgen Group road building equipment - Hamm, Vogele, Wirtgen and Kleemann, lifting equipment and more. Nicolas will oversee Honnen Equipment’s Wirtgen division for all locations/regions.

JLG Industries, McConnellsburg, Pa.: Ara Eckel has been named director of product management for the company’s connected solutions platform team. In this role, Eckel is tasked with driving the connected channel strategy. Prior to joining JLG, Eckel’s work experience included various sales, marketing and technical product roles at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, General Motors, Meltwater Group and Apple.

MBW, Slinger, Wis.: Jake Peters has been named regional sales manager. His territory covers Arizona, California, Iowa, Illinois, Nevada, New Mexico, Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Peters will work directly with the following manufacturer rep groups: CPS, Placer Sales, Service Over Sales and Meridian Pacific Sales.

Snorkel, Elwood, Kan.: Jonathan “Jonno” Tulitt has been named managing director of the company’s New Zealand manufacturing facility. He brings more than 20 years of experience to the role in prior operational and engineering capacities across multiple industries, including passenger rail operations and rail rolling stock manufacturing and engineering.

Takeuchi-US, Atlanta: Joseph Funk has been named regional business manager 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.

Yardz, Atlanta: Simon Ferguson has joined the company’s board of directors as a strategic advisor. Ferguson is formerly president of EquipmentWatch. In this new advisor position, he will provide counsel and insights to assist Yardz in growing its customer base, creating enhancements to the platform and expanding the company’s overall market penetration. 

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