Industry News - June 2021

Industry News - June 2021

Ranger Design announces new members of leadership team

Joey Trombino joined Ranger Design and will replace Eric Pesenti as the new chief financial officer. Trombino has 30 years’ experience in the financial and accounting fields, and has worked in different sectors, including manufacturing, software and mining. Pesenti will stay with Ranger Design in other capacities. With 18 years’ experience in operational and strategic initiatives to enhance revenue growth, Catalin Caracas was named vice president of operations and human resources.


RIDGID celebrates 25 years in pipe inspection

RIDGID, part of Emerson’s Professional Tools portfolio, is celebrating a quarter century as the leader in pipe inspection systems. RIDGID launched its first line of inspection cameras in 1996, allowing professionals to more easily diagnose in-ground pipe issues.


Neighborly welcomes Roger Chacko as new officer

Neighborly appointed Roger Chacko as its new chief strategy and marketing officer. Chacko brings over 25 years’ global brand building, corporate strategy and growth catalyst experiences. Immediately prior to joining Neighborly, Chacko served fitness chain Planet Fitness as its chief commercial officer. Chacko earned his doctorate degree in management from Oklahoma State University and his master’s degree in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Champion Plumbing announces NuFlow partnership

Champion Plumbing announced an exclusive partnership with NuFlow Technologies and will be the only certified NuFlow installer and distributor in Oklahoma. Champion Plumbing plans to have three NuFlow-certified technicians available by the end of March 2021.


Goulds Water Technology introduces virtual training tool

Goulds Water Technology, a Xylem brand, has launched the V.A.R.I. Challenge, an online tool for industry professionals to properly and safely use a digital multimeter to troubleshoot pump systems. Set up in a gamified format, users of the V.A.R.I. Challenge use a digital multimeter to test the voltage, amperage, resistance and insulation of the brand’s Aquavar SOLO2 variable frequency drive performance, enabling users to advance from level to level. Users are timed throughout the challenge and receive points for accuracy of responses. Upon completion of the challenge, users can see where they stack up on the V.A.R.I. Challenge leaderboard. Additional features and resources are integrated throughout the interactive tool, which include links to Goulds Water Technology service manuals and video tips for each level.


The RepMasters team and (at right) Chris and Peter Brown of Walmar Mechanical Sales

Watts announces sales award winners

RepMasters, of Denver, has been named Watts Representative of the Year and winner of The Golden Regulator Award for driving significant sales growth during the 2020 pandemic year. RepMasters has been a Watts authorized sales representative since 2016, and earlier they represented Watts’ FEBCO brand. They represent Watts in Colorado, Wyoming and Montana.

Peter and Chris Brown of Walmar Mechanical Sales, based in Nepean, Ontario, received the Watts Lifetime Achievement Award. Both have worked to help build a backflow program in conjunction with the city of Ottawa, among other achievements. Walmar has been a Watts-authorized sales representative for three generations and represents Watts in Ottawa, Canada. 


Shannon Yancey named as a Caleffi sales manager

Caleffi North America announced its new regional sales manager, Shannon Yancey. Yancey will focus on the Southwest U.S. sales region and is based in Houston. She has worked in the heating, cooling, refrigeration and plumbing industries for over 20 years, and serves as the membership committee co-chair for the Houston ASHRAE Chapter.


Asahi/America welcomes new operations VP

Asahi/America announced the addition of Andrew Meschisen to its executive management team. Meschisen joined Asahi/America as vice president of operations and materials where he will oversee the company’s operations and manufacturing, materials and supply chain, quality assurance, warehousing and facility maintenance.


Oatey hires Christine Graham as new CIO

Oatey announced that Christine Graham joined the organization as senior vice president and chief information officer. She comes to Oatey from MTD Products, where she served as IT director, working with business partners to develop and deliver on technology roadmaps.


Laars names Rich Simons senior VP and general manager

Bradford White named Rich Simons senior vice president and general manager of subsidiary Laars Heating Systems. Simons, a graduate of Case Western Reserve University and the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Business, joined Laars in 2016 as vice president and general manager.


John Guest celebrating 60 years in 2021

John Guest, part of the RWC family of brands, turns 60 in 2021. Over the years, John Guest’s push-fit plumbing products have paved the way for better drink dispensing, water filtration, air and pneumatics, telecoms, automotive and OEM solutions. 



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