Industry News - May 2022

Industry News - May 2022

Jim Felker joins SJE as regional sales manager

SJE welcomed Jim Felker as its newest regional sales manager. A 20-year industry veteran, he will be working out of his home in Oxford, Michigan, covering the northeast territory for SJE Rhombus and CSI Controls. Most recently, he worked in outside sales at Sales Service Plus, a manufacturer’s rep that represents SJE Rhombus.


Rinnai appoints new executive leadership structure 

Rinnai has announced the elevation of three leaders in the organization. Judd Greene has been promoted to senior vice president of administration with responsibilities for human resources, finance and information technology. Greene joined Rinnai in 2009 as an accounting supervisor, was promoted to controller in 2013 and vice president of finance in 2018. Tim Wiley has been promoted to senior vice president of customer experience with responsibilities for sales, marketing, commercial, quality assurance and customer care. Wiley joined Rinnai in 2015 as vice president of sales and has led the sales organization delivering double-digit annual revenue growth. Kevin Headley has been promoted to vice president of sales with responsibilities for sales in the U.S. and Canada. Headley joined Rinnai in 2020 as senior director of sales and has taken an active role in developing the organization’s factory direct and inside sales teams.


Franklin Electric announces recipients for outstanding achievements

At Franklin Electric’s annual Commercial Summit — a gathering of team members from across its operations — winners of this year’s awards for outstanding performance, sales and customer support were announced. The winners named were Field Salesperson of the Year, Jimmy Vela; Field Service Engineer of the Year, Ryan Horner; and Team of the Year, U.S. South Central Region. The team members, led by Darol Hayes, included Chase Ellsworth, Dave Batdorff, Erasmo Barron, Ilse Gallegos, Jennifer Ford, Jesse Zwiebel, Jimmy Vela, Hannah Kiningham and Woody Kunkel.


15 Neighborly brands ranked among top franchises

Neighborly brands Aire Serv, Five Star Painting, The Grounds Guys, HouseMaster, Glass Doctor, Molly Maid, Mosquito Joe, Mr. Appliance, Mr. Electric, Mr. Handyman, Mr. Rooter, Precision Door Service, Rainbow International, Real Property Management and ShelfGenie were all included among the top 500 franchises in Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500. Each franchise is given a cumulative score based on an analysis of more than 150 data points, and the 500 franchises with the highest cumulative scores become the Franchise 500 in ranking order.  


Bradford White expands online training options

Bradford White Water Heaters added six new e-learning course options to its For the Pro Training Academy platform. Launched in November, the Pro Training Academy enhances the company’s exclusive For the Pro suite of online resources with premium self-paced e-learning options. The latest additions to the Academy provide overviews and installation, maintenance and troubleshooting information on the Bradford White AeroTherm heat pump water heater and Infiniti K and L tankless water heaters.


State Water Heaters announces 2022 NASCAR partnership

State Water Heaters announced it will partner with Jeb Burton and Our Motorsports for the 2022 NASCAR season. State has worked with Burton for more than a decade, but this will be the first season in partnership with Our Motorsports out of Massachusetts.  



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