MagnaDrive Appoints Power Transmission Industry Experts to Lead New Regional Sales Forces

Former Crane and Rexnord Veterans Join Seattle-based Manufacturer of Alternative Energy Source

MagnaDrive Corp., a manufacturer of new generation magnetic adjustable speed drives (ASDs) and industrial couplings, appointed five regional sales managers to lead the company's expanding North American sales force. Regional sales managers will support and service MagnaDrive's growing customer base in several industries, including wastewater treatment, pulp and paper, HVAC, power generation, manufacturing, and irrigation. Leading the MagnaDrive regional sales force are Daniel B. Hoden, Northeast region; Daniel Winkles, Southeast region; Paul A. Jezuit, Midwest region; Jeff Badders, Southern Region, and James Michael Smith, Southwest region. MagnaDrive's headquarters sales team in Seattle covers the Northwest region.

Currently, there are 46 installations of MagnaDrive's Adjustable Speed Drive (ASD), including Seattle's 55-story Washington Mutual Tower and the Unified Sewerage Agency's Rock Creek advanced wastewater treatment facility in Hillsboro, Oregon. The ASD uses powerful rare-earth magnets to precisely control the speed that a motor, such as an industrial pump or fan, drives a load and has reduced energy consumption by 30 percent to 66 percent in installations across the United States.

"Our initial sales success and commitment to customer service have helped MagnaDrive attract some of the most experienced industrial sales executives," said RonWoodard, president and CEO of MagnaDrive. "Building a seasoned, national sales force will help us develop lasting customer relationships and ensure a stable revenue base."

Northeast Region: A former general manager at Rexnord Corp.'s engineered magnetic technology operation, Daniel Hoden's experience spans the manufacturing, steel and food production industries. Rexnord is a supplier of power transmission components, drives, and conveying equipment for process industries worldwide. During his 22 years at Rexnord, Hoden was also national sales manager for the Link Belt Drives group.

Southeast Region: Daniel Winkles' extensive experience includes senior positions at Rexnord Corp., Tennant Co. and Georgia Pacific Co. At Rexnord, Winkles was responsible for driving consumer specification of power transmission products in a territory spanning Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.

Midwest Region: A pump and power transmission industry veteran, Paul Jezuit has more than 20 years of industrial sales, distribution and customer service experience in wastewater, manufacturing and HVAC. He has held senior sales positions with Crane Corp. and Dresser Industries. Most recently, Jezuit was sales and marketing manager for Tramco Pump Co. Tramco specializes in designing, engineering and manufacturing pumps and custom pumping systems for the industrial, commercial, residential and OEM markets.

Southern Region: Prior to joining MagnaDrive, Jeff Badders spent 15 years with Rexnord Corp. where he was responsible for distributor and direct sales of magnetic couplings to industrial customers. His extensive experience in the chemical, power generation and petroleum/energy industries includes senior roles at Thermal & Mechanical Equipment Corp. and Cargill Inc.

Southwest Region: Mike Smith has more than 25 years sales experience in industries such as mining and pulp and paper. He has held sales positions with Munnell and Sherrill, Inc., and Washington Belt and Drives. Most recently, Smith was a direct sales representative for Rexnord Corp. specializing in magnetic coupling sales to the mining and pulp and paper industries, as well as coal fired power plants and cement plants.


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