KYB Meets with Senator Todd Young to Discuss Industry Concerns

KYB Americas recently hosted U.S. Senator Todd Young at their Franklin, Indiana manufacturing facility. The Senator’s visit included a plant tour, as well as a meeting with KYB staff in which several issues threatening the industry were discussed. Topics included the consumer’s right to access vehicle data, 301 China Tariffs as well as the proposed 232 Auto Tariffs.

“It is quite an honor to have a U.S. Senator visit our facility, he was incredibly gracious and listened intently to our concerns, “stated KYB Director of Product and Marketing Aaron Shaffer.  “We had a great dialogue, I believe the visit helped provide the Senator with a good understanding of the challenges our industry is facing. We look forward to continuing our conversation with Senator Young during the Autocare Legislative Summit in September.” added Shaffer

The Senators visit was coordinated by the Autocare Association and KYB.

KYB Corporation is a $4.2 billion global hydraulics manufacturer with over 8,100 employees and sells its products in over 100 countries. The company is one of the world’s largest supplier of shocks and struts to vehicle manufacturers and has a full range of domestic and import shocks and struts for the aftermarket. For more information, log onto www.kyb.com.

KYB Announces Appointments to Customer Support Department

KYB Americas is proud to announce two significant appointments to its expanding Customer Support Department in Greenwood, Indiana. “Continually working to improve and exceed our customer’s expectations is part of our DNA as a company. These two appointments will make us smarter and stronger.” stated KYB Vice President Mike Fiorito.

Jim Thomas has been promoted to the role of Customer Support Manager. Thomas was hired as a Customer Support Representative in September 2014 and moved up quickly to Customer Support Supervisor that November. He has over 30 years of Customer Support experience and holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a Business Administration major and Economics minor, from the University of Indianapolis.  Thomas is also an active member of the KYB Community Service Team where he dedicates time and organizes efforts to improve lives around him.

KYB is also pleased to welcome Jessica Young as a Customer Support Representative. She began at KYB as part of the packaging team and will now be reporting to Jim in Customer Support. Young is a recent graduate of Franklin College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Quantitative Analysis with an Economics Specialization. Her skills will be an asset to the KYB team as she helps gather and interpret information to better service our customers.

 

KYB Corporation is a $4.2 billion global hydraulics manufacturer with over 8,100 employees and sells its products in over 100 countries. The company is one of the world’s largest supplier of shocks and struts to vehicle manufacturers and has a full range of domestic and import shocks and struts for the aftermarket.

Mac McGovern of KYB Americas Corp. Honored at AAPEX by Import Vehicle Community for Lifetime Industry Achievement Award

The Import Vehicle Community recognized men and women who have made significant contributions to the import automotive aftermarket. The awards were presented to the winners at the Import Vehicle Community’s Luncheon and Awards Program, which was held during the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) in Las Vegas.

Recently retired KYB employee, Wm. “Mac” McGovern, AAM, AAP, Director of Marketing and Training at KYB Americas Corporation, was honored with the Lifetime Industry Achievement Award. The accolade was accepted by Vice President Mike Fiorito and Director of Product and Marketing Aaron Shaffer on Mac’s behalf. Mac made the tough decision to stay home and enjoy Halloween with his grandchildren, and missed AAPEX for the first time in many years.

Mike Fiorito said, “Mac was humbled and honored to receive the recognition. He hopes that his efforts of listening to and working with the service provider community continues to spread throughout the industry.

KYB Corporation is a $4.2 billion global hydraulics manufacturer with over 8,100 employees and sells its products in over 100 countries. The company is one of the world’s largest supplier of shocks and struts to vehicle manufacturers and has a full range of domestic and import shocks and struts for the aftermarket.

KYB Americas Corp. Is Proud to Announce Aaron Shaffer as Director of Product and Operations

Aaron Shaffer has been promoted to Director of Product and Operations for KYB Americas. Shaffer will be responsible for KYB’s product development, while also overseeing the day-to-day operations of KYB’s Customer Support Department and distribution facility.

Shaffer began his career with KYB in 2002 as a Territory Sales Manager after graduating from Northwood University with a BBA in economics. In 2005 Shaffer was named KYB’s Customer Support Manager and later, Marketing Manager. Prior to his new role, Shaffer served as a Business Development Manager for KYB. In 2016, Shaffer was the recipient of the Import Vehicle Community’s Young Executive of the Year award.

Shaffer currently resides in Washington DC with his wife, Jennifer. They are in the process of relocating to the Indianapolis area.

KYB Corporation is a $4.2 billion global hydraulics manufacturer with over 8,100 employees and sells its products in over 100 countries. The company is one of the world’s largest supplier of shocks and struts to vehicle manufacturers and has a full range of domestic and import shocks and struts for the aftermarket.

KYB Americas Corp. Announces New Marketing Manager

Chris Gillund

KYB Americas Corp. has announced that Chris Gillund was promoted to the position of marketing manager. The announcement was made today by Mike Fiorito, KYB vice president, from KYB’s aftermarket headquarters in Greenwood, Indiana.

Gillund will be responsible for KYB’s marketing activities, including national promotions, social media, and both digital and print advertising. After working in professional sports photography and design, Chris joined KYB in 2015 as marketing coordinator. In that role, Gillund was key in developing the new Certified KYB Vehicle Stability and Control Kit, as well as spearheading KYB’s 360-degree digital image library.

“We are proud of what Chris has accomplished during his tenure as marketing coordinator and believe he is ready for his new role,” said Fiorito. “We have national promotions going on almost all year, hence our marketing department is busy continually producing great materials. We look forward improving on our foundation with Chris in a lead role.”

Gillund earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Visual Communications Design from Purdue University.

KYB Americas Corp. Announces Two Key Hires

KYB Americas Corp. recently announced the hiring of two key sales positions. The announcement was made recently by Mike Fiorito from KYB’s Aftermarket headquarters in Greenwood, Indiana.

Sal Fabela is a new Territory Sales Manager in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area covering portions of the Central U.S.  servicing key KYB channel partners. Sal earned a Bachelor of Science degree with Honors in Marketing and Economics and a Master of Business Administration from Northern Illinois University. Sal is also an active member of the National Society of Hispanic MBA’s. An industry veteran prior to KYB, Sal spent the last four years with Robert Bosch LLC as a Demand Planner and Sales Analyst.

 

Craig Bussey is a new Territory Sales Manager covering portions of the Northwestern U.S..  Craig most recently served as a Workshop Field Sales Specialist for Robert Bosch LLC in the Dallas, TX market, was Tour Manager of a 16 state Bosch Tech Tour campaign. Craig earned a Bachelor of University Studies degree from the University of New Mexico but is a Certified Emergency Medical Technician., Craig has also been a Health Care Case Manager and taught English at a middle school in Busan, South Korea.

“We are excited to announce two new key hires in crucial markets for KYB,” KYB Vice President Mike Fiorito commented “Sal and Craig come to us with diverse but experienced backgrounds that will help propel KYB sales in their markets.  Sal will be taking over for industry legend Bob Gibson who recently retired from many years of service to KYB. We feel strongly that Sal has the skillsets to provide exceptional service to our distribution and sales channel partners. Craig comes to us with several years of experience in high activity roles in the aftermarket.  We are pleased at his eagerness to jump right in and help KYB service customers and achieve sales targets in a critical KYB territory”

KYB Corporation is a $4.2 billion global hydraulics manufacturer with over 8,100 employees and sells its products in over 100 countries. The company is one of the world’s largest supplier of shocks and struts to vehicle manufacturers and has a full range of domestic and import shocks and struts for the aftermarket. For more information, log onto www.kyb.com.

KYB Americas Corp. Receives Federated Marketing Vendor of the Year for the Second Year in a Row

KYB Americas Corp. is proud to announce that Federated Auto Parts awarded KYB their 2016 Marketing Vendor of the Year Award. The announcement was made at the Federated National Meeting in Kauai, Hawaii.  This is the second year in a row KYB has received Marketing Vendor of the Year and the third overall in 4 years.

“Federated is proud to recognize KYB again this year for outstanding marketing support,” said Rusty Bishop, CEO of Federated Auto Parts.,” said Rusty Bishop, CEO of Federated Auto Parts. “Marketing has never been more important as we work to communicate and differentiate the quality brand name parts we sell. Our members appreciate strong marketing programs that increase value and acceptance. KYB has excelled in this area, becoming a leader in the ride control category. We are proud to be associated with their fine company and congratulate the entire KYB team.”

“Our entire team works to provide the best opportunities for our distribution partners to be successful and grow sales in the ride control category,” said KYB Director of Marketing Mac McGovern.  “On top of being some of the most involved and creative people in the industry, the team at Federated is constant in their desire to bring new ideas and projects to the table that can help each other grow.”

KYB Corporation is a $4 billion global hydraulics manufacturer with over 8,100 employees and sells its products in over 100 countries. The company is a world leading supplier of shocks and struts to vehicle manufacturers and has a full range of domestic and import shocks and struts for the aftermarket. For more information, log onto www.kyb.com.

KYB Americas Corp. Announces New Business Development Manager

KYB Americas Corp. is excited to announce the hiring of Erick Kinnunen for the role of Business Development Manager covering key channel partners in the Northwest. The announcement was made today by Mike Fiorito from KYB’s Aftermarket headquarters in Greenwood, Indiana.  Erick will also be a member of KYB’s National Training Team led by Director of Marketing & Training Mac McGovern.

Erick comes to KYB from NTN Bearings where he served as a Sales Manager. An automotive aftermarket veteran, Erick previously held roles at KYB that include Territory and Regional Sales Manager.  In his new position, Erick will not only manage sales growth for several key national customers, he will also play a lead role in developing and implementing training initiatives as a member of KYB’s National Training Team.  Initiatives, like KYB’s industry leading Crash Avoidance Systems Training.

“We are very pleased to announce that Erick is rejoining the KYB family,” KYB Vice President Mike Fiorito commented “Erick will once again be a key asset for KYB who brings a wide range of abilities and a great attitude to the team. Our success hinges on having the right people in the right place. We believe that Erick and the KYB Sales Team are poised to help us grow over the next 12 months and beyond.”

KYB Corporation is a $4.2 billion global hydraulics manufacturer with over 8,100 employees and sells its products in over 100 countries. The company is one of the world’s largest supplier of shocks and struts to vehicle manufacturers and has a full range of domestic and import shocks and struts for the aftermarket. For more information, log onto www.kyb.com.

KYB Americas Corp. Receives Federated Marketing Vendor of the Year

 

KYB Americas Corp. is proud to announce that Federated Auto Parts awarded KYB their 2015 Marketing Vendor of the Year Award. The announcement was made at the Federated National Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona.  The award represents KYB’s commitment to providing Marketing plans and programs that can be applied throughout the distribution channel.

“We are proud to recognize KYB as the 2015 Marketing Vendor of the Year.  Their extraordinary performance in marketing KYB products and services are important to the Federated members success,” said Rusty Bishop, CEO of Federated Auto Parts. “As a group, Federated suppliers are well positioned for success, supplying quality brand name parts and excellent service to our members. KYB has proven they are the best of the best. They embrace change and respect tradition, turning industry challenges into growth opportunities.  We are very proud to present them this prestigious and well deserved award”

“The Marketing Team at KYB works diligently to provide the best marketing and training initiatives that help our partners create more sales opportunities,” said KYB Director of Marketing Mac McGovern.  “It’s really amazing to work with a team like Federated that is willing to collaborate and propose ideas that will help their team have successful implementations. We are grateful to have a partner like Federated.”

KYB Corporation is a $4 billion global hydraulics manufacturer with over 8,100 employees and sells its products in over 100 countries. The company is a world leading supplier of shocks and struts to vehicle manufacturers and has a full range of domestic and import shocks and struts for the aftermarket. For more information, log onto www.kyb.com.

KYB Americas Corp. Receives Altrom Group’s Supplier of the Year Award

KYB Americas Corp. is proud to announce that the Altrom Group presented KYB with their 2015 Supplier of the Year Award. The announcement was made at the Altrom Group’s North American Sales Summit in Seattle, WA.  The award is presented annually to the company that excels in several metrics that include sales, product availability, teamwork, marketing materials and overall experience.

“Each year and especially this past year KYB has provided Altrom with remarkable customer service, support, and overall has made doing business with them simple and easy” says Matt Millen, Marketing Manager for Altrom. “ KYB’s team has created countless sales and marketing promotions this past year and the growth we have seen is a direct reflection of their effort and enthusiasm”

“We continually strive to improve our valued partnership with the Altrom Group and we are honored to be presented with this great award,” commented KYB Vice President Mike Fiorito.  “KYB’s business is dependent on growth with iconic distribution companies like Altrom. This award points to the strategic collaboration, commitment and hard work of the entire KYB Team.”

KYB Corporation is a $4 billion global hydraulics manufacturer with over 8,100 employees and sells its products in over 100 countries. The company is a world leading supplier of shocks and struts to vehicle manufacturers and has a full range of domestic and import shocks and struts for the aftermarket. For more information, log onto www.kyb.com.