Aug. 11, 2008 – Aftermarket Digest

Helmet House Announces Record First-Half Sales

National distributor Helmet House reported its June sales results were almost 40 percent higher than June 2007.
The month’s results made for a strong second quarter and a record first half, according to a company report.
Helmet House co-founders Phil Bellomy and Bob Miller say the company’s strong brands are behind the successful sales.
“These results speak to the market strength of our brands and to the effectiveness of our team of sales managers, marketers, product designers, shipping and customer service personnel; and by the way $4.50 a gallon gasoline didn’t hurt either,” said Miller and Bellomy in the release.
“Record-setting sales for Shoei Helmets and Tour Master and Cortech gear, both very technical products, continue to be the backbone of our growth. Additionally, HJC helmets and TCX boots also had very strong sales months for Helmet House.”

OGIO’s Motorsport Division Names National Sales Manager

OGIO, manufacturer of gear bags, announced Brian Bott accepted the company’s national sales manager position for its motorsports division.
Bott has been in the motorsport industry for 10 years, and OGIO President David Wunderli says Bott has a strong performance history.
“He has developed a solid reputation as a true professional with an incredible work ethic,” Wunderli said in the release. “We look forward to watching him drive the brand forward.”
In his new position, Bott will oversee the expansion of OGIO’s MX distribution program and work closely with the company’s promotion team to strengthen OGIO’s brand in the motorsports industry.

Cycle Country Hires New OEM Account Executive

Cycle Country recently hired Aaron Schulz as its new OEM account executive.
Schulz brings more than 12 years of sales and marketing experience to Cycle County. He has been hired to work closely with the company’s OEM customers to ensure they get great service and support.
“We are committed to providing the best service in the industry,” said Schulz.
Schulz graduated from the University of St. Cloud in St. Cloud, Minn.

Superwinch Appoints Director of Asia Business Development

Superwinch has appointed Warton Ong to the position of director of Asia business development and strategic sourcing.
Ong will report to Superwinch CEO Ned Cunningham. In his new position, Ong will be responsible for the local management of all sourcing partners in Asia; management of distributors in Australia and New Zealand as well as direct management of Superwinch’s relationship with Toyota, Australia; the identification, evaluation and development of potential growth opportunities in China and Southeast Asia, and participation in Superwinch’s planning process.
Ong brings more than 20 years of international experience, including general management, sales, marketing and product development. Most recently he was the regional managing director of Asia for Gardner Denver Nash. Earlier, Ong was the general manager of the company’s China subsidiary in Shanghai.

ARI Names New Chief Technology Officer

ARI, a provider of technology-enabled business solutions that connect dealers, distributors and manufacturers, announced that Robert Hipp has been named to the newly created position of chief technology officer.
In this new role, Hipp will be responsible for providing overall strategic and operational direction for ARI’s software products and services.
“We have an ambitious financial goal for fiscal year 2009. To help us meet those goals, the position of chief technology officer was created,” Roy Olivier, president and chief executive officer of ARI, said in a press release.
“This position will be responsible for the development and implementation of our long-range strategic objectives.”

OPEI Brings Fuel Expert to Annual GIE+EXPO

With record high gasoline prices and a volatile fuels marketplace potentially affecting dealers, the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), a GIE+EXPO co-sponsor, will host one of the nation’s foremost authorities on the fuels marketplace and economy at The Dealer Experience and GIE+EXPO.
“OPEI is very pleased that Dr. John Felmy, chief economist for the American Petroleum Institute (API), Washington, D.C., has accepted our invitation to participate at GIE+EXPO,” said Kris Kiser, OPEI’s vice president of public affairs. psb

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