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Peterson Appoints New Regional Sales Manager

Peterson Corp. appointed Rick Conde to the position of regional sales manager for the Southwest United States. This area of responsibility includes Arizona, New Mexico and the southern halves of California and Nevada.

Conde has wide experience in sales of industrial and power generation equipment, including grinding equipment. He will be based in San Diego, Calif.

Sisk Wins GAA Championship

Otis Sisk won the Georgia Arborist Association’s 11th Annual Tree Climbing Championship held in Decatur, Ga. The state master championship is Sisk’s third straight, and the win allows him to advance to the Southern regional championships, with a chance to make the World Tree Climbing championships.

Kioti Holds Annual Meeting, Announces Million-Dollar Dealers

Kioti hosted its annual dealer meeting in Cancun, Mexico. Dealers from around North America attended, as well as vendor partners and Kioti personnel. The company introduced its new 5 Paw Dealer Certification Program, with five qualifying areas including sales, parts and service, customer satisfaction, issue resolution and facility appearance. Dealers who meet or exceed the standards will be promoted to the public as a 5 Paw Dealer on Kioti’s Web site.

Kioti also recognized dealers that sold over $1 million worth of tractors in 2007. These included Little Tractor & Equipment, Penrose Mfg., Rivera’s Machinery, Hoover Tractor, Paige Tractors, Lynch Equipment Co., A & R Payeur, Wallace Tractor & Equipment, Conley Lott Nicholas, Batchelders Sales, Equipment G. Gagnon, Jon Parks Tractor, Runaway Tractor, Tri-County Supply, Tyler County Tractor, Tractor Time Equipment and Johnston Equipment.

Yanmar Announces New President/COO

Yanmar America announced the appointment of Thomas H. Calhoun to the position of president and COO. Calhoun will succeed Akihiko Nakaoka, who will remain through 2008 as industrial division manager and senior special advisor. Calhoun will operate from Yanmar’s facilities in Adairsville, Ga., while Nakaoka will remain at the industrial division offices in Buffalo Grove, Ill.

Calhoun joined Yanmar in 1999 as director of marketing for the marine engine group, the industrial engine division and the replacement parts program. He worked in Osaka, Japan, for the company’s overseas planning and export marine departments. Most recently, he was vice president and president of Yanmar Marine.

Zenith Announces New Web Site

Zenith Cutter Co. has introduced an e-commerce Web site developed for tree care professionals, www.OnlineArboristSupplies.com. The new, user-friendly site offers easy and secure online purchasing of brush chipper blades, stump cutter teeth, pruning saws and arborist ropes.

Additional features include opportunities to win free Zenith products and sign up for product discounts.  News from Zenith and links to other industry Web sites are also available.

Yanmar Announces New President/COO

Yanmar America announced the appointment of Thomas H. Calhoun to the position of president and COO. Calhoun will succeed Akihiko Nakaoka, who will remain through 2008 as industrial division manager and senior special advisor. Calhoun will operate from Yanmar’s facilities in Adairsville, Ga., while Nakaoka will remain at the industrial division offices in Buffalo Grove, Ill.

Calhoun joined Yanmar in 1999 as director of marketing for the marine engine group, the industrial engine division and the replacement parts program. He worked in Osaka, Japan, for the company’s overseas planning and export marine departments. Most recently, he was vice president and president of Yanmar Marine.

Zenith Announces New Web Site

Zenith Cutter Co. has introduced an e-commerce Web site developed for tree care professionals, www.OnlineArboristSupplies.com. The new, user-friendly site offers easy and secure online purchasing of brush chipper blades, stump cutter teeth, pruning saws and arborist ropes.

Additional features include opportunities to win free Zenith products and sign up for product discounts.  News from Zenith and links to other industry Web sites are also available.