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John M Boler is taking on the duties of president and chief executive officer of The Boler Co and will continue as chairman of the board. Reporting to him will be James Colley, vice-president — finance and treasury, and Nancy B Coons, vice-president — administration. Gary Gertenslager, general manager of Hendrickson Trailer Suspension Systems, has been promoted to president and chief operating officer — Hendrickson Operations. John H Walker, former president; Keith D Stephenson, former chief development officer; and Robert Micchelli, former vice-president — finance and IT, have left The Boler Co.

Dana Corp has named Randy Jarvis as general sales manager for original equipment service customers. He will also manage the Dana/Eaton Roadranger Marketing relationship for the Dana service parts business. Jarvis recently was sales manager for the ride and control products within the Heavy Vehicle Technologies and Systems Service division.

Buyers Products Co has added Mark Kraft to its sales group as district sales manager responsible for customer support and market development for the Northwest Region. Tom Bakan has been promoted to Western Region manager. He will oversee all customer support and market development for the western United States and western Canada.

Price Jones is Karmak's new regional manager covering Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee. He comes to the firm from Freightliner of Knoxville. Ron Kiser has joined Karmak as regional manager for Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. He most recently was Northeast regional manager for International/Ford Blue Diamond Group. Louie Wilmot is Karmak's new regional manager covering Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, and Nebraska. He previously worked in sales and leasing for Wisconsin Kenworth.

Knaack Manufacturing, a division of Emerson and its professional tools business, has named Chad Severson president. He previously served as Knaack's vice-president of marketing and product development. Severson succeeds Russ Kerstetter, who was promoted to group vice-president responsible for Emerson's storage solutions business.

Yokohama Tire Corp has hired Michael Baggett as Eastern OTR sales manager and promoted Tim Easter to national OTR fleet and OEM manager. Baggett, who will operate out of Santa Rosa FL, has more than 30 years of OTR experience. Easter, a seven-year veteran with Yokohama, has more than 15 years of OTR experience and will continue to operate out of Milton WV.

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