The Board of Directors of Fontaine Truck Equipment Company, a subsidiary of Omaha Standard, Inc., has announced the appointments of Gary Overby to President and Ross DePaul to Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the company. FTEC is a leading distributor/installer of commercial truck bodies and truck equipment and has been in business since 1940. Headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, the company has other branches in Indianapolis, Louisville, Nashville, Charlotte, Atlanta, Dallas, Ft. Lauderdale and Miami.
Overby graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi and spent four years in the United States Air Force. He has been with Fontaine for 20 years starting as the General Manager of the Birmingham facility and has held positions including Vice President, Executive Vice President and President.
"I am excited about the recent acquisition of the company by Omaha Standard and my role within the new organization," Overby said. "This transaction brings together two companies that have a wealth of experience, knowledge and expertise that will translate into even better quality products and services for our customers."
DePaul graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and worked in public accounting for six years while he earned his CPA credentials. He started with Fontaine as the Plant Controller of the Pinson Valley location eventually moving up to Corporate Controller. He has been with the company for 10 years.
"I've always said I enjoy a challenge, but never really realized what challenges awaited me working in this industry," DePaul said. "Over the past few years I've seen some significant changes that distributors have been faced with and, knowing the direction things seem to be heading, we realized at Fontaine the best way to secure our future and really become a formidable force in this industry was to join forces with a major manufacturer. The acquisition by Omaha Standard has made this a reality and, because of the history and character of the two companies, we have an unmatched opportunity to do great things. That's exciting, and what's to come is even more exciting."