Leominster, MA - PFERD INC., the U.S. subsidiary of August Rüggeberg GmbH & Co, of Marienheide, Germany, a 213 year old world leader in the design and manufacture of quality abrasive products, cutting tools, brushes and power tools, today announced that Sam Lombardo has been appointed to the newly created position of National Technical Manager for all PFERD U.S. operations. Lombardo will report directly to Mark Noe, Director of Sales at PFERD, and will be responsible for directing the sales efforts of all PFERD vertical market managers and application specialists. Lombardo will also direct PFERD product training programs directed at assisting distributor sales people in demonstrating more effectively new PFERD products to their end user customers.
Lombardo is originally from El Paso, TX but is currently residing in Kansas City, MO. He earned his Associates Degree in Business from Longview Community College and has completed formal educational programs at the University of Wisconsin and at Xerox Learning Systems. He brings thirty-five years of experience in industrial sales to his new position including time in OEM, MRO and distributor based sales. His most recent position was at Apex Tool Group LLC as District Sales Manager where he oversaw many major end user accounts as well as managed premier distributor accounts. Prior to that, Lombardo spent over eleven years at Standard Abrasives where he also managed large end user and distributor accounts. In both positions, he earned recognition for consistently exceeding his sales goals, increasing market share and growing business at major accounts.
In making the announcement, PFERD Director of Sales, Mark Noe, stated, "This is a critical new position at PFERD and Sam has the exact expertise and experience needed to direct and expand our technical sales efforts. I know our distributor partners will find him an invaluable resource. PFERD management is pleased to have found a person with such a long record of accomplishments in organizational skills, mechanical abilities and sales achievements", he concluded.
PFERD President, Gene Huegin, also commented on how Lombardo's appointment strengthens PFERD strategy. "In spite of poor economic times, PFERD has enjoyed record growth in recent years but we still see many good opportunities out there, especially with our distributor partners. We feel putting a strong manager in charge of our technical training and sales efforts will realize great benefits for all of us". Huegin remarked.
Lombardo expressed his own optimism and eagerness at receiving the PFERD appointment. "PFERD has well earned their reputation for innovation and quality over their remarkable 213 year history in the metalworking industry. I am proud to have been offered to take part in the next phase of this success story and am looking forward to working closely with all PFERD professionals". he stated.
Sam and his wife, Linda, have three grown children and six grandchildren. They will maintain their residence in Kansas City where they enjoy spending time with their family and where Sam will continue his hobbies of restoring muscle cars and drag racing.