Pintsch Bubenzer has made two landmark appointments as Mike Sparks, regional sales manager, and Jim Fields, service sales, join the manufacturer of high performance disc and drum brakes for steel cranes and other severe duty applications.
Sparks and Fields both possess a wealth of sales expertise, principally related to electric overhead traveling (EOT) cranes, but their new employer will invest in extensive training programs to equip the pair with the added knowledge required to drive the company’s growth strategy.
“It’s an exciting proposition for existing and potential customers when one considers the extent of the existing skillsets of Mike and Jim, combined with a product range that is so highly regarded in the crane market that they both know so well and many others besides," says Joel Cox, president at Pintsch Bubenzer USA. "We will expose them to the best possible training on our full range of equipment and, importantly, relate it to industry applications out in the field. We’re at the dawn of an exciting new era.”
“The training available was a big factor in me joining the company," says Sparks "This will allow me to be able to ensure our end users get the proper installation, instruction, support, and training with any application needs that they may have—with minimal disruption to production. The biggest challenge I face is learning our vast customer base and the myriad of applications they use so I can offer ways for them to run more efficiently.”
Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Sparks graduated from the University of Toledo with a BSME. He worked as a machine designer for three years and then switched over to sales. He was previously cranes market manager for Conductix-Wampfler and HBC-radiomatic. During both roles he served on the Crane Manufacturers Association of America (CMAA) engineering committee and was a past chairman of the Electrification and Controls Manufacturers Association (ECMA), both product groups within trade association Material Handling Industry (MHI). Sparks also served on the Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST) cranes technology committee.
“This new role presented an opportunity to bring together the skills I have utilized throughout my career and contribute to a company with a clear growth strategy," says Fields. "I started working in the field nearly three decades ago, when I was responsible for troubleshooting, modernizing, and repairing [EOT] cranes. I have moved into project and service management roles over time and feel well equipped to add value to the customer experience of Pintsch Bubenzer’s varied clients.”
Fields, also originally from southern Ohio, transferred to the Carolinas for eight years before returning to his homeland in 2003 to further his education and pursue career development. He is adept at leading inspection and service teams equally. Fields has a proven track record of improving customer relationships.