The Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA) has made several key appointments to its sales and events staff. Tom Carbott has been promoted to vice president of sales and events. He will be responsible for both sales and exhibitor services for the ProMat and NA 2010 trade events.
Two members of Carbott's staff have also been promoted. Greg Baer has been named manager of sales, and Andy Revels has been appointed senior sales representative.
Vocollect, a developer of voice-directed systems, has appointed Larry Sweeney to the board of directors for Vocollect Japan Inc. Sweeney, the company's co-founder, has embarked on a long-term assignment in Japan in which he will take a central role in expanding the company's reach across Japan and throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
Michael Gonzalez has been appointed chief executive officer of HK Systems. He had previously served the automated material handling and supply chain software company as president and chief operating officer. In his new position, Gonzalez will oversee sales and marketing management, manufacturing operations management, engineering management, project management, human resources, accounting services, and legal counsel. He will also join the HK Systems board of directors. He replaces John Splude, who is assuming the position of executive chairman. Splude is now responsible for the company's domestic and international acquisition strategy and the new HK Production Logistics subsidiary.
Keogh Consulting has realigned the management staff at several of its offices. Frank Renshaw is now principal and Todd Kovi is associate principal at the Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., office. In the Cleveland office, Scott Sprague is principal and John Lemire is associate principal. And in Dallas, Norman Saenz Jr. is associate principal.
Pacer International has appointed James Commiskey vice president, business development - automotive for its Pacer Stacktrain intermodal unit. Commiskey will be responsible for sales and for coordinating the unit's marketing efforts.
The National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW) has elected new officers. The chairman is Chip Hornsby of Britain-based Wolseley, PLC. The chairman-elect is Robert Taylor of Do It Best Corp. Dennis Hatchell of Alex Lee Inc. is the first vice chairman. Mark Kramer of Laird Plastics Inc. is the second vice chairman. And the secretary of the association is Robert Aiken of U.S. Foodservice Inc. They join NAW President and CEO Dirk Van Dongen and other members on the organization's board of directors.
Schneider Electric has made three major management changes. Chris Curtis, president and CEO of the Schneider Electric North American Operating Division, will now also head the company's building automation and renewables business. Amelia Huntingdon has been named chief operating officer and president of Schneider Electric USA. She has been with Schneider for 20 years, most recently as president and CEO of Juno Lighting Group. And Thomas Insprucker has been promoted to director of the global Web business program. He joined the company's Square D division in 1985 and has held several executive positions, including VP of marketing and VP of e-business.
The Port of Tacoma (Wash.) has announced two appointments in its environmental management area. Jason Jordan has been hired as senior environmental manager. He previously worked as the senior environmental program manager at the Port of Seattle. Ron Stuart has joined the company as environmental project manager - air quality. He spent the previous 21 years with Simpson Tacoma Kraft Co.
Bluestar, a Kentucky-based distributor of auto ID, mobility, and RFID products, has made two personnel announcements. Rob Dorsey has been promoted to vice president of U.S. sales. He had been national director of sales. Chris Sheppard has joined the company as business development manager. Sheppard will manage Bluestar's channel market and business development for Datalogic Scanning and Datalogic Mobile products.
Joseph Dell'Anno has joined Handl-it Inc. as a sales representative. Handl-it is a public and contract warehousing company based in Bedford Heights, Ohio.
William "Bill" Grace has been chosen as the chairman of the board of directors for Virginia International Terminals Inc. (VIT), the terminal operating company for the Virginia Port Authority. Grace, who served on the Virginia Port Authority Board of Commissioners from 1997-2007, became a member of the VIT board in 2008.