Tuesday, April 16, 2013

L.B. Foster makes organizational changes

As a part of ongoing efforts to create a more customer-centered organization in L.B. Foster Company's recently consolidated rail businesses, a number of organizational changes have been made to its team led by Greg Lippard, vice president, rail products and sales.

Bill Zimmer was promoted to director, Class 1 rail sales. In this new position, Zimmer will direct all of the company's initiatives with the North American Class 1 railroads, including BNSF and Kansas City Southern, He has been in the rail industry since 1985 and joined L.B. Foster in 1994 as a sales representative.

Reporting to Zimmer will be David Sprinkle. Sprinkle returns to L.B. Foster as regional Class 1 sales manager, handling CSX and Norfolk Southern, after working for the company from 1996-2008.

Rick Steininger was promoted to director, technical rail sales. In his new position, he will focus on the sale of the company's many products for transit applications. Steininger joined L.B. Foster in 1987 as an inside sales representative.

Reporting to Steininger will be Mark Hammons, general manager, rail sales West. In this new position Mark will focus on existing and new western U.S. and Canadian transit systems and engineering design firms. Mark has more than 20 years of experience in freight, light and commuter rail industry.

Joe Mahoney was promoted to director of rail sales. In this new position, Mahoney will be responsible for all of the company's sales districts across North America and Canada. He joined L.B. Foster in 1995 as a sales representative.

Reporting to Mahoney will be Chuck Parks, who has been promoted to regional sales manager, Southeast Sales District. Parks joined L.B. Foster in 2007 as a territory sales representative for CXT Concrete Ties, located in Spokane, Wash. In his new position, he will be responsible managing the company's sales activities in the southeastern U.S.

Also reporting to Mahoney will be Jay Roach who was promoted to regional sales manager, Midwest Sales District. Roach began his career in the rail industry in 1996. He joined L.B. Foster in 2000 as a sales representative and was later promoted to a district sales manager. In his new position, he will be responsible for sales of all rail products in a 13-state territory.

Reporting to Roach will be James Irr-Barr as sales representative in the Midwest Sales District. Roach joined L.B. Foster in 2008 as an inside sales representative.

Hector Herrera was promoted to regional sales manager, Latin America. Herrera joined L.B. Foster in 2001 as the sales manager, Mexico. In his new position, he will be in charge of all sales activities for company's products and services in the Latin American markets.

Victor Gonzalez was promoted to sales manager, Mexico, with the responsibility to maintain and grow the company's business in Mexico. He joined L.B. Foster in January, 2012 after spending 16 years in a number of capacities with several Mexican firms.

Michelle Chapin was promoted to director of inside rail sales. In this position, she will lead a team of inside sales representatives servicing the company's North American customer base. She began working at L.B. Foster more than 30 years ago in the Houston, Texas, sales office.

Reporting to Chapin is Roger Babusci. Chapin joins L.B. Foster as an inside sales representative, replacing Irr-Barr. Also reporting to Chapin will be Hannah Posner, inside sales representative. Nancy Spirko has also joined the company's customer service team reporting to Chapin as rail inside sales coordinator.

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