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President, Andy Simpson came to SKA from the US Air Force in 2000, where he spent 15 years in the Space and Missile Program. In his 18 years with SKA, he has developed a sound background in Mechatronics and Industrial Power Transmission. He is active in PTRA and works to lead development of his team’s continuing education and elevation of professional practices in the sales and marketing for the Principals SKA represents.
Vice President & General Manager, Brian Ankrom has been in the Industrial Power Transmission business since 1988. He has worked his way through the ranks, experiencing all aspects of the Distribution operation and as well as being Branch Manager for Motion Industries. Leaving Distribution he became National Sales Manager for Webster Chain. In this manufacturing role, Brian developed intimate knowledge of distribution and manufacturing process and material flow as well as being extremely proficient in maintaining a high level of training and readiness for himself and his team.
We are very pleased to announce a new addition to the SKA team, Wayne Simmons. Wayne is a 21-year veteran in the Power Transmission Industry with a vast array of contacts and customers throughout our SKA territory. He brings fresh ideas, lots of enthusiasm and an in depth mechatronics and process aptitude. Wayne joins us in very exciting times at SKA as we are projecting very good growth this year and we know he will be a large part of our success. Please share this with your teams.
Regional Sales Manager Dean Russell joined SKA in January 2017. He brings 26 years in Industrial Sales experience focused on Forestry Product, Food, and Manufacturing in the Mississippi and Louisiana areas. Dean began his career in 1990 with Applied Industrial Technologies. Throughout his career with Applied, he has worked in customer service, outside sales as an Account manager as well as store management positions. Dean currently resides in Laurel, MS.
Dean has developed many relationships over the past 26 years in distribution and looks forward to networking and building new relationships with SKA as a manufacture sales rep.Please share this with your teams.
Tiana Plungas, Director of Operations, has four years of inside sales and customer service experience in manufacturing. Tiana's smile and positive attitude are always a breath of fresh air to the SKA team. She exhumes an eagerness to help customers and principals. Please share this with your teams.
Mike started his career in 1969 in Distribution, working both for AIT and Motion. Mike started his Rep Company in 1981 as J.M. Simpson & Associates, and in 1984 merged with Phil Kiritsy, forming Simpson Kiritsy & Associates Inc., now SKA Simpson & Associates, Inc.. Over the years Mike guided SKA to be a solutions provider with sales and technical support as a complete mechatronics agency. Mike lives in the Tampa Bay area.