Kent Godbersen, GOMACO Corporation’s Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing, has announced the appointment of Randy Bean as the new Director of International Sales, effective May 1, 2015. The appointment is the result of Bryan Schwartzkopf retiring after completing 41 years of service to the company.
Bean has been with GOMACO for 27 years. He started with the company in 1987 in the Production Control department. In 1993, he joined the International Department when he was named International Sales Coordinator.
“Randy has been a part of our succession planning and has played a major role in international sales for several years,” Godbersen said. “He is a part of the GOMACO culture and has the attention to detail and the work ethic that we are known for here in the Heartland of the United States. Randy has coordinated a large number of projects with our worldwide distributor network and has provided guidance in specifying equipment for highways, canals, tunnels and other concrete applications. He will now have a leadership role in our directive to provide our customer base throughout the world with the leading sales and service support that our international team is recognized for in the concrete paving industry.”
Schwartzkopf became Director of International Sales in 1987 and officially retired from GOMACO on May 1.
“Bryan has been a part of the GOMACO family for as long as I can remember,” said Godbersen. “His knowledge, dedication and professionalism are well known throughout the construction industry. We are grateful for his four decades of service to our customers and our distributors around the world and wish him all the best in his retirement.”
Philip Holst has joined GOMACO, taking Bean’s former position as the International Sales Coordinator. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance. He will be responsible for coordinating with international sales representatives on technical questions and quotes, processing factory orders and change orders for international customers, and coordinating shipping.
GOMACO first created its international division, GOMACO International Inc., in 1973 with the goal of further developing product distribution and expanding exports in worldwide markets. In 1977, the GOMACO International marketing program included development of the markets of Mexico, Central and South America and the establishment of a GOMACO distributor organization.
From there, GOMACO continued forward and expanded into the European market establishing distributors in Germany (1980), Belgium, and France (both in 1983). GOMACO International Ltd. was established in the United Kingdom in 1983 as the European sales, service, and parts headquarters of GOMACO Corporation. Their original office was located in Slough, Berkshire, England.
Early marketing efforts were a success. GOMACO Corporation was honored in 1980 as a national recipient of the President’s “E” Award, an honor for international export excellence administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Then, in 1984, GOMACO International was honored as a national recipient of the “E Star” Award for continued expansion of exports. It is the highest export award to be conferred on a U.S. firm. The award was presented to GOMACO International in a special presentation by President Ronald Reagan at the White House in Washington, D.C.
GOMACO’s international distributor network and presence continued to grow throughout the 1990s and into 2000. GOMACO International Ltd. had outgrown their space in Slough and in February 2010, they purchased a new facility and moved their offices to Witney, Oxford, England. The larger facility with a storage yard allows them to provide better customer service, including an increased parts inventory and additional space to stock paving equipment for quicker delivery, and an expanded shop area to service equipment.
GOMACO International Ltd.’s offices are located at Units 14 & 15, Avenue 1, Station Lane, Witney, Oxford, OX28 4XZ, England. They provide sales and support for the United Kingdom, as well as for GOMACO distributors in Europe, Russia, Africa, and the Middle East.
GOMACO’s International Department provides sales and support for GOMACO distributors and customers in Mexico, Central and South America, Asia-Pacific, and Australia. They also assist, as needed, with the GOMACO International Ltd. offices.
GOMACO has sent equipment to over 125 countries in the world and has been involved in the major concrete paving projects, including airports, tunnels, canals, motorways, as well as other specialty paving applications.
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Randy Bean is the new Director of International Sales. He has been with GOMACO for 27 years.
Philip Holst joins GOMACO as the new International Sales Coordinator.
Bryan Schwartzkopf has retired from GOMACO after 41 years of service to the company.