Peterson Manufacturing Company of Grandview, Mo has announced new hires and personnel changes within the company, including corporate vice presidents and executive positions within Peterson’s OEM sales and Maxi-seal divisions.
Steve Hickerson was named as the new vice president-finance, only the third individual to hold that office in Peterson’s 64-year history. Hickerson assumes the duties of outgoing CFO and vice president-finance, Nick Auer, who announced his retirement after 26 years with the company. Auer, who joined Peterson from Arthur Andersen & Co. in 1983, will continue to serve the company in a consulting role as an independent contractor.
Brian McMahon was promoted to corporate vice president-human resources. Prior to his promotion, McMahon served as Peterson’s director of corporate human resources. In his new role he will have corporate-wide responsibilities for Human Resources, including all 12 subsidiary companies within the Peterson Corporate Group.
Allyn Leake joins the company as manager heavy duty sales. Leake comes to Peterson with some 24 years’ experience in vehicular safety lighting and is widely known throughout the industry. He will manage sales of the Peterson line to a national list of heavy-duty truck and trailer manufacturers.
Ryan Eichhorn moves up as manager OEM sales. Since joining Peterson in 2007, Eichhorn has served as a field sales supervisor in the heavy duty division. In his new position as manager OEM sales, Eichhorn will manage the small/medium duty trailer and truck body markets.
Kevin Cornelius comes to Peterson’s Maxi-Seal harness systems division as engineering manager. His responsibilities include supervising project engineers, designers and drafters, and coordinating engineering activities with all Maxi-Seal departments and suppliers.