Peterson Manufacturing Company has announced the promotion of Kristen Goodson from product manager to director of product management. A Peterson associate for the past 15 years, Goodson brings a wealth of product knowledge, experience, and management skills to the new position. Goodson joined Peterson as a customer service representative immediately following her 1995 graduation from the University of Kansas with a degree in business administration. She has since worked in or with every department within the company, steadily advancing through a series of sales and management roles. “My new position is actually an expansion of my previous duties as product manager,” Goodson stated. “I report to Steve Meagher, vice president sales, and will be working closely with our design engineering and sales departments to prioritize and develop new products for all the markets Peterson serves. A major part of my position will be filtering information from those markets to support our engineers in designing the right products, and also coordinating the planning of inventory levels with our production control staff.” Goodson’s product knowledge and management talents are well-known at Peterson. “Kristen has been a great asset to our company,” said Mark Assenmacher, Peterson’s director of marketing. “Her contributions are even more important as we work through these tough economic times. And in addition to her company responsibilities, she also represents Peterson within several industry organizations — one of which she’ll lead as president in 2012.” A Kansas City native, Goodson resides in Raymore, Missouri with her husband, Clint, and their four children. Peterson Manufacturing Company is a world-leading innovator in the production of a complete line of vehicle safety lighting, mirrors, reflectors, antennas and related products. As an ISO 9001:2008 certified company, Peterson Manufacturing is a key subsidiary of Peterson Corporation, 12 highly specialized companies and over 3,000 people working in global transportation-related industries.