Rick Bennett Named Eastern Regional Sales Manager

August 15th, 2014

Anest Iwata, the leading manufacturer of commercial finishing equipment, has named Rick Bennett as its new Eastern Regional Sales Manager.

Mr. Bennett, former Business Development Manager at Legion OTG, will be responsible for managing and increasing Anest Iwata’s distribution network in the eastern region.

“We are delighted to have Rick aboard,” said Dale Stitt, Anest Iwata Operations Manager. “His MRO experience along with his military contacts will help Anest Iwata US expand our industrial sales.”

Before joining Anest Iwata, Rick managed business development activities for Legion Operator Training Group, a 4,500 acre tactical training facility in South West Georgia. During his time at Legion OTG, Rick was responsible for several strategic business partnerships and the development of several long-term contracts.

Prior to his time at Legion OTG Rick served as Territory Manager for 5.11 Tactical, a provider of tactical gear and apparel for the public safety & defense sectors. Rick managed a multi-million dollar sales territory and achieved over 30% territory growth.

Additionally, Rick has several years experience working within the W.W. Grainger organization; primarily within the automotive, defense and aerospace sectors. During his time at Grainger, Rick exceeded his sales goals year after year. Additionally, he was selected for the Grainger MAKE segment brand team in 2011 due to his experience with manufacturing. During his tenure at Grainger, Rick was twice awarded the Apex award for exceptional business leadership as well as the Navigator award for transitioning customer perceptions.

Rick served in the United States Army 3rd Ranger Battalion and currently lives in South East Indiana where he and his wife are actively involved in several military charities.

About Anest Iwata Corporation – Yokohama, Japan

ANEST IWATA Corporation is a manufacturer specializing in Coating equipment, Coating systems, and small- and medium-size air compressors and vacuum pump. Since the foundation of the company, we have exactly satisfied the most advanced needs of customers around the world with the motto of creating innovative and state-of-the-art products.

About Anest Iwata USA, Inc.

Anest Iwata USA, Inc. is the North American Headquarters of Anest Iwata Corporation, the leading manufacturer specializing in painting equipment, turnkey coating systems, air compressors and high-end dry vacuum pumps. As the sole importer of Anest Iwata finishing equipment into the North American market, we continue to introduce and produce the most effective & reliable finishing equipment in the world.

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