Toyota Material Handling
Toyota Material Handling (TMH) has promoted Bill Byrd and Dan Kossow to director–level positions. As director of dealer development, Byrd is charged with managing the company’s relationships with its industry-leading network of independent and equity dealers. Byrd, a 24-year industry veteran, has held several key roles since arriving at TMH in 2016, including his most recent position senior sales manager for national accounts. In addition to his current responsibilities overseeing the company’s Heavy Duty Division, Kossow will assume Byrd’s former responsibilities in his new role as director of national accounts and heavy duty sales. Kossow’s industry experience spans 24 years. He joined TMH in 2019 after the company’s acquisition of HOIST Liftruck.
Women In Trucking Association
The Women In Trucking Association (WIT) has appointed Jennifer Hedrick as president and CEO. Hedrick has 17 years of association leadership experience and is an accredited executive by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). For five years she led the National Industrial Transportation League (NIT League) focusing on issues across highway, rail and ocean freight transportation. Hedrick began working with WIT in January, and will formally take on full leadership responsibilities on March 16. She assumes the role from Ellen Voie who has been president and CEO since she founded WIT in 2007.
ORBIS Corporation president Bill Ash is retiring, and will be replaced by Norm Kukuk, effective March 31, 2023. Ash joined ORBIS in 2003, was named vice-president of finance in 2004 and assumed the role of president in 2009. Kukuk started his career with ORBIS in 1998 as an associate product manager. In 2009, following numerous promotions within the product management group, he was appointed vice-president of marketing and product management. In 2018, Kukuk was named to the newly created position of vice-president and general manager of the ORBIS Custom Business Unit. In 2020, he assumed the role of executive vice-president of sales and in 2022 added marketing and product management to his responsibilities.