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Great Dane Sales Management Team Realigned

Great Dane Sales Management Team Realigned

Savannah, Ga. – (January 8, 2013) Great Dane has announced a range of promotions and additions to its sales management team to better align with the company's strategic sales and customer service goals.

National Accounts
Dave Gilliland has been named VP of National Accounts, where he will oversee the company's national account sales team. A long-time industry veteran, Gilliland most recently served as Great Dane's VP of Branch Sales and Operations.

Branch Sales
Frank Stewart has been promoted to VP of Branch Sales. In his new Savannah-based position, Stewart will be responsible for new and used trailer sales throughout the company's branch network. Stewart previously served as Branch Manager of Great Dane's Little Rock and Memphis branches.

Tony Neven has been added to the Aftermarket group as Aftermarket Service Manager. In his new position, Neven will be responsible for spearheading the growth and development of the Great Dane service network, with a primary focus on developing the AdvantEDGE service program. He will also support the service efforts of the Great Dane domestic and international branch and dealer network. Neven has over 30 years of trailer industry experience including owning his own trailer service business.

Dealer Sales
As part of its sales management realignment, Great Dane also announced enhancements to its independent dealer and international sales team. More regional sales directors have been added and new territories have been strategically assigned across the United States, Canada, Mexico and South America.

Rob Fortney rejoined the company in a new role as a Regional Dealer Sales Director, responsible for Great Dane's northeastern U.S. dealers and Canadian dealers. In addition to his previous Great Dane experience, Fortney also served as branch manager at MHC Kenworth, and before that as general sales manager at Wabash National.

Chuck Yocom is now Regional Dealer Sales Director for Great Dane's Midwest and western U.S. dealer network. Prior to his current position, Yocom served as Great Dane's Midwest District Sales Manager and most recently as Branch Manager of Great Dane's Indianapolis branch.

Also named Dealer Sales Directors in the new structure were John Schmidt and Mike Wright, who will maintain their current roles. Schmidt is responsible for supporting Great Dane dealers in the southwest U.S. and Latin America, while Wright will continue to lead inside sales support for the company.

About Great Dane

Great Dane, a manufacturer of dry van, refrigerated and platform trailers, has long been regarded as the industry leader in technology, innovation and quality. The company is headquartered in Chicago, Ill., and has additional corporate offices in Savannah, Ga., with manufacturing plants and a parts distribution center strategically-located throughout the United States. Great Dane's network of company-owned branches and full-line independent dealers and parts-only independent dealers offer distribution points for both trailers and aftermarket parts across North and South America. Great Dane can be accessed online at www.greatdanetrailers.com.

The company's wholly-owned subsidiary, Johnson Refrigerated Truck Bodies, acquired in 2010, is the innovator and manufacturer of custom fiberglass, specialized refrigerated truck bodies and trailers that range from eight to 36-ft. in length. With headquarters in Rice Lake, Wis., markets include dairy, meat, frozen food, keg beer, live poultry, vending products, flowers and plants, and ice. Johnson Refrigerated Truck Bodies can be accessed online at www.johnsontruckbodies.com.