Legendary Companies Hires Steve Zitkus As New CFO

first_img“Steve is a fantastic addition to our team,” said Legendary Companies President and CEO Wade Kawasaki. “He’s a passionate enthusiast who understands our industry and has strong financial experience having led large organizations to success. We are confident he will contribute to the continued growth and expansion of Legendary Companies” Legendary Companies, the holding company that includes Coker Tire, Wheel Vintiques, Universal Vintage Tire, Phoenix Race Tires, Specialty Wheel, MOR, Vintage Wheel Works, PS Engineering and Roadster Wire Wheel, announced recently that it has appointed Steve Zitkus as its new CFO. Zitkus comes to Legendary Companies with more than 30 years of experience, most recently with Edelbrock Corporation where he served as its CFO. Zitkus will work with Legendary’s CEO Wade Kawasaki to guide the company through its continued growth and expansion. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement Zitkus, a longtime finance professional, joined Edelbrock Corporation as in 2014 as its CFO and previously served as financial group controller at Illinois Tool Works, a parts manufacturer and top tier supplier to automotive OEMs. Zitkus completed his Bachelor of Science in Accountancy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign before beginning his career as a certified public accountant.  “We are pleased to welcome Steve to the capable team at Legendary Companies,” said Phil Carpenter III, co-managing partner of Irving Place Capital. “We are excited to continue building the leadership group as we execute against attractive opportunities to expand Legendary Companies through the addition of leading aftermarket businesses.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Wade Kawasaki (Left), Phil Carpenter (Middle) & Steve Zitkus (Right) With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.last_img read more

Historical House Tour

first_img Share The East Hampton Historical Society hosted the 2019 House & Garden Tour, showcasing some of the finest examples of architecture in the Hamptons. From sea to bay, this year’s tour — comprised of five noteworthy homes and gardens — offered a one-time-only glimpse inside some of East Hampton’s most storied residences. With over 600 attendees, the tour enjoyed the largest attendance in its 35-year history.last_img

Turkish President Erdogan says they won’t be silent over mercenaries in…

first_imgTurkish President Erdogan says West ignores famine in Africa Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan attends an interview with Reuters at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey, April 25, 2017. REUTERS/Umit Bektas Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in a past interview with Reuters at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey, April 25, 2017./REUTERSPresident Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that Turkey will not stay silent over Russian-backed mercenaries supporting Khalifa Haftar in Libya, as Moscow voiced concerns over possible Turkish military deployment to Libya in support of Haftar’s enemies.Turkey has backed Libya’s internationally recognized government led by Fayez al-Serraj and the two sides signed a security agreement last month which could deepen military cooperation between them.Turkey has already sent military supplies to Libya in violation of a United Nations arms embargo, according a report by U.N. experts seen by Reuters last month. It said Serraj’s Government of National Accord (GNA) asked Turkey for help after Haftar received support from Jordan and the United Arab Emirates.Turkey had not responded directly to the assertions in the report, but Erdogan said Ankara could not ignore the support that Haftar was receiving from the Kremlin-linked Wagner group.“Through the group named Wagner, they are literally working as Haftar’s mercenaries in Libya. You know who is paying them,” Erdogan was quoted by broadcaster NTV as saying on a flight back from Malaysia.“That is the case, and it would not be right for us to remain silent against all of this. We have done our best until now, and will continue to do so,” he added.Erdogan’s comments come a day after Serraj’s government said it ratified last month’s security and military accord with Ankara, opening the way for greater Turkish support, as it fights a months-long offensive by Haftar’s forces.Related Turkish President Erdogan to attend BRICS Summitcenter_img Turkish President has demanded the release of former Egyptian Presidentlast_img read more

‘We relish the back-to-back matches’ – Holden

first_imgBut it’s something to thrive off, particularly with the Robins attempting to make it three wins from as many games.“Momentum is really important on the back of such a good win against Derby and we hope to continue that,” Holden explained ahead of the weekend’s trip to Hull City.“Hull is a long trip for everyone involved and we hope to send our supporters home happy. Momentum in football is key and we’re really concentrating on making sure our performance is right, like it was the other night, and if we get our performance right then we have a real chance of getting a result.”City faced QPR at Ashton Gate before travelling to Derby County where they recorded six points from both matches but preparation and rest in between fixtures is of paramount importance if the players are to be able to perform.“Two away games in the space of four days is always tough, one and off the pitch and we have to be professional with our recovery,” Holden continued. “It’s a long trip to Hull but it’s one we are looking forward to, trying to build on another win and three wins in a week would be fantastic.”Consecutive away days also means more miles for City’s dedicated fanbase to travel but everyone connected with the club is grateful for that incredible support.And if there’s one thing a positive performance and result can do this Saturday, it’s send supporters home “with big smiles on their faces”Holden said: “The support from our fans is so important, whether they are in the stadium or at home, we feel the support. The players have been commenting about their reactions on social media and it’s important not to get carried away of course but there’s a real feel-good factor.“We’ll be really grateful to the fans who travel up to Hull at the weekend and we want to send them home happy with big smiles on their faces.”Back the boys at the KCOMlast_img read more