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

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