Blastrac NA announced the promotions of Jonn Rippman to national sales manager and training director and Paul Robb to engineering manager.
Rippman has 23 years of experience in surface-preparation methods and technologies, including grinding, cutting, scraping, shot blasting, and polishing. He was a field service engineer for nine years, a regional manager for another nine years, and was Blastrac national training director for the past five years.
Rippman created and continues to implement the comprehensive SPARC (Surface Preparation Academic Resource Center) training classes. The training center incorporates a hands-on classroom approach to educate participants in the basic principles of most surface-preparation methods and techniques. As national sales manager, he will work closely with regional sales managers and distributors in the development of new territories, and will help develop sales and market-share strategies in North, Central, and South America, the company said.