Maruyama U.S., Inc. announced the appointment of industry leader Pete Fernald as the company’s new technical services manager April 23.
Pete FernaldWith an industrial education degree and an early stint as a high-school machine shop and welding instructor, Fernald comes to Maruyama with impressive credentials in the outdoor power equipment industry, including training roles with Pioneer Chain Saws and Silvey Grinders. He also served as the director of technical services & training for Shindaiwa, Inc., for the past 28 years. Fernald’s storied career includes having several articles published on fuel and oil recommendations, small engine maintenance, and saw chain grinding techniques. He is well known and respected by distributors and dealers around the world for his high-quality and high-energy training programs. Always a strong and active supporter of vocational/technical training curriculums, for the past decade Fernald has served as the chairman of the 2-cycle committee for the Equipment and Engine Training Council (EETC). He was elected president of the EETC in 2005.
“Pete Fernald adds tremendous strength and abilities to Maruyama,” said Tom Glaze, vice president and general manager at Maruyama U.S. “His training expertise, industry knowledge and general know-how will serve our customers very well.” Added Leif Ringstad, Maruyama general sales manager, “Through his actions, Pete has truly elevated the industry. He is highly respected in the distributor and dealer network; we are very pleased Pete has joined our organization, and we look forward to tapping into his expertise for many years to come.”
Fernald said that he is equally excited about joining Maruyama U.S. “Maruyama is an excellent opportunity to be part of a growing organization that is setting up clean, independent 2-step distribution,” he said. “I highly value Maruyama’s ethical approach in going to market with quality, Japanese-made products. It reminds me of similar values former president Tom Bunch championed throughout his well-known career at Shindaiwa, Inc.”