Kawasaki engine division bolsters dealer sales team

Bryant Huyser

On April 26, Kawasaki Engines, a division of Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A., announced the promotion of Bryant Huyser to a regional sales manager of the company’s dealer sales team. This group has also added two new dealer sales managers, Shawn Blatt and Mike Miller.

Huyser has been with Kawasaki for nine years, holding various inventory and sales management positions. Most recently, he was OEM sales manager based in the company’s headquarters in Grand Rapids, Mich. He will continue to be based at that location with overall dealer sales responsibility for the Central Region. The region encompasses the states of Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado, Montana and Kansas, as well as parts of Nevada, Utah, Oklahoma, Ohio, Arkansas and Pennsylvania.

“Bryant brings an exceptional understanding of the company’s needs to his new position, and I’m confident his proven leadership abilities will benefit both the sales team and our dealers,” said Karen Howard, director of dealer sales.

Blatt has more than 20 years of balanced experience in the outdoor power equipment industry, having held positions as both a corporate territorial sales manager and as the owner/operator of a turf equipment dealership and service center in the Kansas City, Mo., area. He will continue to be based in the region and will be responsible for dealer sales and development in northern Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, western Missouri and eastern Oklahoma.

Miller’s sales area will encompass Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah and Nevada, and he will remain based in Washington. His prior background includes more than a decade of territorial sales in environmental services, medical device manufacturing, and the precision tool and gauge industries.

A six-year U.S. Navy veteran, Miller holds an associate in applied science degree in business administration from Heald Business College.

According to Howard, these additions will strengthen an experienced team of dealer-oriented field representatives and “bring added perspective to the issues that our dealers face in an ever-changing industry.”

Kawasaki currently markets more than 40 general-purpose engines, most of which are produced by Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corp., U.S.A., in its Maryville, Mo.-based facility, which has turned out in excess of eight million units.

Headquartered in Grand Rapids, Kawasaki Engines distributes gasoline engines for landscape, industrial and consumer markets. It sells to and services customers through a network of more than 40 OEMs, 15 distributors, and more than 7,500 independent dealers throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, select countries in Central and South America, and the U.S. Trust Territories of the Pacific, including Guam.

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