FERNDALE, Wash. – September 15, 2016 – Samson, the worldwide leader in performance cordage, reports that after 18 years of service, Terry Crump has announced his retirement and will step down as Director of Sales on September 30, 2016. Vince Trotta has been named as Terry’s successor, joining the Samson team in June of 2016. Terry will remain on staff through the end of February 2017 to support Vince during the transition.
Terry’s first position with Samson, in 1998, was General Manager of First Washington Net, in Blaine, Washington. During his tenure, his roles at Samson included: Commercial Fishing Category Manager, West Coast Regional Sales Manager for Commercial Marine, General Sales Manager for Commercial Marine, and most recently, Director of Sales for the Americas.
Terry and his team have contributed significantly to Samson’s growth. “The focus on end-user needs, customer service, and application solutions has always been a key driver for our team, and we are well-positioned to continue on this growth path under the leadership of Vince Trotta.”
“Terry’s contributions to Samson will stand the test of time,” said Joe Mazzacano, VP of Sales and Marketing for Samson. “He’s long been recognized as a technical expert, an advocate for his customers, and an inspirational leader by his peers inside and outside of the company.”
Vince’s career includes 19 years at GE in the locomotive, mining, and aircraft engine businesses. His most recent job was working for Boart Longyear, a multi-national company selling exploration drilling equipment, tooling, and services to mining exploration companies. At Boart, as Director of North American Sales, Vince led a large sales team that repeatedly exceeded plan, launched many new products, and implemented comprehensive market strategies and selling processes. Well-versed in technology and products with similar value propositions as synthetic rope, Vince’s education and experience are an excellent complement to Samson. Vince holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from West Virginia University.
“After visiting key customers during my transition with Terry, it is clear they rely on Samson’s innovation, product quality and after-sales support to make their operations the most productive and safest possible,” says Vince Trotta. “These same customers and prospective customers are challenging us to continue this innovation and service; leading to new growth opportunities at Samson. I am excited to lead the experienced Americas sales team to develop and serve these customers, as Samson also identifies new customers and grows into new markets to expand our product and service base.”
For over 130 years, Samson has been recognized as a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of high-performance ropes. Among its many innovations, Samson invented the double braid and pioneered the first high modulus polyethylene fiber ropes. Today, Samson engineers continue to pioneer the use of new fiber technology and the development of innovative coatings and constructions to produce ropes with unprecedented performance characteristics. Samson’s research and development team is meeting an ever-expanding market need for products with exceptional performance in critical applications. Samson is part of Wind River Holdings® portfolio of operating companies. For more information about Wind River Holdings® visit www.windriverholdings.com.