SALINA, KS — “Over the past 10 years, Vortex has experienced strong growth – with more on the horizon,” explained Jeff Thompson, president at Vortex. “As our entire organization grows in size and complexity, managing the company will require more specialized focus and coordination, going forward.”
With that, Vortex is pleased to announce several reassignments within its senior management team:
Jeff Thompson will continue to serve as President, managing the company’s daily business operations. He has been with Vortex since 2002.
Travis Young will assume the role as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and will manage the strategic direction of Vortex, as well as other entrepreneurial investments made by the company’s stakeholders. Previously, Young served as Executive Vice President of Marketing & Global Strategy at Vortex, overseeing the company’s Marketing team. He has been with the company since 2004.
Brian Burmaster has been appointed Senior Vice President of Global Sales. He will oversee all Vortex sales, customer service, application engineering and product design activities, including those at the company’s global offices in Europe, Central America and Asia. He has served as Vice President of Sales at Vortex since 2010. He has been with the company since 2006.
Cory Downing has been appointed Senior Vice President of Corporate Manufacturing & Development. He will oversee all Vortex manufacturing and development activities, which includes supply chain management, engineering, new product development, special projects, and facilities management. This lends well to his previous experience as a Plant & Process Engineer at Parker Hannifin for nearly eight years. Downing has served as Vice President of Engineering at Vortex since 2007. He has been with the company since 2005.
Monty Leach has been appointed Vice President of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) & Standards. He will oversee the ERP and Safety & Standards teams. Leach has served as Vice President of Manufacturing at Vortex since 1986.
Eric Montoy has been appointed Corporate Marketing Director and will assume oversight of the Vortex Marketing team. He will report directly to Young. Montoy has served as Corporate Brand Manager at Vortex since 2016. He has been with the company since 2012. Previously, Montoy served as Art Director at Leo Burnett, a globally active and industry-leading advertising agency based in Chicago. Notable Leo Burnett clients include General Motors (GM), Fiat, McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, Kellogg’s, Proctor & Gamble (P&G), Samsung, and Pfizer, among others.
These reassignments enhance Vortex’s senior management structure to account for growth, specialty and succession.
“With these revisions to the organizational structure and their related reassigning of company leaders, we now have a senior management structure that provides stronger focus and direction over our key functional areas,” explained Lee Young, executive chairman & co-founder of Vortex. “Our company has had impressive success in its 40+ year history and we believe the future holds potential for continuing a high level of success. We have great employees and a leadership team that gives us a high degree of confidence in Vortex’s future. We have and will continue to enjoy this success alongside our loyal customer base.”