Taylor Guitars announces four high-level promotions
Taylor Guitars has announced four executive promotions in Sales and Finance on the heels of a record year at the company. Music Industry veterans Keith Brawley, Bryan Bear, Michael “Monte” Montefusco and David Pelletier assume new roles in 2019.
Taylor’s co-founder and CEO Kurt Listug says: ‘Taylor Guitars is a company that values successful industry leadership and experience. We think it makes for smarter business decisions, better policies for our dealers and distributors, and a more congenial workplace for our employees. The promotions earned by these individuals reflect their contributions to our success and their ability to help us grow the company in the future.’
Keith Brawley has been promoted to Chief Business Development Officer. Brawley joined the company in 2012 and has led the sales team through a period of growth for the company. In his new role, Brawley will retain overall responsibility for Sales but will also focus on Planning and Forecasting, and developing the company’s supply chain to integrate more tightly with Sales and Production. He will also oversee the company’s product portfolio and the purchasing of finished goods and raw materials.
Industry veteran Michael “Monte” Montefusco has been promoted to Vice President of Sales. In this role, Montefusco assumes primary responsibility for the entire sales team in the U.S. and Europe, as well as the international sales reps who call on the Taylor distributor network.
Bryan Bear, who joined Taylor in 2009, has been promoted to the position of Vice President of Finance. Taylor says: ‘Bear helped to develop strong Finance teams in the Taylor facilities in El Cajon, CA; Amsterdam, NL; and Tecate, Mexico. In his new role, Bear will assume responsibility for maintaining the company’s relationships with its bankers, auditors and tax professionals as well as working with the company Controllers in all three facilities’.
Finally, David Pelletier, another long-time industry veteran who joined Taylor in 2015, has been promoted to Director of Sales. According to Monte Montefusco, Taylor VP of Sales: ‘Dave is, first and foremost, a ‘guitar guy’, in the best sense of the term. Working with some of the company’s largest accounts, Dave has contributed strongly to Taylor in many ways, drawing on his experience in M.I. retail, e-commerce and manufacturing. He has in-depth knowledge of ways for our dealers and distributors to improve their sales, margin, inventory turns and service level.’
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