Grote announces key executive appointments

Nov. 20, 2009
Grote Industries, a leading manufacturer of high-performance LED lighting technology, has appointed Jim Braun as CFO and John Grote as vp of sales & marketing. The company said the appointments were made so it could “call on knowledgeable, energetic and seasoned executive staff as it looks toward the future

Grote Industries, a leading manufacturer of high-performance LED lighting technology, has appointed Jim Braun as CFO and John Grote as vp of sales & marketing. The company said the appointments were made so it could “call on knowledgeable, energetic and seasoned executive staff as it looks toward the future.”

Braun, who holds a BBA from the University of Cincinnati and MBA from Ball State University, first joined Grote in the mid-‘80s as manager of general accounting. After serving as controller, continuous improvement coordinator, vp of manufacturing and executive vp of fleet/OE business, Braun was moved into the position of vpt of corporate strategic planning & development.

“Jim has an exemplary record of success and leadership,” said president & COO Dominic Grote. “His intimate understanding of our business is an extraordinary asset.”

John Grote joined the family-owned business in 1999 as brand manager and held positions as marketing manager and aftermarket sales and marketing director. He holds a BS from Clemson University and an MBA from Indiana University. In 2005, Grote was tapped to lead the company’s efforts in establishing a European office and became the first managing director of Grote Industries Europe.

“We have a great deal to accomplish both domestically and internationally and John’s global perspective and ability to see the bigger picture in context, will be invaluable in our decision-making process,” Dominic Grote said. “I’m excited to have him back here in Madison, as part of our Executive Management Team.

“We’re already introducing exciting new products, successfully challenging international and domestic competitors and getting closer than ever to our customers” Grote added. “Now, with Jim and John in position, I see setting a new standard for both the company and the industry at large.”

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