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Matthew Roberson Promoted to Vice President of Sales for Sumitomo Machinery Corporation of America

June 7, 2009

Stefanie Burns, Marketing Communications Manager
Sumitomo Machinery Corporation of America
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Sumitomo Drive Technologies Senior Management announces the promotion of Mr. Matthew Roberson to the position of Vice President of Sales for Sumitomo Machinery Corporation of America (SMA) effective June 2, 2009.  Mr. Roberson graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Business Management from Hiram College and earned an MBA from Ashland University.  His power transmission experience spans more than 20 years with companies like Monsanto and Rexnord.  He has held positions in field service, sales, sales management and channel management.

Matt joined SMA in August of 2006 as a Regional Sales Manager in the Cleveland, OH area.  He was promoted to Regional Vice President of the Northeast Region in 2007 and to National Sales Manager in June of 2008.  Matt has personally been involved with the expansion of SMA’s national distributor relationships.  Since coming to Chesapeake Headquarters, he has led not only the USA sales force, but also Customer Service, Marketing Communications, Aftermarket Sales and Distribution Channel Management divisions.  His proven skills and leadership will continue to be instrumental in SMA’s future growth and success.

Mr. Ron Smith, President and CEO announced on June 2nd, “We need to sell our way to prosperity.  Never can I recall a more critical time than this moment to have the absolute best leadership in our sales organization.  It is my pleasure to announce the promotion of Matt Roberson to Vice President of Sales for Sumitomo Machinery Corporation of America.”  Mr. Smith says of Mr. Roberson, “Matt possesses a passion for our business, loyalty to our company and employees, and a leadership style that brings out commitment and enthusiasm from those fortunate to work directly with him”.  Mr. Roberson brings an intimate knowledge of the power transmission industry, a keen understanding of the internal SMA organization, and a comprehensive knowledge of the marketing channels to this key leadership position.  In his acceptance speech, Mr. Roberson stated, “Like many of you, I am convinced when we emerge from this economic crisis, the lessons we learn today and the processes we develop in these challenging times will make us a more efficient, more effective and more customer driven organization than we ever imagined.  I accept the challenges and responsibilities of this new role and promise you – I will not let you down.”

SMA is continuously improving our organization to increase our value to our customers, both internal and external.  This move is another example of our drive to strengthen our foundation of business excellence.  For additional information on the promotion of Mr. Matthew Roberson to the position of VP of Sales for SMA contact Stefanie Burns.

Left, Ron Smith, President/CEO; Right, Matt Roberson, Newly appointed VP of Sales

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