20/09/2016 - 08:46 am

Terry Crump Retires, Vince Trotta takes over as Samson Director of Sales

Samson, a leader in performance cordage, announced that after 18 years of service, Terry Crump will retire as director of sales on 30 September 2016. Vince Trotta has been named as Crump’s successor, Crump will remain on staff until the end of February 2017 to support Vince during the transition.

Crump’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.

Crump 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, vice president of sales and marketing for Samson. “He’s long been recognised as a technical expert, an advocate for his customers, and an inspirational leader by his peers inside and outside of the company.”

Trotta’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, Trotta 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, Trotta’s education and experience are an excellent complement to Samson. Trotta 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,” said 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.”


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