December 17, 2020
Following the recent and unexpected passing of Dave Gheesling, the company’s founder, the FEI Group Board of Directors met to solidify management changes within the organization. Gheesling, who held the title of president and CEO, did a tremendous job building a team of talented professionals who will continue to run FEI Group successfully into the future.
Accordingly, the Board of Directors announced that Andy Hogan has been appointed to the role of CEO of FEI. As co-founder of FEI, Hogan is a trusted and well-respected member of the floor covering industry and has been with the organization since its inception. He is intimately involved in the full scope of business operations. The strong relationships he has formed with FEI members, vendors and the internal FEI team provide both a solid foundation and the continuity in leadership to continue the forward momentum in the business.
Additionally, the Board announced that Graham Howerton has been appointed to the role of president. Graham has served the organization in varying capacities throughout his 16-year tenure, most recently as executive vice president. Howerton’s knowledge of the industry, FEI’s business and day-to-day operations, as well as the relationships he has forged within the industry over the years, will continue to benefit the company as he takes on a larger role as president.
The FEI team remains strong, with Randy McNatt, chief financial officer; Brian Penabad, vice president of FEI Group & president of KBx and K&B Alliance; Allison Rea, vice president of marketing; and the newest business leader, Mark Erdman, senior vice president of Exterior Contractor Alliance in place.
Eddie Schukar, vice president of KBx and K& B Alliance, and Earl Ward, vice president of Exterior Contractor Alliance, are valuable members of the team, while Tonya Land, executive assistant, and Jeanine Ortega, assistant to the chief financial officer, remain at the heart of the organization.
FEI Group looks forward to announcing the addition of new, energetic members to the team in the near future.