SHAKOPEE, Minn. — Feb. 23, 2017 —
RTI, a leading control and automation manufacturer for residential and commercial settings, today announced four promotions to the company’s executive and senior management team. Mike Everett, formerly Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Americas, has been appointed to Vice President of Global Sales; Brett Stokke, RTI’s Director of Communications, is now Director of Marketing; Robert Lawton moves from Manufacturing Engineer to Director of Product Management; and Chris Pauly takes on the role of Interim Technical Support Manager from Technical Support Specialist.
“RTI has a long history of delivering innovative products and solutions that our worldwide network of distributors and dealers can use to successfully build their businesses,” said Ed McConaghay, CEO, RTI. “As we move forward, we want to continue strengthening the relationships with our customers. These organizational changes are all part of listening to our partners’ needs, delivering impeccable service and support, and ultimately making it easier to do business with RTI on a global scale.”
Everett has over 30 years of experience in the AV industry. He joined RTI in 2006 as Regional Sales Manager, rising to General Manager of Pro Control in 2009, and Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Americas, in 2015. In his new role as VP of Global Sales, Everett will oversee worldwide sales activities for RTI and its Pro Control division. This includes developing new initiatives and business opportunities, and managing sales and marketing departments by working directly with the executive sales team, including Wim Voet, International Sales Manager, EMEA, and Greg Revell, Director of International Business, Asia Pacific.
For more than 11 years, Stokke has been part of the RTI family and has served as the Director of Communications since 2013. In his new post as Director of Marketing, he will be responsible for creating and managing all of the marketing resources to support RTI’s distributors and dealers worldwide. This will include new efforts to make materials more accessible, localized, and tailored to all of the markets RTI serves.
With a degree in electrical engineering from Staffordshire University, Lawton has more than 20 years of experience in project engineering and management roles. He has worked for several electrical, mechanical, and software companies including IMI and HTI. In 2013, he was appointed to the position of Manufacturing Engineer at RTI. As the company’s new Director of Product Management, Lawton will now be responsible for identifying, designing, and managing RTI’s product development roadmap.
Pauly started with RTI in 2013 as a Technical Support Specialist, providing top-level support. With a background in product testing and IT network configuration, Pauly has also contributed to the company’s IT management initiatives to strengthen RTI’s internal operations. In his new role, he will lead expansion of RTI’s tech support department in terms of increased personnel and resources.
Each of these executives is actively leading efforts to identify and implement additional technology and human resources to support their new roles.
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Celebrating 25 years of innovation, RTI delivers the connected world to users’ fingertips via advanced control and automation systems for residential and commercial applications. The company’s award-winning solutions let users take complete control over their home or business with ease, bringing together entertainment, distributed A/V, lighting, climate, security, and more into one simple user interface. For dealers, RTI’s systems are backed by the company’s renowned Integration Designer(R) programming software, which allows them to deliver a completely customized control experience and powerful third-party integration.
Guided by a passion for redefining the limits of engineering, the RTI portfolio of powerful, yet affordable, central processors, A/V distribution products, Apple(R) and Android(TM) apps, in-wall touchpanels, and beautiful handheld remotes deliver smart and reliable control in elegant form factors. Part of the RTI family of innovative control solutions, the Pro Control line of easy-to-program handheld remote controls, control processors, and ProPanel(R) app are engineered with RTI’s advanced capabilities built-in and bring unprecedented value to professionally installed electronic systems. Together, RTI and Pro Control are setting the standard for enhanced, fully customizable control and automation solutions for every application.
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Front row (L-R): Robert Lawton, Chris Pauly. Back row (L-R): Michael Everett, Brett Stokke
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