Winegard Co. announced today (Sept. 12) the promotion of Grant Whipple to president, according to a news release, replacing Jon Manley.
Whipple has logged a 12-year tenure of increasing responsibility with the Burlington, Iowa, company, most recently as general manager of enterprise antenna solutions and as director of sales and business development for Winegard’s global sales team.
He has contributed significantly to Winegard’s growth and sales across the entire company, including the design, launch and distribution of more than 20 new antenna solutions, the release stated. Whipple was also integral in helping achieve significant market share in the RV satellite marketplace.
In addition to serving as general manager and directing the sales and business development initiatives, Whipple’s positions with the company since 2004 have included, consumer electronics product and sales manager; national sales manager, and regional sales manager for mobile products.
Additionally, Winegard has made key transitions within the company, including:
• Tom Faludy, senior advisor at Winegard since 2014, will act as interim general manager over the consumer products business unit while continuing in his overall advisory capacity. Since completing a 30-year career in 2010 with the Scott Fetzer Co. as executive vice president, Faludy has held concurrent independent directorships at publicly held Coast Distribution System Inc. and Jayco Corp. Currently, he serves on several company boards and is also the international group leader and advisor at Lippert Components Inc. and advisor at Cal Spas in Pomona, Calif. Faludy has served RVIA as a member of the board, and as co-founder and chairman of the GO RVing Coalition. Faludy was inducted into the RV Hall of Fame in 2006
• Jason Helling is the new product manager for mobile satellite, overseeing all satellite product operations for the development, production, introduction and success of the RV, trucking and consumer markets. During his tenure with Winegard, Helling has played a significant role in bringing Winegard’s TRAV’LER, RoadTrip, Carryout, Wingman, Rayzar, FlatWave, and DISH Playmaker RV antennas to market.
• Keith Larson, director of sales and marketing – RV market, will now be responsible for all sales and marketing objectives for both the RV OEM and RV aftermarket channels. Larson has helped Winegard record double-digit growth in the RV channel, played a critical role in the launching of new RV products. He also implemented Winegard’s dealer training program which has trained more than 7,000 dealer technicians and installers at more than 1,500 dealerships.