Calico Strengthens Leadership

Jul 15, 2015

Performance coatings applicator Calico Coatings has hired a new general manager and new chief financial officer, even while it looks to expand into Texas.

“As a native of Texas and a lifelong racer, I live by the motto, ‘Go big or go home,'” said Tracy Trotter, Calico Coatings president.

Russ Salerno is Calico’s new general manager. Salerno comes to Calico Coatings with a diverse background as an accomplished business consultant with more than 20 years of experience in organizational leadership and execution performance, according to a press release.

In 1997, he co-founded ExecuSource, an employee leasing company located in Charlotte, N.C. Shortly thereafter, he embarked on a new adventure in NASCAR, serving as the pit crew coach/coordinator for Dale Jarrett and the #88 UPS Racing Team.

“I’m honored to be here at Calico,” said Salerno. “I’ve known Tracy for many years and we’ve often discussed the work I do and how it could positively impact Calico. The timing was finally right and I’m excited about the opportunity to serve as a part of the Calico Coatings team.”

Ambrose Kalmbach is Calico’s new CFO. Kalmbach has spent the past 14 years serving as a split-time CFO for numerous companies in the Charlotte area, helping them manage their growth and finding creative solutions to their financial, managerial and strategic challenges, the company noted.

“Ambrose is already making a significant impact on how we manage the financial side of our business,” said Trotter.  “He understands how that empowers our company mission.”

Since moving its operations to a new 20,000-square-foot. location on Balsam Ridge Road in Denver, N.C., Calico is now exploring opportunities to open a second facility in Trotter’s home state of Texas, according to the release.

“We want to be more accessible to our growing oil and gas, and firearms customer base in the Texas region,” said Trotter. “Plus, with the close ties I have in Texas business community, I’ve always wanted Calico to have a presence in the state.”