King Names Sales, Product Managers

Mar 26, 2012

High-performance engine bearing company King Engine Bearings has named J. Michael Flynn as the company’s new sales manager.

He takes over for Ron Ruppert, who will now serve as product manager for the company, according to a press release.

Flynn comes to King Engine Bearings from ACL Distribution, Kentwood, Mich., where he was technical sales manager from 2004-’12. In his sales management career, he’s worked for several companies that manufacture and distribute engine bearings including Hastings Mfg. Co. and ACL Automotive America, the release noted.

He earned a B.A. in management from the University of Illinois.

Ruppert has been King’s sales manager since 2005. In his new role as product manager, he will be responsible for product management, inventory management and sales assistance. In the area of product development, he will work closely with the company’s sales, marketing and engineering team to balance product and customer requirements, according to the release.

In inventory management, Ruppert will be responsible for nine warehouses that stock approximately 6,500 SKUs.