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PIAA's Rodger L. Wagner to Retire; Curt Bryant Promoted to EVP

logo.2014.piaa.jpgPortland, OR, December 1, 2014 – Rodger L. Wagner, Executive Vice President of PIAA North America, has announced his retirement, effective December 15, 2014. Replacing him in this position is Curt Bryant, former Operations Manager and Controller for the company.

Wagner retires after three years with PIAA (pronounced pe'-uh). His retirement puts an exclamation point on a checkered and successful career in the North American automotive aftermarket. Prior to his tenure with PIAA, Wagner held executive sales and management positions with such industry-leading companies as Robert Bosch, LLC, Tenneco Automotive, and KYB, LLC. He leaves a track record of sales growth and enhanced profitability at each of these former posts, due to his intimate insights into the needs of distributors, retailers, and installers, as well as his vision for successful marketing strategies.

Replacing Wagner is Curt Bryant, who moves up from Operations Manager & Controller of the company. Bryant is a three year veteran of PIAA who brings a unique blend of talents in finance and marketing to this new position, with a B.S. degree in marketing and an M.B.A.

Bryant’s career path has led him to be especially well-qualified for this new position. Prior to joining PIAA, Bryant was a financial administrator for JPMorgan Chase & Co. where he managed banking and investment strategies. Before that he served as Director of Sales and Marketing for LRD Performance Specialties Inc., a supplier of aftermarket accessories. And he previously served as Senior Merchandiser for SAS Retail Merchandising.

Said Wagner, “PIAA has enjoyed increased sales and profits in North America in the last few years thanks to Curt and other dedicated members of the PIAA team. I’m grateful to have been part of this effort, and I know that this growth will continue under Curt’s leadership. He has demonstrated a keen understanding of PIAA’s business and posture in the aftermarket, while managing the financial side of our business efficiently and effectively. The company will be in good hands under Curt’s direction.”

Following his official retirement, Wagner will continue to serve as a consultant to the company.

PIAA Corporation is a global leader in the design and manufacture of replacement and specialty lighting products for the on- and off-highway automotive, powersports, all-terrain, and motorsports industries. Founded in 1963, The PIAA Corporation offers a half-century of expertise in developing and manufacturing world-class products that customers can use with pride and confidence. Offerings include Halogen, H.I.D. (High Intensity Discharge), and LED (Light Emitting Diode) lamp assemblies and bulbs, as well as a variety of related bulbs, installation kits, silicone wiper blades, and accessories. Visit the company’s web site: www.piaa.com

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