Conjet AB strengthens presence in North AmericanPublished 9/3, 2021 at 12:19
Conjet, the Swedish manufacturer of hydrodemolition equipment, has recently set up its first US subsidiary. The company has hired Stephen Sistrunk to serve as the CEO and Rick Larsson as its national accounts manager for the US operation.
Conjet, Inc. was established to improve the sales and after sales support available to Conjet’s North American customers. Stephen Sistrunk stated, “As the first priority in 2021, Conjet, Inc. is building a local spare parts inventory that will provide customers with readily available spare and consumable parts for our robots and other equipment. We are also in the process of establishing a physical US headquarters location with an inventory of new robots, and this location will serve as a demonstration and training centre to further educate our customers on the use and capabilities of our equipment.”
Conjet is also bringing on additional personnel to provide further sales and technical support to its customers. In March of 2020, Tim Best joined the company as the customer success manager for North America. Tim has over 20 years of experience operating hydrodemolition equipment and managing complex projects. “Tim brings vast expertise to support our customers with equipment operations, service, and project engineering,” comments Sistrunk.
CEO of North America
Effective 1 January 2021, Stephen Sistrunk joined Conjet to serve as CEO of North America. Prior to joining Conjet, Stephen spent the past four years investing in construction related technology businesses. He is a partner in Gulfstream Nordic Holdings, which invested in Conjet back in October 2019. Since making the Conjet investment, Stephen has been very active in helping the company improve its presence and customer offering in North America, as well as more generally creating market awareness of the benefits of hydrodemolition. Robert Kreicberg, Conjet’s worldwide CEO, stated: “I have worked closely with Stephen since I joined the company in January of 2020. He has done a great job of helping us formulate and launch the company’s strategy for growing the North American market, and I am extremely excited to have him join ‘Team Conjet’ in a fulltime role so that we can further strengthen our company’s presence in North America.”
National accounts manager
As the next step in Conjet’s plan for North America, as of 4 January, 2021, Rick Larsson has been the company’s national accounts manager for the U.S. Rick brings valuable experience from multiple roles such as export sales director and regional sales director for HTC Sweden AB, HTC America and Husqvarna USA. Before joining Conjet, Rick successfully established and operated his own business which performed concrete grinding and polishing for commercial, healthcare and industrial facilities.
“We are happy to welcome Rick to Team Conjet. Rick will play a key role in our ambition to work closer with, and support, our current and future customers in North America the best way possible. Together with the establishment of Conjet’s North American branch, Conjet Inc., and the team we are building in the US and Canada, Rick brings unique and valuable experience with his background in both manufacturing technical sales and support, as well as having the perspective of a contractor who is out in the field every day bidding, planning and executing projects. I am excited to have Rick on board. His experience and expertise will enable us to better understand and support our US customers, which is a foundational part of our future growth ambitions,” says Sistrunk.