Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America is pleased to announce and welcome J. Scott Knoy as the new Vice President of Sales for the Wixom, Michigan based Machine Tool Division. Scott will be responsible for sales team leadership, driving revenue, strategic planning and marketing, as well as management responsibilities.
Scott brings 26 years of experience in the gear machine and tooling industry. His career includes 12 years with the Gleason-Pfauter organization working as a Regional Sales Manager in both the tooling and machinery sales groups and 14 years with GMTA (American-Wera) where he served as the Vice President of Sales, Vice President, and President.
“Scott has an impressive background in sales and executive management within the gear machine industry”, says Atsuhiro Kawaguchi, General Manager of the Mitsubishi Machine Tool Division. “Scott will aggressively lead our sales team and I believe with his leadership we will overcome this unforeseen market condition.”
Scott who resides in Howell, MI is married (Holly) and has 2 adult children (Kelsey, Karlyn). His education includes an MBA from Lawrence Technological University as well as a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Additionally, Scott served as a combat engineering officer in the U.S. Army Reserve for 10 years.
Scott will be replacing long-standing Senior Vice President Tom Kelly. Tom began his career in the machine tool business in 1987 when he started selling Mitsubishi Machine Tools for a local dealer. Two years later, he joined Mitsubishi International Corporation (the importer for MHI). After more than ten years of local success, he approached Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America with a proposal to eliminate the existing dealer network and take over all sales and service responsibilities for North America. Tom will be retiring at the end of December and will move with his wife Cayce to their home in North Carolina.
See Q&A with Tom Kelly in the December issue of IMD.