Southern Aluminum announced the appointments on August 30 of two new executives in response to the company’s continued growth.
Dave Merwitz joins as chief operating officer and John Menghini will serve as executive vice president of Sales and Marketing.
Merwitz brings a wealth of executive operational experience to Southern Aluminum. He most recently served as vice president of Operations for Confluence Outdoors where he drove significant improvement in all aspects of the business. Prior to that, Merwitz served as general manager of Novaria Group, a leading supplier of fasteners to the aerospace and defense industries.
He has also held senior leadership positions with MacLean-Fogg Component Solutions, Honeywell, Guilford Textiles, and Piston Automotive.
Prior to joining the civilian workforce, Merwitz served eight years active duty as a sergeant in the United States Marine Corps.
John Menghini joins Southern Aluminum from Towne Park, where he had more than 20 years of sales and sales management experience. He was vice president of Hospitality National Accounts. In that position, Menghini was responsible for managing national relationships with many of the hotel industry’s largest owners and operators. Prior to that, he served as regional vice president and as national sales manager for Towne Park.
Menghini previously spent eight years with Veritas Partners, a private equity firm with investments in manufacturing and real estate. Menghini will work from the company’s new Kansas City office where he will focus on expanding the national sales team and developing deeper strategic relationships.
“We are thrilled that Dave and John have joined Southern Aluminum as they are both proven leaders who will be integral to the company’s continued growth. They have demonstrated a passionate focus on maintaining Southern Aluminum’s legacy of customer-centric service and innovative design,” said Allison Schultz, CEO and president.
“We conducted an extensive search for the caliber of professionals who could successfully implement our strategy and take advantage of significant opportunities in the marketplace. We are very confident in the positive long-term impact Dave and John will have at Southern Aluminum,” she said.
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