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Hyundai grows compact equipment focus in North America with dedicated team

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The new HD Hyundai Construction Equipment North America compact equipment team (l to r) are Mike Ross, senior VP; Darren Wallace, district manager, Central region; Mike Dahs, district manager, Western region; Brian Slavinski, district manager, Northeastern U.S. and Eastern Canada; Jeff Pate, VP of compact sales; and Dale McLemore, senior dealer development and national accounts manager. Hyundai Construction Equipment North America

Following the addition of new skid-steer and compact track loaders at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2023, plus expansions of its compact excavator line, HD Hyundai Construction Equipment North America has formed a team dedicated to compact equipment sales and support throughout the region.

Jeff Pate will lead Hyundai's new Compact Equipment Sales division as vice president, reporting to HD Hyundai CE North America senior VP Mike Ross. "Jeff is a proven, dynamic and passionate leader, with 20-plus years in dealer and channel development, market intelligence, and strategic planning, including more than 10 years' experience in the compact equipment sector," Ross said.

Reporting directly to Pate are four new team members, each of whom will be responsible for sales and dealer development in distinct regions covering the United States and Canada.

Dale McLemore, an industry veteran with 35 years experience in compact equipment, is joining the company as senior dealer development and national accounts manager for compact equipment covering the southeastern region. Brian Slavinski brings 12 years of experience to his role as district manager for the Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada, including extensive knowledge of the equipment industry from both the retail and manufacturing side.  

Darren Wallace, district manager for the Central region of the U.S. and Canada, also brings a wealth of knowledge to the team, with 20 years of industry experience in sales and dealer development. And finally, Mike Dahs joins the team as district manager for the Western region of the U.S. and Canada. Mike has spent the last two years on the OEM side of the business, following nine years of retail experience working for a successful multi-line construction equipment dealer.

"During the past two years, we have added many compact-only Hyundai equipment dealers to our expanding network and will continue to aggressively recruit new dealers to support the sales momentum and growth we are seeing in this area," Ross said. "We are excited about the creation of this new, dedicated compact equipment team and the support they will provide to Hyundai dealers and customers who are using our compact machines."

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