ROUSH CleanTech, a developer of propane autogas vehicle technologies, has hired five professionals to help the company drive continued growth in its light- and medium-duty Ford commercial vehicle and Blue Bird school bus business lines.
Steve Whaley has been tapped to launch ROUSH CleanTech's Ford F-650 and F-59 stripped chassis autogas systems, particularly among logistics and linen-industry fleets. He spent the past seven years coordinating turnkey alternative fuel solutions for vehicle technology, refueling infrastructure and competitive fuel pricing for private and public fleets.
Joe Rudolph, who had spearheaded the propane autogas program for the Indiana Department of Transportation, has joined ROUSH CleanTech to concentrate on fleet analysis and sales in the telecommunications and transit industries. He also has a background in automotive and equipment repair, fleet and organizational management, and alternative fuel vehicle sales.
In his new role, Don Manfredi will provide fleet analysis and solutions to integrate propane vehicles in the services industry. He has 20 years of experience in automotive manufacturing in a broad range of positions, including global business development, operations management, application engineering and sales.
Derek Whaley brings to ROUSH CleanTech firsthand knowledge of propane autogas from previous employment at two propane distribution companies, where he established autogas infrastructure for private and public fleets in various markets and worked with fleet managers to deploy propane autogas. His emphasis at ROUSH CleanTech is the public sector, including school districts and government municipalities.
Also, Phillip Mailey – who was formerly with General Motors – has joined the company to provide propane solutions for school districts and government municipalities. He has three decades of automotive expertise, including in dealer network relations, contract negotiations and business development.
ROUSH CleanTech notes that its staff now numbers 80. That figure was six in 2010.