Shoppa’s Material Handling, one of the fastest-growing dealerships in the country providing complete material handling solutions, announces today the appointment of two new directors: Jacob Ratekin, Director of Rental & Used Remarketing, and Mike Pond, Director of Dock & Door Division.
“We are pleased to be adding two professionals to our growing leadership team at Shoppa’s who bring proven leadership and extensive industry experience,” said Jimmy Shoppa, President of Shoppa’s Material Handling. “As our company continues to grow as a complete material handling provider, our leadership remains committed to offering integrated solutions while delivering an exceptional customer experience.”
Ratekin will lead the Rental team, collaborate with the Used team, and manage the lease maturities portfolio. Ratekin has more than a decade of material handling industry experience, most recently as the Director of Fleet & Asset Management at Lift One. Prior to that, Ratekin was President & CFO of Toyota Material Handling Northeast, Inc. and also was with Toyota Material Handling USA, starting as Financial Planning & Analysis Manager and then moving to Manager of Dealer Operations. Ratekin has a B.S. in Finance and an MBA, both from Indiana University’s Kelly School of Business.
“Jacob’s significant material handling experience at both the dealership and manufacturer levels will help lift our rental and preowned business to new heights,” added Shoppa.
In his new role, Pond will oversee all innovative dock and door solutions at each of Shoppa’s nine locations. Pond brings with him an extensive background in material handling with more than 20 years of expertise in dock products, safety equipment, commercial doors, and environmental control warehouse solutions. Most of his career was spent at Southern Dock Products. Pond has a BBA in Marketing from the Lunar School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
“Mike not only brings an immense knowledge of the industry, but also his proven leadership will help grow our dock and door business,” stated Shoppa.