CPS names new sales manager

Fred Kolacki

Fred Kolacki

CPS Distributors said Fred Kolacki was hired as its Southeast regional sales manager. Kansas City, MO-based CPS specializes in audio equipment and specialty lighting.

A statement noted that Kolacki has 25 years of experience in marine AC and DC electrical systems, including manufacturing, product development, marketing and sales. Before joining CPS, Kolacki worked at Novatron Corp., a global manufacturer of custom instrument switch panels, control panels, AC/DC distribution panels and electrical wiring harnesses. He also was national sales manager at Charles Industries, a Chicago-based manufacturer of marine electrical components.

Kolacki has been on the American Boat and Yacht Council’s technical committee, chairman of its educational committee and a member of the board of directors.

“In addition to being an asset to our existing team, his passion for boating and marine equipment makes him a great fit for CPS,” CPS vice president Brandon Lang said in a statement.

Kolacki will be responsible for the strategic development and launch of a new line of high-performance audio equipment called the Kicker Media Center.

“My lifelong love of boating includes many years on the Great Lakes, including my first job as a marine patrol officer,” Kolacki said.


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