Volvo Penta VP will be honored with manufacturing award

The Manufacturing Institute said Marcia Kull was named one of the top women in U.S. manufacturing for 2016.
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The Manufacturing Institute said Marcia Kull, vice president of marine sales for Volvo Penta of the Americas, was named one of the top women in U.S. manufacturing for 2016.

Kull and other honorees will be recognized at the fourth annual Women in Manufacturing Science, Technology, Engineering and Production (STEP) Ahead Awards at a gala dinner April 21 in Washington, D.C.

The STEP Ahead Awards celebrate women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their careers in all levels of the manufacturing industry, from the factory floor to the C-suite.

“These 130 women are the faces of exciting careers in manufacturing,” The Manufacturing Institute executive director Jennifer McNelly said in a statement. “We chose to honor these women because they each made significant achievements in manufacturing through a positive impact on their company and the industry as a whole. The STEP Ahead Awards are part of the larger STEP Ahead initiative, launched to examine and promote the role of women in the manufacturing industry through recognition, research and leadership for attracting, advancing and retaining strong female talent.”

As Volvo Penta’s vice president of marine sales for the Americas, Kull has profit-and-loss responsibility for marine engine sales in a competitive territory that covers Canada to Panama and the Caribbean. Before joining the marine engine sales division in 2011, Kull was the company’s general counsel. Before that, she was vice president of dealer and consumer relations.

“Marcia Kull has leveraged all of the experience she’s gained working across the industry to help her succeed as a commercial leader to promote Volvo Penta,” said Ron Huibers, president of Volvo Penta of the Americas. “She is highly respected by her peers, customers, and even competitors for her depth of knowledge of Volvo Penta products and markets, and she has taken on great responsibility with her involvement in industry and governmental organizations that serve the national marine community.”

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