Lippert Components promotes Ryan Smith to Senior Vice President (SVP) of Sales & Operations
Elkhart, Ind. — Lippert Components, Inc. (LCI®) is proud to announce that Ryan Smith has been promoted to Senior Vice President (SVP) of Sales & Operations. Smith previously held the position of Vice President of LCI’s Interior Division. In his new position, Smith will oversee all sales and operations for the over 60 divisions that comprise LCI Industries, North America.
Smith’s entire professional career has been spent in the RV and marine industries. Smith began his career with Seating Technologies, a Goshen, Indiana-based furniture manufacturer, immediately after graduating from Indiana University South Bend (IUSB). After LCI acquired Seating Technologies in 2008, Smith’s role pivoted to sales, and ultimately, operations and product development for LCI’s newly formed Interior Division. Over the next ten years, the Interior Division would fuel LCI’s growth and come to be one of the Company’s largest business units. Smith helped organically grow LCI’s Interior Division from $30 million in 2008 to over $300 million in 2017.
Smith will bring a similar intensity to his new role as SVP of Sales & Operations. “My entire career has been spent within LCI’s operations while building relationships with our key customers. This is what I know, and this is what I am passionate about. Over the last five years, I have been blessed to be part of the cultural transformation that we’ve experienced here at LCI, and I am excited to step into this leadership role and help keep this momentum going,” said Smith. “LCI has very talented sales and operations teams, and I’m excited and honored to work with them.”
Jason Lippert, CEO of LCI, adds that Ryan’s in-depth knowledge of product innovation, sales and operations perfectly suit him for this role. “Ryan brings an incredible passion for building great teams, product innovation and building great customer relationships. His track record at LCI speaks for itself. I know he will excel in this new role, and I am excited to see how his unique big-picture perspective will continue to fuel LCI’s tremendous growth,” said Lippert. In addition, Lippert stated, “I am proud of Ryan in many ways, especially in that he has played a key role in helping launch and support our Everyone Matters work culture transformation.”
Smith added, “In the end, my goal is to continue to take team member engagement, operational improvement and effectiveness with our customers to the next level. I want to continue to push our teams to innovate and inspire new and exciting products for the industries that we serve. We’ve built tremendous momentum over the last several years, and I’m grateful for this opportunity to lead our teams on this journey.”
From over 90 manufacturing and distribution facilities located throughout North America and Europe, LCI Industries, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, LCI, supplies, domestically and internationally, a broad array of highly engineered components for the leading OEMs in the recreation and transportation product markets, consisting primarily of recreational vehicles and adjacent industries, including buses; trailers used to haul boats, livestock, equipment, and other cargo; trucks; boats; trains; manufactured homes; and modular housing. The Company also supplies engineered components to the related aftermarkets of these industries primarily by selling to retail dealers, wholesale distributors, and service centers. LCI's products include steel chassis and related components; axles and suspension solutions; slide-out mechanisms and solutions; thermoformed bath, kitchen, and other products; vinyl, aluminum, and frameless windows; manual, electric, and hydraulic stabilizer and leveling systems; entry, luggage, patio, and ramp doors; furniture and mattresses; electric and manual entry steps; awnings and awning accessories; towing products; truck accessories; electronic components; and other accessories. Additional information about LCI and its products can be found at LCI1.com.
Lippert Components, Inc.
3501 County Road 6 East
Elkhart, IN 46514