Draper names Chris Broome president as the company enters the new decade.
Broome becomes only the fifth president in the company’s 118-year history after John Pidgeon stepped down following 15 years in the role.
“It has been an honor to serve as Draper’s President for the last 15 years, but the time has come to pass the torch,” stated Pidgeon in a statement to Draper employees.
Broome has been with Draper since 1992 serving in several capacities, most recently as architectural market manager.
“Chris has been preparing for this job for many years, and he will do it well,” continues Pidgeon. “Draper’s culture is strong and will endure and I am confident that our best years are yet to come.”
“I am honored to carry on the family tradition at Draper,” adds Broome.
“I realize that I have big shoes to fill, but like John, I am very confident about Draper’s future.”
The move also led to several other management changes. Lee Denhart replaces Chris Broome as architectural market manager. Denhart came to the Draper sales team in 1989. Jentry Wittkamper assumes Denhart’s former position as director of sales. Wittkamper joined Draper in 1997 and most recently served as export sales manager and lifts and mounts product manager.
John Pidgeon will continue as chairman of the board of directors, and Mike Broome remains in his role as vice president of manufacturing.