Peterson Manufacturing Co. of Grandview, Mo., has announced new hires and personnel changes within the company, including corporate vice presidents and executive positions within Peterson’s OEM sales and Maxi-Seal divisions:
Steve Hickerson was named as the new vice president of finance — only the third individual to hold that office in Peterson’s 64-year history. Hickerson earned his CPA while employed by Ernst & Young in Kansas City, Mo. He went on to serve as controller for a subsidiary of Didde Corp. in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., before joining Peterson as controller in 1993. Hickerson assumes the duties of outgoing chief financial officer and vice president of finance, Nick Auer, who announced his retirement after 26 years with the company. Auer, who joined Peterson from Arthur Andersen & Co. in 1983, will continue to serve the company in a consulting role as an independent contractor.