Dominic Grote named president, COO of Grote Industries

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Grote Industries, a provider of high-performance LED lighting technology, announced the appointment of Dominic Grote as president and chief operating officer. Grote, who will have global responsibility for managing the company’s business, was named president of the family-owned, family-managed vehicle safety system manufacturer following a move by Grote Industries’ past president, Eric Morris.

Morris announced July 15 that he would be stepping down as president in preparation for a new position as Grote’s director of accessory markets. “Eric has been an exemplary leader since he took his post in 2004,” Grote says . “He has worked tirelessly to grow our business both domestically and internationally. On behalf of all Grote’s employees, we thank him and wish him our best as he takes the reins of this important new responsibility.”

Grote most recently served as the organization’s vice president of sales and marketing, reshaping the Madison, Ind.-based company’s business through the development and introduction of advanced high-performance LED lighting technologies for the commercial and military vehicle markets. Since starting his career with the firm in 1993, he has held various management positions in sales, marketing and product development.

“Continuity and intelligent succession planning have been keys to our long-term success as a closely-held business,” says William D. (Bill) Grote III, the company’s chairman and chief executive officer. “These continue to be challenging times, but with Dominic’s acumen, leadership and vigor, I remain more confident than ever in the company’s continued success.”

Throughout his career, Dominic Grote has been involved in industry groups and trade associations. He is the immediate past president of the Transportation Safety Equipment Institute and has served as a director of TSEI since 2004. In 2008, he served as chairman of the Associates for the Truck Trailer Manufacturers Association. Grote is also an active member of the American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council, and he currently serves on the board of the Commercial Vehicle Solutions Network.