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Tom Votel Announces Retirement After 40 Years of Leadership at Ergodyne

Tom Votel, President and CEO of Ergodyne, has announced he will retire on December 31, 2023, capping a distinguished 40-year career that saw the company burgeon from a pioneering start-up to an innovation and creative leader in industrial safety.

In 1983, while the world was dazzled by moonwalks on music charts, record-breaking TV show finales, and the first mobile phones, Ergodyne was pioneering a revolution in workplace safety. After countless fits, starts and stumbles, Votel transformed the company from humble beginnings to its status as a passionate, worker-centered force with an impressive track record of countless ground-breaking innovations within the safety industry—many of which marked the beginning of entire new safety categories.

An unrelenting voice for worker safety, Votel has not only played a leadership role at Ergodyne but has also been actively involved with ISEA (the International Safety Equipment Association), the organization responsible for setting standards for safety equipment and technologies to protect workers in hazardous environments as well as influencing U.S. safety policy.Votel recently served as the board chair, where his influence in advocating for safety product standards has been consequential.

Votel’s leadership not only saw Ergodyne’s rise from a fledgling start-up to a model of corporate resilience, but also, a seamless transition to new ownership in 2018 when the Ergodyne brand became part of the Klein Tools family of companies as an independent business unit.

With Votel’s departure, Greg Schrab takes on the role of President after 29 years of service with Ergodyne, most recently as Senior Vice President of Operations and Product Management. Schrab is joined by a veteran leadership team that includes Vice President of Sales Jeff Bazal, Vice President of Marketing Lindsay Herda, Chief Financial Officer Anne Raskie, Associate Vice President of Operations Bret Snyder, and Associate Vice President of Product Tim Gallant.

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