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Radians welcomes Gil Truesdale as new VP of Industrial Sales

June 28, 2012
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Radians, a Memphis-based manufacturer of personal protective gear, recently added a new member to its executive team, Gil Truesdale, who will serve as Vice President of Industrial Sales. With 26 years of industrial safety experience, Truesdale is well-known in the safety industry for his leadership skills, his genuine concern for protecting workers, and his proven ability to generate double-digit sales growth.

“Truesdale has numerous connections with Fortune 100 companies in North America and South America,” says Bill England, President of Radians. “His connections, international experience, and ability to direct all areas of sales helps to open the doors to C-Suite executives, allowing Radians to expand market presence.”

Prior to joining Radians, Truesdale had an illustrious and long career at Vanguard Safety Co. LLC., in Charleston, South Carolina, where he worked his way up from sales manager to VP Global Sales. During his tenure, he helped develop and manage a multimillion dollar company.

One of his career highlights was starting Vanguard’s National Accounts division from scratch when he was only 28-years-old. “I learned at a young age to value and respect every employee that worked for me, and I tried to give them the opportunities I was afforded. I believe in the team.”

Truesdale also worked at ORR Safety Corporation where he interacted with global procurement, finance and director level executives to secure global contracts in production ISO facilities.

With an eagle-eye focus on strategic solutions to further business goals, Truesdale will run the day-to-day activities of Radians industrial division. His modus operandi is four-fold:

  • When you give your word­­—deliver.
  • Don’t ask anyone to do anything you would not do.
  • Respect and praise the people under you and stand behind them. 
  • Always spend the company’s money like it's your money always remembering that profit is key.

Truesdale’s vision for Radians is to make Radians a Tier 1 supplier in the Safety Manufacturing Industry.  “I want Fortune 500 companies to think of Radians as their ‘go-to’ supplier for their safety equipment,” says Truesdale.

Radians is a Memphis, TN-based manufacturer of quality safety glasses, hearing protection, performance gloves, high visibility clothing and footwear products. Radians has partnered with highly respected companies including DEWALT, Black & Decker, and Remington to provide high performance personal protection products. The company has additional facilities in Reno, Nevada; Dallas, Texas; Belmont, Michigan; and Thomasville, North Carolina.

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