Brian Lyons, vice president-sales and marketing of International Enviroguard, Mesquite.Tex., was elected as Vice Chairman of the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) at the recent Executive Summit in Savannah Ga. In addition, the membership elected industry leaders Tom Votel and John Zuleger to three-year terms on the Board.
Mr. Lewellen recently served as Vice Chairman and succeeds outgoing Chairman Charles S. “Sid” Ellis, retired president of North Safety Products. He has been with MCR since 1993 and was appointed to his current position in 2002. A Memphis native, he holds a degree in business and accounting from the University of Mississippi. MCR Safety is a leading supplier of safety eyewear, hand protection and high-visibility safety apparel.
Mr. Lyons returns to the ISEA Board, having served as a Trustee from 2007-2010. He has worked in the safety equipment industry for more than 30 years as a sales and marketing executive. Mr. Lyons holds several patents for protective apparel and fabrics and is the current chairman of ISEA’s Protective Apparel Group. International Enviroguard manufactures a broad line of industrial apparel and materials, including MicroGuard CE™ and ChemSplash 1®.
With over 25 years as president and CEO of Ergodyne, Mr. Votel led the St. Paul-based company to Inc. Magazine’s list of the 500 Fastest Growing Small Companies in the U.S. In 1992 he was recognized as the magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year. During his tenure, he oversaw the development of On3®, an ergonomically-designed patient transportation device to minimize risk to caregivers and patients, which has since been sold to Hill-Rom, a division of Hillenbrand Industries. Mr. Votel holds degrees from the University of St. Thomas (Minn.) and is active in the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Ergodyne is a leading innovator of safety and work gear, including personal cooling products, high-visibility apparel and tool belts.
As vice president and general manager for the Americas of Honeywell Safety Products, Mr. Zuleger oversees the business operations of a full line of personal protection equipment, including well-known brands Howard Leight, Uvex, FibreMetal and Muck Boots. Prior to joining Honeywell, he was employed in the paper and packaging industry, holding leadership positions with International Paper and Packaging Dynamics. Mr. Zuleger is a graduate of Purdue University and resides in East Greenwich, Rhode Island.
Continuing members of the ISEA Board are William M. Lambert, president and CEO of Mine Safety Appliances, Pittsburgh, Penn.; Richard C. McNeely, marketing manager of Avon, Conn.-based Reflexite Americas; Dale Outhous, global marketing director, DuPont Protection Technologies, Richmond, Va.; James P. “J.P” Sankpill, president and CEO of U.S. Safety, Lenexa, Kan.; and Pat Velasco, deputy chairman, Capital Safety Group, Red Wing, Minn.