Kent, WA – February 25, 2019: GCC, previously recognized as Gulf Controls Company, Inc. announces the hiring of Branko Horvat as Sales Manager for the Pacific Northwest region (GCC NW) to manage the sales team for the recently acquired Valin Fluid Power offices in Kent, Washington, Spokane, Washington and Portland, Oregon. GCC announced the acquisition of Valin Fluid Power assets on December 1, 2018 with intentions to grow sales of Rexroth, Lincoln and value-added solutions in Washington, Oregon and northern Idaho.
Branko joins the company with several years of experience in the fluid power industry. He worked as the Director of Product Marketing Management for Sauer Danfoss from 2001-2015, managed the western region sales for Spencer Fluid Power from 2015-2017 and was most recently Director of Product Management for a start-up tech company introducing a new power grid technology. With experience both on the manufacturer side as well as with distribution, Branko brings a diverse collection of perspectives to help GCC NW grow.
“We are so proud to have Branko signing on as part of the GCC team,” says John Flieman, III, CEO of GCC. “His experience, technical knowledge of applications and ability to lead a team impressed all of us and he will be a huge asset to GCC NW in the future.”
“It was clear after meeting Branko, he has the right attitude, bringing valuable knowledge to the table,” says Richard Neels, President of EOHI. “As a 100% employee-owned company, it is critical that we have the right people, doing the right things at the right time, and we look forward to his future contributions in this role.”
GCC has the knowledge in hydraulics, pneumatics, fluid conveyance and automation to provide world class products and complete fluid power systems to its customers. GCC is part of EOHI, a 100% employee owned company based in Houston, Texas. EOHI is also the parent of Hydraquip, Inc., Supreme Integrated Technology, Inc., and Elite Controls, Inc.