Tampa, FL – April 2, 2018: Gulf Controls Company, Inc. (GCC) announced the promotion of John
Flieman, III as its CEO, Rod Longnecker as the new President and Jordan Pritt as the Company’s new
Sales Manager. These changes were implemented to provide stability and direction and ensure GCC is
able to maintain strong operations in coming years.
John Flieman has served 30 years at GCC, starting as a territory account manager, where after excelling
in his sales career and earning promotions within sales leadership, before ultimately becoming President
for the past 16 years. John’s relationships with vendors and customers has made him an indispensable
part of the business. As he transitions towards future retirement, his new position will help ensure
leadership stability while maintaining the Company’s world-class customer service.
Having served the company for the past 15 years in various engineering, operations and sales
management positions, Rod now assumes leadership as president for all aspects of the company. Rod
has shown passion in delivering engineered solutions to customers and has worked closely with the field
sales team as sales manager over the last several years to share knowledge and solutions with them.
Having had responsibility for management of engineering and the shop, Rod has been able to regularly
interface with Gulf Control’s largest OEMs to provide system design, fabrication and managed inventory.
Jordan Pritt has quickly become a valuable component of the company after joining GCC in June, 2014
as a Territory Manager in the Northern District. Right from the beginning, Jordan displayed impressive
skills expanding GCC’s customer base while strengthening the customer relationships. In 2016, Jordan
was promoted to District Manager, managing a team of other territory managers in the Central district. In
his new role of sales manager, Jordan will manage the entire outside sales team.
“We are so proud to have both Jordan and Rod as first class members of our team at Gulf Controls,”
says John Flieman. “The perseverance, technical ability and positive attitude they bring both to the
company and to our customers is second to none.”
“One of the strengths our employee-owned group of companies is maintaining strong leadership
succession plans,” says Richard Neels, CEO & President of Employee Owned Holdings, Inc., the parent
of GCC. “We are very fortunate to have John as our talented leader and look forward to continued
revenue growth while Rod and Jordan take on these additional leadership responsibilities.”
Gulf Controls has the knowledge in hydraulics, pneumatics, fluid conveyance and automation provide
world-class products and complete fluid power systems to customers. GCC is part of Employee Owned
Holdings, Inc. (EOHI), a 100% employee owned company based in Houston, Texas, which is also the
parent of Hydraquip, Inc., Supreme Integrated Technology, Inc., and Elite Controls, Inc.