Elkhart Brass Makes New Appointments, Promotions

Elkhart Brass has announced the promotion and hiring of several employees, including vice president of marketing and new product development. Eric Combs Eric Combs is now the Vice President of Marketing and New Product Development. He was previously...


Elkhart Brass has announced the promotion and hiring of several employees, including vice president of marketing and new product development.

Eric Combs

Eric Combs is now the Vice President of Marketing and New Product Development. He was previously Director of Marketing As Elkhart Brass is focused on being a solutions provider, Eric’s new role will be heavily involved with developing market and product strategies that allow Elkhart Brass to better meet the future challenges of our customers.

His industry experience supported by technical and marketing background provide a unique perspective to lead the marketing and product development teams at Elkhart Brass. In Eric’s words, “it’s my goal, and the goal of my team, to bring something truly of value to the industry.”

In 11 years with Elkhart Brass, Eric has held the positions of Product Design Engineer, Product Manager, Marketing manager and Director of Marketing. Eric believes that “The magic is really in understanding the customer in order to develop innovative products.

My job is to think of what others haven’t thought about and to rapidly go from concept to the introduction of new products. When a customer has a need, Elkhart can effectively respond.” Eric and his wife live in Elkhart with their 3 boys. 

Derrick Hesser

Derrick Hesser is now the Director of Marketing. He was previously Marketing Segment Manager – Municipal Fire/Industrial.

As the newly promoted Director of Marketing for Elkhart Brass, Derrick’s responsibilities include managing the Elkhart brand, the strategic direction of the company’s outward and inward facing communications and all associated content development and visual design.

In addition, Derrick will be directly responsible for the marketing and communications surrounding all new product launches, domestic and international sales support, tradeshow management, lead generation, plus overseeing all digital and social marketing efforts.

In Derrick’s words, “The primary goal of my position is to create a world-class customer experience for all end users and distributors of Elkhart Brass products.”

His prior experience includes positions as Owner of Connascent and Chicago P-O-P, a sales management position at FHC Marketing and as an engineer at System Sensor (A division of Honeywell).

Derrick and his wife live in LaGrange Park, IL with their 4 children.

Mark Hu

Mark Hu Mark is the newly appointed International Sales Manager responsible for further developing strategic and tactical sales initiatives to expand Elkhart’s presence in Asian markets (China, Japan, Taiwan & Korea). Mark joins the Elkhart team with over 18 years of international sales, marketing and sales channel management experience within the Asia Pacific region including selling manufactured products & equipment through multi-channels (distributors/retailers).

In addition, Mark is fluent in English and Chinese Mandarin.

Jim Burge

Jim Burge will represent Elkhart Brass as the Regional Sales Manager for the Midwest. He comes to Elkhart Brass with 28 years of sales and marketing experience – 18 years which was in the emergency services marketplace. This experience includes service as an IBM field sales representative, eight years as a Director of Marketing (Fire streams segment) three years in senior sales and marketing management (Rescue equipment segment) one year in field sales (PPE segment) and five years as an entrepreneur – having created his own marketing and event management company servicing the fire and law enforcement industries.

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