(Decatur, Michigan) Special-Lite, Inc. announces a once-in-a-generation change of company leadership. Effective Sept. 4, 2018, Kurk M. Wilks assumes the title and role of company President and Chief Operating Officer. Former President and COO, Kevin J. Hanley, moves to a consulting role at this time and will retire at the end of 2018, though he will remain on the Board of Directors.
Wilks comes to Special-Lite with an extensive B2B background, primarily in the automotive arena. Most recently he served as Vice President and Managing Director OE Americas for the MANN-HUMMEL Group. Here, he led the company to tremendous growth across North and South America in the Original Equipment business unit.
To Special-Lite, Wilks brings familiar values including a focus on people and a focus on growth. He has a passion for quality and a commitment to safety. He is charged with building on the foundation of Special-Lite acquisitions, expanded product offerings, and significant market penetration.
Wilks resides in Portage, Mich., is married and has two children.