May 18, 2017 -Mazak Corporation, Florence, Kentucky, drew from the ranks of its highly capable and experienced management team and promoted Christopher Papke (pictured) to the position of Southwest Regional General Manager. Papke will take over for Dana Scott who is set to retire after 19 years as the head of Mazak’s Southwest Technology Center in Houston, Texas.
Papke brings 18 years of Mazak experience to his new position. He started in the company’s sales training program after graduating from Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and from Cincinnati State Technical College with an associate degree in Engineering Technology. As part of his training, he spent nine months at Mazak’s Florence, Kentucky, North American Manufacturing Headquarters where he was submersed in the art of metalcutting and in the production of machine tools.
After six months in Mazak’s Field Service Department helping install new machines, 18 months in the Application Engineering Department and another 18 months as a Product Specialist, Chris was promoted in 2004 to the position of Distributor Sales Manager for the Midwest Region. He served in that position for seven years before his promotion to Direct Sales Manager for the Southwest Region in 2011.
“We are extremely confident in Chris’s ability to lead the Southwest Region as its new Regional General Manager,” said Dan Janka, president of Mazak. “With his extensive Mazak training and sales experience, Chris was the perfect candidate for the position, and we know he’ll continue to uphold Mazak’s stellar reputation for outstanding customer service and support.”
Mazak’s Southwest Technology Center and its Technical Center in Dallas, Texas, are part of the company’s network of nationwide regional Technology Centers. As a key component of Mazak’s comprehensive customer support, the Technology and Technical Centers offer advanced application support, education and training, new technology and manufacturing systems along with on-site training and technology seminars.