Reliant Finishing Systems Hires Robert Osborne As Executive Director of Engineered Systems

Reliant Finishing Systems announced today they have hired Mr. Robert Osborne as Executive Director for Engineered Systems. Mr. Osborne was previously employed by Honeywell Aerospace as a Director of Business Development. Mr. Osborne will manage Reliant’s rapidly growing Engineered Systems Division and serve as the primary point of contact for both distributors and clients seeking specialized finishing solutions.

Although new to the finishing industry, Mr. Osborne has over twenty-three years of sales and management experience dealing with large-scale projects in the military and aerospace industries. In 2001, he received the “President’s Club” award from Honeywell Aerospace for his outstanding sales and support achievements. Along with other accomplishments, he was also recognized as one of the company’s top performers a total of seven times during his employment with Honeywell.

Reliant Finishing Systems’ President, Mr. Michael Schuerer, commented, “Mr. Osborne is a newcomer to our industry, but has dealt with projects of incredible size and complexity. I think he will mesh well with all of our clients and will quickly instill confidence in first-time buyers. During his career he has sold and supported projects totaling literally billions of dollars. He is comfortable with a team approach and has already established strong relationships with our leading distributors. Mr. Osborne has given Reliant an invaluable new perspective on engineered systems.” Mr. Schuerer added, “Mr. Osborne will work directly with our new Executive Director for Technical Services, Mr. J.R. Stewart, and our engineering staff to design custom finishing equipment and automated systems.”

“It became apparent that we needed someone who could assist clients with the selection of automated and custom-engineered finishing systems. There are unique decision making processes associated with these larger systems and the client often needs experienced guidance and technical advice. Mr. Osborne will work with both distributors and end-clients to assure that Reliant always provides effective coating systems,” said Mr. John Thomason, Reliant’s Executive Vice President.

Well-known powder industry expert, Mr. Joey Golliver of Inside Powder Coating, commented, “Reliant seems to be making big strides in the engineered systems market. Mr. Osborne has worked with projects that are much more complex than a typical finishing system, so he is comfortable with both the technology and the money that is involved. I think his friendly, matter-of-fact approach will be a winner for Reliant. He will certainly give them an advantage when they’re selling to government buyers.”

Mr. Osborne commented on the challenges of his new position, “I first encountered Reliant in 2005 when they entered the batch coating marketing. They’ve been growing so fast that they haven’t always had time to ease their way into new market segments. With a few large systems under their belt, they found that the primary challenges were related to customer support, which is my primary area of expertise. I have always prided myself on giving my customers the utmost level of individual care, and I look forward to working with Reliant and our current and future clients.”

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