OMAX Corporation, a global leader in advanced abrasive waterjet systems, recently welcomed Stephen Bruner to its senior management team as vice president of marketing. Bruner joins the Kent, Washington-based company with nearly 20 years of B2B and vertical market experience executing highly successful integrated product marketing strategies that drive business growth.
Bruner has oversight of the company’s marketing, technical training and inside sales teams and will work closely with staff on program planning, brand development and lead generation and nurturing. He will also apply his strong analytical skills and process management expertise to implement new integrated product marketing techniques that further enhance the sales and support of the company’s abrasive waterjet solutions, which include OMAX and MAXIEM JetMachining Centers.
Prior to OMAX Corporation, Bruner led B2B marketing and vertical market management for Seattle-based Precor, a leader in the fitness industry. In this role, he implemented strategic marketing campaigns, drove innovative competitive intelligence efforts, developed content for global distribution and managed overall channel partner communications. Other titles he has held during his career include vice president of technical marketing and communications for iONexus and marketing director for NuSil Technology.
According to Dr. John Cheung, CEO and co-founder of OMAX Corporation, Bruner joins the company at an exciting time. Not only did Seattle Business Magazine recently name OMAX Corporation “Manufacturer of the Year” as part of the “2015 Washington Manufacturing Awards,” the company is in the midst of increasing its equipment asset base, expanding its operations and developing new technologies — all of which will better serve customers that range in scope from parts manufacturers to metal service centers to educational institutions.
“We are excited to have Stephen on our leadership team,” said Cheung. “He is a well-respected, results-driven marketing executive with an analytical mindset and mentoring-based leadership style that aligns with our company culture. We are confident in Stephen’s ability to strengthen our brand position in the marketplace and effectively communicate how our abrasive waterjet technology provides the industry’s highest levels of speed and performance.”
Bruner noted he is equally excited about this opportunity. “I look forward to applying my skills and experience to further promote OMAX Corporation’s leadership status in abrasive waterjet technology as well as introduce its total customer care philosophy to manufacturers in search of a productive, cost-effective solution for growing their business in today’s competitive landscape.
In terms of education, Bruner has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado Boulder and master’s degree in business administration from the Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University.