General Motors auto sales rise
General Motors Corp. announced a rise in U.S. auto sales for August backed by strong sales of pickup trucks and crossover vehicles. The automaker’s light-vehicle sales were 6.1% higher than they were in August 2006 at 385,529 units. Sales of light trucks increased 16.5% to 241,013 from 206,798 during the same month last year. Sales also increased due to demand for General Motors’ new crossover vehicles. The company sold 5,870 GMC Acadias, 3,227 Saturn Outlooks, and 3,796 Buick Enclaves. In the smaller-vehicle segment, Cobalt sales rose 7.1% to 20,814, while Impala sales were down 4.5% at 24,929.
Apria Healthcare promotes Monast to executive sales position
Apria Healthcare Group, Inc., has announced the promotion of William E. Monast to the new position of executive vice president of sales. Monast has served Apria in various sales and operations capacities since 1997. He is currently the vice president of sales for Apria’s eastern sector. Monast joined Apria Healthcare as a regional sales manager in 1997, taking care of the company’s New England region. Apria Healthcare provides home respiratory therapy solutions, home infusion therapy, and home medical equipment through approximately 500 locations serving patients across the United States.
Reed’s, Inc., appoints senior VP of distribution sales
Reed’s, Inc., has hired former director of field sales for Red Bull North America Rory Ahearn as its new senior vice president of distribution sales. Ahearn will be responsible for directing the company’s sales team. He will also develop and manage the company’s distribution strategy for direct and national accounts. Ahearn has had approximately 20 years of senior-level sales experience in the beverage industry. Reed’s, Inc., manufactures, develops, and markets top-selling sodas for the natural foods market. The company plans to expand its all-natural, non-alcoholic beverages, candies, and ice creams to mainstream markets.