Leadership

The expertise and empowerment to propel the business forward.

Board of directors

  • Chairman of the Board

    James A. Sharman

    James A. Sharman was appointed Chairman of the Board in May of 2017, after having joined the Spartan Board in February 2016 as an Independent Director. He brings a diverse background to the Spartan Board including executive and leadership roles in global supply chain management/logistics, general management and private equity. Mr. Sharman currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Coyote Logistics, LLC, a UPS company. Prior to that, he spent a number of years as Principal of Truecast Capital, LLC. His work history includes President and CEO of World Kitchen, Inc. and Rubicon Technology, as well as SVP; Global Supply Chain at CNH and  VP General Manager, Latin America, for the Case Corporation. He served as the Commanding Officer of an Engineering Company in the US Army and was an Assistant Professor at the United States Military Academy, West Point.  He holds a Master in Business Administration from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business and a B.S. in Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point.

  • Chief Executive Officer and Director

    DARYL ADAMS

    Daryl M. Adams, a 25-year automotive executive, was elevated to President and Chief Executive Officer of Spartan Motors, Inc., in February 2015. Mr. Adams joined the organization in August 2014 as Chief Operating Officer. Prior to Spartan Motors, Mr. Adams served as the Chief Executive Officer of the privately held Tier One automotive supplier Midway Products Group. During his eight-year tenure with Midway Products Group, the company experienced significant growth and operating improvements. Before joining Midway Products Group, he held a succession of management positions with Lear Corporation, one of the world’s largest automotive suppliers. His experience included senior leadership roles in Lear’s North American and European operation. Mr. Adams holds a Masters in Business Administration degree from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management and Manufacturing from Lawrence Institute of Technology.

  • Director

    RICHARD R. CURRENT

    Richard R. Current joined the SMI board in 2008. Mr. Current served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Neogen Corporation from November 1999. In 2007, he was given the added title of Secretary until his retirement in fall 2011. Prior to joining Neogen, Mr. Current served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Integral Vision, Inc. from 1994 to 1999 and as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Shane Group, Inc., a privately held company, from 1991 to 1994. Mr. Current was associated with the public accounting firm of Ernst & Young for 24 years and served as Managing Partner of the Lansing, Michigan office from 1986 to 1991

  • Director

    RICHARD F. (RICK) DAUCH

    Rick Dauch joined the Spartan Motors Board in 2010 as an Independent director. In 2011 Dauch became President and CEO of Accuride Corporation, a manufacturer and supplier of commercial vehicle components. He has served as the President and CEO of global mechanical fastener supplier Acument Global Technologies, Inc., headquartered in Troy, Mich., since June 2008. He held prior leadership roles during a 13-year career at American Axle & Manufacturing, as well as at United Technologies Carrier Corporation, after concluding an 11-year career in the United States Army. Dauch is a member of the Boards of Directors of the Original Equipment Suppliers Association, the Michigan Manufacturers Association, and the St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Foundation. He also serves on the Board of Directors and is President of the West Point Army Football Club. Dauch is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and the MIT "Leaders For Manufacturing" program.

  • Director

    RON HARBOUR

    Ron Harbour joined the Spartan board in April 2009. Ron is consulting firm Oliver Wyman’s partner responsible for global automotive manufacturing. Since 1983 Mr. Harbour has had broad experience in the assessment, development and implementation of quality, cost and productivity improvements at factories worldwide. Mr. Harbour authors "The Harbour Report", the pre-eminent annual assessment of automotive manufacturing performance around the globe. Mr. Harbour is in high demand as a speaker and commentator on the automotive industry and is regularly quoted on TV, radio and the Internet.

  • Director

    JAMES C. ORCHARD

    James C. Orchard joined the Spartan Motors Board of Directors in February 2015. During his 46-year career, Mr. Orchard has held executive and leadership positions with companies in the automotive, truck, and aftermarket parts industries. From 2008 until 2014, Mr. Orchard served as the Chief Executive Officer of Dayco, LLC, a privately held supplier of engine parts and systems to the automotive industry. Mr. Orchard holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Operations and a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing, both from Indiana University.

  • Director

    ANDREW ROOKE

    Andrew M. Rooke joined the Spartan Motors Board in 2012 as an Independent Director. Mr. Rooke brings to the Board a diverse background, including experience and knowledge in finance, international business, and manufacturing. He has served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Manitex International, Inc.—a leading North American manufacturer of engineered lifting equipment—since 2007. Prior to joining Manitex, he was Director of Industrial Holdings for Quantum Value Management, a corporate development firm based in Troy, Michigan. His professional experience includes GKN Sinter Metals, where he served as Chief Financial Officer, and with other organizations that include Quaker Oats, Ltd., and Rolls Royce, Ltd. Mr. Rooke holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of York, England, and is a Chartered Accountant.

  • Director

    DOMINIC ROMEO

    Dominic Romeo joined the Spartan Motors Board of Directors as an Independent Director in October of 2017. Prior to joining Spartan, Mr. Romeo served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Thor Industries, Inc. He brings to the Board a wealth of expertise in finance, accounting, and mergers and acquisitions, which he garnered from his tenure at global industrial manufacturing companies such as the IDEX Corporation, where he held progressive positions including Vice President and Chief Financial Officer; Honeywell (formerly Allied Signal), where he held a number of CFO positions across segments; AAR Trading; GE Aircraft Engines; and Price Waterhouse. Mr. Romeo also sits on the Boards of BBB Industries and Novanta. Mr. Romeo holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Accounting and Business Administration, from Manchester University.

Company officers

  • Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

    FREDERICK "RICK" SOHM

    Frederick "Rick" Sohm was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Spartan Motors, Inc. in September 2015. Mr. Sohm’s career spans more than 20 years during which time he has held several executive and leadership positions in finance and accounting at world-class companies such as ArvinMeritor, Inc. and DaimlerChrysler Corporation. His background includes domestic and global experience in both the manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors. Mr. Sohm most recently served as the Treasurer of ALTe Technologies, a start-up company that produces alternative fuel systems for the commercial vehicle market. Prior to that, he was the Chief Financial Officer of Warrior Sports, Inc., a position he held from 2009 to 2014. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from Oakland University, as well as a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from the University of Detroit-Mercy.

  • Chief Administrative Officer

    THOMAS SCHULTZ

    Thomas Schultz joined Spartan Motors as the Corporate VP of Human Resources in 2014, bringing with him experience in transformational roles across numerous human resources, legal affairs, supply chain, procurement, contract negotiations, audit, labor relations, finance, and manufacturing process improvement functions. Mr. Schultz’s pragmatism, deep understanding of workforce dynamics, and his drive to demonstrate that an organization’s “support functions” can add value to the bottom line of a business propelled him into Spartan’s first ever Chief Administrative Officer role, where he presides today. Prior to joining Spartan, Mr. Schultz was Director, North America where he led HR’s corporate functions at BASF; prior to that, he served as the Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Energy Conversion Devices and United Solar Ovonics. At United Technologies Corporation, Mr. Schultz was the North American Director at Carrier Corporation where he provided HR leadership to eight different businesses in various stages of turnaround. Mr. Schultz started his career at American Axle & Manufacturing where he held various progressive manufacturing, labor relations and human resources roles over an 11 year period. Mr. Schultz earned his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Detroit, his Master’s degree in Labor and Industrial Relations from Michigan State University, and his Bachelors of Science degree in Political Science/Public Administration from Western Michigan University.

  • Vice President, Secretary, and General Counsel

    THOMAS T. KIVELL

    Thomas T. Kivell, an attorney for more than 25 years, joined the Company as Vice President and General Counsel in 2008 and was appointed Secretary in 2009. Prior to joining Spartan, he served as General Counsel to GE Aviation’s Digital Systems business, and prior to its acquisition by GE, was Associate General Counsel of Smiths Aerospace, a unit of UK-based Smiths Group plc. Mr. Kivell was in private law practice and also was Counsel and Contract Manager for a joint venture company between General Dynamics Land Systems and FMC Corporation. Mr. Kivell began his career as an engineer.

  • President, Fleet Vehicles and Services

    TOM NINNEMAN

    Tom Ninneman joined Spartan Motors in 2017 as a part of the Smeal Fire Apparatus Co. acquisition, where he served as Chief Operating Officer for three years. Mr. Ninneman brings over 25 years of business leadership to Spartan, including automotive and truck body building experience for customers across the fire/emergency response, refuse collection, and defense markets. Mr. Ninneman’s experience in mass vehicle customization across a wide array of products is particularly synergistic with both the Utilimaster and Spartan Upfit Services go-to-market brand product and service portfolios. Prior to joining Smeal, Ninneman served in numerous executive level operations and company leadership roles for Taylor Corporation and segments across Oshkosh Corporation. His responsibilities spanned domestic and international operations, large client support, leadership development/team building, and strategic planning. He led both growth and distressed companies through turnarounds and lean journeys, and has also led and managed merger, acquisition, and subsequent integration efforts for multiple companies. Mr. Ninneman earned his Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame, and also served the U.S. Army as a Field Artillery officer for 11 years in both active duty and reserve assignments.

  • President, Spartan Specialty Vehicles

    STEVE GUILLAUME

    Steve Guillaume began his career with Spartan Motors in January, 2015. Mr. Guillaume's deep domain expertise in the automotive and specialty vehicle manufacturing segments coupled with a broad leadership background translated into an immediate impact for the company in growth and EBITDA enhancement. Prior to joining Spartan, Mr. Guillaume had a rich 24 year history at Navistar, rising through the ranks, commanding senior leadership positions across multiple business functions, including Finance, Accounting, Business Development, Sales and Marketing, and Program Management, before entering General Management. Mr. Guillaume then held numerous Vice President and General Manager roles, across multiple segments including specialty vehicles, commercial trucks, and diesel engines. He earned his Master's of Business Administration degree from Northwestern University's prestigious Kellogg School of Management, and has an undergraduate degree from Baylor University in Business Administration/Finance.

  • President, Spartan Emergency Response

    JOHN SLAWSON

    John Slawson started his career at Spartan Motors in November, 2015. Bringing with him decades of Emergency Vehicle- and Fire Apparatus-specific business turnaround and strategic expansion experience, Mr. Slawson was a natural choice to champion Spartan’s Emergency Response market re-emergence and its return to profitability. Prior to joining Spartan, Mr. Slawson’s over 25 year career spans multiple Presidencies and Executive level Dealer Development and Distribution Network, Sales, and Marketing leadership positions. Mr. Slawson led world class companies such as Horton Emergency Vehicles, US Tanker Fire Apparatus, and Oshkosh Specialty Vehicles, as well as commanded functional areas within Pierce Manufacturing and Stahl. In each leadership position he has held, Mr. Slawson maintains a hyper focus on creating profitable companies that can make success repeatable. Mr. Slawson earned his Masters of Business Administration degree from Loyola University Graduate School of Business, and his Bachelors of Arts from Marquette University.