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2018 Sales Presentation Overview

It was an intense few days for Daman’s account management team as they flew in from their territories all over the U.S. and Canada to reconnect with their peers. Together, the team examined territory growth goals and developed comprehensive strategies for the remainder of 2018. They also took a deep dive into Wave Analytics, Daman’s new business intelligence software.

Chris Stevens, the co-founder of Keurig, made an appearance inspiring them with stories about the trials and tribulations of his life in the coffee industry, Anheuser-Busch, and Procter & Gamble. Afterward, he indulged in a Q&A session with the team.

On the last day, the team presented their corporate and territory strategies to all customer-facing employees. “It is imperative we as account managers communicate to our people what we are doing in the field and how we are doing it. This will help them understand how all of their hard work internally is helping us out in the field become more successful,” said Todd Crocker, midwest region account manager.

Based on questions asked during the presentation and the compliments afterward, the communication was extremely valuable and appreciated. “This will definitely become an annual event supported by more regular updates as we continue to execute our strategies,” exclaimed Gordon Weiler, vice president of sales.

Larry Davis Receives Alumni of the Year Award

Larry DavisThe Judd Leighton School of Business and Economics honored Larry Davis, CEO of Daman, with their Alumni of the Year Award at Indiana University South Bend’s third annual Alumni of the Year luncheon.

The executive committee looks for attributes in candidates such as leadership, innovation, and activities that support the region. “Larry was an easy choice because of his involvement in many community organizations and because of the remarkable things he’s done at Daman, especially his involvement in continuous improvement,” said Richard Kolbe, Dean – Judd Leighton School of Business and Economics.

Davis was integral in the development of Daman’s continuous improvement culture in the fluid power industry over 40 years ago. He has focused on evolving practiced lean manufacturing principles into being a lead promoter of CI in advanced manufacturing and marketing concepts.

Throughout his career, he has been active in a wide range of community services and business organizations. Currently, he participates as a Career & Success Academy Trustee, NFPA Board member, and the St. Joseph County Chamber Education committee. He is also involved in Rise Up Board, Youth Services Board, Ivy Tech Community College Trustee, Start Up Moxie Board, and is a student mentor.

gabriel knifeHis latest endeavor is custom handmade forged knives. A seed planted in 7th-grade metal shop has finally become a reality.

Congratulations Larry Davis on your well-deserved award!



Welcome to the Team Jared Meyers

JaredMeet Jared Meyers, the latest addition to Daman’s IT team. The Ivy Tech graduate was formerly an IT Manager for Challenger Door, a large RV and Transport door manufacturer in Nappanee.

With over 15 years of experience, he will be instrumental in helping the IT team maintain and implement new technology.

“IT is something that always comes naturally for me and I love working with technology. I’m very excited to be part of the team and I look forward to this new chapter of my life,” shared Meyers.

Jared, his wife, Kristen, and their very spoiled dog, Theo, have made Elkhart their home. In his downtime, he likes to stay active by running and hiking. His wife teaches yoga in Elkhart.

Please help us welcome Jared Meyers to the team! He can be reached at

Inspiring Fluid Power’s Future

One of the biggest challenges faced by the fluid power industry is the shortage of skilled workers and engineers trained in the field. It’s a common theme throughout many industries. Over the last decade, this has lead to a push for schools to include Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) courses in their curriculum with the hopes of increasing the workforce.

Last year, Jackson Intermediate Center transitioned into a magnet school for Project Lead the Way and is now Jackson PLTW Academy. The academy students engage in hands-on activities, projects, and problems that simulate real-world challenges. This approach empowers students to learn essential skills that are in demand while providing an invaluable connection between what the students learn in the classroom today and how it applies to the career they will choose in the future.

Fluid Power Action Challenge 2018

2018 marks Daman Products’ eighth year of promoting the fluid power industry to local middle school students with NFPA’s Fluid Power Action Challenge. The Challenge is an educational competition designed to introduce science and engineering to middle school students in a fun, hands-on, learning environment.

Students are introduced to fluid power and very quickly realize the importance of teamwork and organization while they experiment and design a unique machine which they will use to compete in a timed competition.

This year 22 teams from nine schools came together on March 17th at Bethel College in Mishawaka for an inspiring Competition Day. Participating schools included Clay Intermediate, Edison Intermediate, Jackson Intermediate, LaSalle Academy, Marshall Intermediate, Navarre Intermediate, John Young Middle, Baugo Community Schools and Career Academy of South Bend.

2018 Winners

02 Team 11 - LaSalle - Team-Point Winner






Team-Point Winner: Team 11 – LaSalle

03 Team 17 - SBCA - Design Winners






Design Winners: Team 17 – SBCA

04 Team 22 - John Young - Teamwork Winner






Teamwork Winner: Team 22 – John Young

05 Team 27 - Jimtown - Overall Winner






Overall Winner: Team 27 – Jimtown

Congratulations to all of the teams for a job well done! And thank you to all of our sponsors. We couldn’t have done it without your support.

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