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(ATLANTA, GA.) ProTeam®, the company that created the original and Next Generation backpack vacuums, is pleased to announce the addition of Ryan Rittenbury as Segment Manager for the Foodservice and Hospitality markets.

Rittenbury brings over four years of experience in the Jan/San industry. Formerly as Regional Sales Manager for another company, he managed five independent rep groups and supported distributor partners in 16 states. He excelled at developing region-specific programs to incentivize growth of distributors. A graduate of Auburn University, Rittenbury graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Minor in Marketing. He is also a member of the Young Executive Society of ISSA.

As Segment Manager, Rittenbury will be responsible for identifying and selling key end-user accounts, specifically restaurant, hotel, and grocery chains. He will also develop new distribution partners and support existing partners.

“ProTeam has become a market force by building a core team of intelligent, capable professionals,” said President and CEO Matt Wood. “Ryan Rittenbury comes from a strong background in Jan/San sales and support. We look forward to seeing his contributions take shape.”

ProTeam became a global phenomenon in the commercial cleaning world in 1987 after introducing a game-changing design innovation, the lightweight backpack vacuum. Scientific studies and maintenance crews consistently find ProTeam vacuums save time, money and resources while improving indoor air quality. In 2009, Emerson—a diversified global manufacturing and technology company—acquired ProTeam, and the legacy of innovation continues with the Next Generation of backpack vacuums, the Super Coach Pro® and the cordless GoFree® Pro.

Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets around the world. The company is comprised of five business segments: Process Management, Industrial Automation, Network Power, Climate Technologies, and Commercial & Residential Solutions. Sales in fiscal 2013 were $24.7 billion. For more information, visit www.Emerson.com.