Brian Bender, president and CEO of S.B. International Inc. (SBI), a global supplier of cylinder head components, has announced his retirement after 34 years with the company. Bender, one of SBI’s original employees, will assist with the transition for the new president. He also will remain a consulting member of the SBI board of directors.
As Bender’s successor, the company’s board of directors has appointed Tom DeBlasis as president.
SBI Chair Christine Barggren stated, “I am so grateful to Brian for his many years of leadership and service to SBI to help build our company into what we are today, and I look forward to continuing our success under Tom.”
DeBlasis most recently served as vice president of sales for SBI and will apply his 41 years of sales and management experience in the automotive aftermarket to continuing the growth of SBI, expanding the presence of the SBI and K-Line brands globally, managing daily operations as well as directing product, sales, marketing and distribution strategies.
SBI, currently in its 35th year of business and located in Nashville, Tennessee, offers complete valve train and cylinder head component coverage for the automotive, heavy-duty truck, performance, marine, agricultural, earth-moving and industrial engine markets worldwide.