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Legendary Companies Hires Steve Zitkus As New CFO

Zitkus will work with Legendary’s CEO Wade Kawasaki to guide the company through its continued growth and expansion.

Wade Kawasaki (Left), Phil Carpenter (Middle) & Steve Zitkus (Right)

Legendary Companies, the holding company that includes Coker Tire, Wheel Vintiques, Universal Vintage Tire, Phoenix Race Tires, Specialty Wheel, MOR, Vintage Wheel Works, PS Engineering and Roadster Wire Wheel, announced recently that it has appointed Steve Zitkus as its new CFO. Zitkus comes to Legendary Companies with more than 30 years of experience, most recently with Edelbrock Corporation where he served as its CFO. Zitkus will work with Legendary’s CEO Wade Kawasaki to guide the company through its continued growth and expansion. 

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“Steve is a fantastic addition to our team,” said Legendary Companies President and CEO Wade Kawasaki. “He’s a passionate enthusiast who understands our industry and has strong financial experience having led large organizations to success. We are confident he will contribute to the continued growth and expansion of Legendary Companies”

Zitkus, a longtime finance professional, joined Edelbrock Corporation as in 2014 as its CFO and previously served as financial group controller at Illinois Tool Works, a parts manufacturer and top tier supplier to automotive OEMs. Zitkus completed his Bachelor of Science in Accountancy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign before beginning his career as a certified public accountant. 

“We are pleased to welcome Steve to the capable team at Legendary Companies,” said Phil Carpenter III, co-managing partner of Irving Place Capital. “We are excited to continue building the leadership group as we execute against attractive opportunities to expand Legendary Companies through the addition of leading aftermarket businesses.  


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