Industry News: May 2, 2018

A roundup of recent industry news exclusively for sewer and drain cleaning professionals. Track the industry's movers and shakers, learn about company acquisitions, get the skinny on new products, and more.

Walker named bluefrog Plumbing + Drain chief operating officer
Bluefrog Plumbing + Drain announced that James Walker has joined the brand as chief operating officer. In this role, Walker will oversee bluefrog Plumbing + Drain’s ongoing operations and procedures as the company continues to expand into new markets across the United States.

ServiceCore partners with CardConnect 
ServiceCore announced a partnership with CardConnect, a secure payment acceptance provider. The partnership will allow users to accept credit and debit cards, as well as automatic clearinghouse check, electronic benefit transfer, gift cards and near-field communication directly within the ServiceCore software.

New Jersey sales training event set for May 18-19
The Tom Hopkins International Sales Academy is scheduled for May 18-19 at the Marriott Renaissance Newark Airport Hotel in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

More than 4,000 people have attended the two-day sales events since Hopkins started offering them. They’re designed to give attendees the tools to do a better job of finding new business, presenting products and services in a more engaging manner, and ultimately making more sales.

For more information or to register, call 800-528-0446, email, or visit

Ryan Boldan
Ryan Boldan

HammerHead Trenchless announces management promotions
HammerHead Trenchless announced the promotion of three of its top personnel to newly created management positions. Ryan Boldan is now director of support services, and his responsibilities include marketing and e-commerce, inside sales, customer service, service and training, and technical services teams. Brian Kenkel is now director of rehabilitation and replacement. In this position, he leads sales teams and provides product management for the rehabilitation and replacement division. Jeff Urbanski was named the training and technical services manager. He will lead a team of seven technicians tasked with building HammerHead University, an education center dedicated to the trenchless industry. He will also oversee the training facility and direct creation of all e-learning and testing solutions.

Brian Kenkel
Brian Kenkel

Draincables Direct welcomes new director
The McAlear Group, parent company of Draincables Direct, welcomed Tom Martin on Feb. 26 as director of culture and social responsibility. Martin will build on the company’s mission to give back to the community through volunteer efforts and philanthropy, as well as organize company-sponsored events for employees and their families.

Tom Martin
Tom Martin


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