WICHITA — BG Products is getting a new president, but the company’s current president isn’t going anywhere.
Galen Myers has been president of the company, which manufactures automotive chemicals, since 1993 and chairman and CEO since 2000.
Myers will remain chairman and CEO, and Michigan businessman Darin Greseth will become the new president as of April.
The 68-year-old Myers says he once “was younger, and I could do it all.”
Now, though, “It’s time to bring some young, energetic people in.”
Greseth owns Premaco Michigan, which distributes BG Products. He will remain an owner in the company in addition to being president at BG Products.
In only 13 years in business, Premaco Michigan has become No. 7 in sales for all BG distributors.
“So we’ve grown very rapidly,” Greseth says.
He’s never previously worked for BG Products but Greseth has spent his more than 25-year career working at places that distribute the company’s products.
Three years ago, Greseth joined the board for BG Products. He’s been in charge of the company’s marketing committee.
Other than that corporate experience, Greseth says, “I’m pretty much going to be the first (president) that ever had completely a field background.”
In addition to building the best products, Greseth says, “Our focus from here on out is growth.”
Myers says a couple of years ago, the company identified five initiatives to help grow BG Products.
They include building the company’s new facility in El Dorado, international development, future technologies, diversification and strategic alliances with other companies.
Those are still goals, Myers says, and the company has seen growth year to year, “which is exciting.”
BG Products sells worldwide in more than 50 countries. International business accounts for 15 percent of sales.
The company has 185 employees, which is down from 200 due to attrition.
“We’ve worked on efficiencies also in our plan,” Myers says.
He uses “work” in a loose sense.
“You know, I don’t even work today,” Myers says of his love for his job. “I still have the passion.”
But he says it’s great that Greseth is coming on board, too, because even though he has the desire and passion, “A horse wears out after so many races.”