Vortex Makes Changes At The Top

Jan. 22, 2021
Vortex announces executive management changes.

Travis Young

Salina, Kansas-based process equipment supplier Vortex announces a series of executive management changes. Chief Executive Officer Travis Young is appointed president to lead the overall direction and strategy of the company. Young is the fourth president and CEO in the company’s 44-year history, succeeding Jeff Thompson, Lee Young and Neil Peterson. Young has been with Vortex for 16 years, previously leading Vortex’s marketing and international business development initiatives.

Jeff Thompson is stepping down as president and chief operating officer; but will retain his position as Vortex’s chief financial officer. Thompson will also serve as a senior advisor to the new leadership team and will continue to oversee IT, human resources and accounting. Thompson served as president and CEO for the past 13 years and has been with the company for 18 years.

Brian Burmaster is promoted to chief sales and marketing officer. Burmaster is responsible for client retention, customer service, operational engineering and overall revenue growth for the company. Burmaster previously served as vice president of sales and has been with the company for 14 years in a variety of customer-focused disciplines.

Cory Downing is promoted to chief operating officer (COO). He has responsibility over Vortex’s production, facilities, operations, product development and organizational development. Downing has been with the company for 15 years and has experience managing Vortex’s engineering and manufacturing engineering efforts, as well as new product development.

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