Mark Getis Retires from Summit Chemical Company
Baltimore, MD—Mark Getis, Vice President of Retail Sales for Summit Chemical Co., has retired from the company. Mr. Getis attended the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas, May 1-3 as his last official duty for Summit.
Getis joined Summit Chemical in 1990 to help bring Mosquito Dunks®, the company’s top commercial insecticide product, to nationwide distribution through consumer retail outlets.
When Getis started working with Summit, Mosquito Dunks® (known throughout the commercial trade as B.T.I. Briquets) was the number one selling biological mosquito larvicide for professional extermi- nators and municipalities, but it was not widely known as a consumer product.
Mark Getis has retired from Summit Chemical after 22 years of service to the company.
“Mark Getis was instrumental in getting Mosquito Dunks® into national retail distribution and helping the product achieve its tremendous sales success,” said Jonathan Cohen, President of Summit Chemical Co. (www.summitchemical.com). “Getis taught Summit the retail business, and his contacts and stellar reputa- tion throughout the industry helped to make Mosquito Dunks® North America’s favorite biological mosquito control.”
During his more than 20-year tenure with Summit, Getis developed retail programs, developed and maintained distribu- tor relationships, managed the company’s national sales team, establish new sales accounts, and served as a key advisor on all sales-related matters.
Prior to joining Summit, Getis had his own successful sales rep company called Getis Associates. He represented a wide variety of products to the hardware trade. Getis first learned about Mosquito Dunks® when a dealer at a trade show asked Getis if he knew where the product could be purchased. Getis tracked down Larry Kase, then the owner of Summit Chemical, and told Mr. Kase that he would be interested in selling the product line.
“Mark was interested in selling Mosquito Dunks® nationally, and he had the contacts to make the product a huge retail success,” said Jonathan Cohen. “No one can ever replace Mark for what he’s done for Summit in the retail side of the business. Not only does he have outstanding marketing and sales skills, but he is a man of great integrity who has a lifetime of building relationships with people.”
As Vice President of Retail Sales for Summit, Getis also oversaw the sales and distribu- tion of several additional products including Mosquito Bits®, Summit Year-Round® Spray Oil, Clear-Water® Barley Straw Planters and Summit’s newest product, Summit® Biological Caterpillar & Webworm Control.
Mr. Getis says he will stay busy in retirement, with plans for a long-distance bicycling trip, golf, travel and lots of winter skiing.
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Mosquito Dunks® , Mosquito Bits® and other Summit products are available at home centers, hardware stores, garden centers and www.summitresponsiblesolutions.com.