As the new president of UniCarriers Americas, Akira (Alex) Shiki is actually quite familiar with the operations at our Marengo headquarters and our network of authorized dealers.
Akira was vice president, product engineering for Nissan Forklift Corporation, North America, in Marengo from 1998 to 2004, until returning to global headquarters in Japan, where he served as general manager, management and planning department. In 2010 he was promoted to CEO and president of Nissan Forklift Co., Ltd, and was appointed as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the U.S. subsidiary at that time.
When UniCarriers Corporation was created in 2012, he accepted the position of officer and general manager of product merchandising, UniCarriers Corporation, and he continues to serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors of UniCarriers Americas Corporation today.
Chief Financial Officer, Vice President, Finance and IT
Prusinski has complete responsibility for leading all finance and IT efforts, with a focus on profit, cash flow management and long-term strategy. As a member of the executive leadership team, he plays a key strategic role in the overall management of the company.
Bringing more than 25 years of experience to UCA, Prusinski held the positions of global controller at SPX Hydraulic Technologies; corporate finance director at SIRVA, a Clayton, Dubilier & Rice Portfolio Company; controller at Textron Fastening Systems; finance and treasury director at Monsanto; corporate finance director at Duplex Products and accounting manager at Babcock & Wilcox.
Prusinski holds a master's degree and a bachelor's degree in science from Northern Illinois University. He also has an associate's degree from Oakton Community College.
John W. Hoyle
Vice President, Corporate Administration
Hoyle oversees legal, risk management, human resources, and trade compliance for the company's operations in the United States, Canada and Mexico. He has been responsible for human resources since joining UCA in December 1990. He was given the additional responsibility for legal and risk management in 1999, and trade compliance in 2010. Hoyle also serves as an officer of the company in the capacity of secretary.
Prior to joining UCA, Hoyle worked in management capacities in human resources and administration for the Emerson Electric Co., Hendrickson International Corp., the Standard Brands unit of Nabisco Brands, Inc., the Pullman, Inc. unit of Wheelabrator-Frye, Inc., and the Babcock & Wilcox Co. unit of J. Ray McDermott, Inc.
Hoyle holds a bachelor's degree in Sociology and Geology from Mt. Union College in Alliance, Ohio, and he attended The John Marshall School of Law in Chicago, Illinois.
Vice President, Product Engineering
Ichiki is responsible for product engineering. Bringing more than 25 years of industry experience to the position, Ichiki led the efforts to develop UCA's Platinum Series cushion and pneumatic IC forklift trucks. He is continually strategizing to develop and bring new and competitive products to market.
Prior to his arrival at UCA in 2010, Ichiki was based in Japan where he had management responsibilities at Nissan Motor Company Limited.
A native of Japan, Ichiki received his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Osaka Prefecture University.
James J. Radous III
Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Radous establishes and directs all the strategic business sales and marketing initiatives for UCA for the western hemisphere. He has piloted formal strategic and tactical plans to advance UCA's eMarketing and social media initiatives.
Prior to his arrival at UCA in 2009, Radous obtained his global marketing and sales managerial experience from several positions including vice president, sales at Knaack LLC, a division of Emerson; vice president of global marketing at Klein Tools; director, sales and marketing at Wen Products; and sales and marketing manager at The Chamberlain Group.
Radous received his bachelor's degree in communications from Northern Illinois University and his master's degree in business administration from Roosevelt University in Chicago.
Anthony James Salgado
Vice President, Manufacturing Operations
Salgado oversees the company's manufacturing operations, as well as the quality, service, warranty, and service parts warehouse operations.
Salgado began his career at UCA in 2001 in the position of Director, Quality Engineering. He was promoted to Director, Quality and Manufacturing Engineering in 2004, and to his current role in 2008.
Prior to joining UCA, Salgado held the positions of Six Sigma Master Black Belt at GE Capital, and Quality Manager at GE Appliances. He also served as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy, completing a tour as Surface Warfare Officer aboard the USS Fort McHenry, and another as the Executive Officer of the US Navy Ceremonial Guard in Washington, DC.
Salgado received his Bachelors of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering, from the United States Naval Academy.