Pictured (from left to right) Jentry Wittkamper, Lee Denhart, Chris Broome, John Pidgeon, Mike Broome, and Bob Mathes.

Draper is entering the new decade with a new company president, but with the same commitment to our customers, our employees, and our community that has served us well for 118 years.

Chris Broome becomes
only the fifth president in the company’s 118-year history after John Pidgeon
stepped down following 15 years in the role. Broome continues the Draper
tradition of family ownership and management. He is the cousin of John Pidgeon
and son of vice president of manufacturing Mike Broome, and the great-great-grandson
of company founder Luther Draper.

“It has been an honor to serve as Draper’s President for the
last 15 years, but the time has come to pass the torch,” John said in a
statement to employees.

Chris has been
with Draper since 1992 serving in several capacities, most recently as
architectural market manager.

“Chris has been
preparing for this job for many years, and he will do it well,” Pidgeon said.
“Draper’s culture is strong and will endure and I am confident that our best
years are yet to come.”

“I am honored to
carry on the family tradition at Draper,” said Broome. “I realize that I have
big shoes to fill, but like John, I am very confident about Draper’s future.”

The move also led
to several other management changes. Lee Denhart replaces Chris Broome as
architectural market manager. Lee came to the Draper sales team in 1989. Jentry
Wittkamper assumes Lee’s former position as director of sales. Jentry joined
Draper in 1997 and most recently served as export sales manager and lifts and
mounts product manager.

John Pidgeon will continue as chairman of the board of
directors, and Mike Broome remains in his role as vice president of
manufacturing.

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