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Stephens new VP at Walthers

By Hal Miller
Published: June 9, 2010
Michael Stephens
Model railroad manufacturer-distributor Wm. K. Walthers has announced the hiring of Michael Stephens as its vice president of proprietary products.

Stephens, most recently with Silvergate Distributors, has a long history with the model railroad business. He started in the segment at 14, working in a family-owned model train importing business. Later, he served as vice president of marketing with Kalmbach Publishing and then president of Athearn Trains.

He is highly regarded throughout the industry as a strong leader with the ability to cultivate strategic partnerships. In his new role, Stephens will provide strategic direction for Walthers brand managers along with members of the marketing team in the areas of product selection and development, portfolio and inventory management, brand definition and message, promotions and other marketing initiatives.

"I am thrilled to have Michael join our team," says President Phil Walthers. "He has a clear vision and understanding of the industry and I believe that he will play a key role in guiding our company toward greater success."