Sun Prairie, Wis.-based Trachte Building Systems, a manufacturer and supplier of pre-engineered steel buildings to the self-storage industry, announced the following promotions:

  • Jeff Seefelt was appointed president and chief operating officer. Seefelt, who held the previous position of vice president of sales and marketing, joined Trachte in 1980 as a sales representative.
  • Don Ketelboeter accepted the position of production manager. He will direct the activities of the manufacturing floor as well as the traffic and receiving department. He has been with the company eight years.
  • Mike McCabe is now Trachte's supply-chain manager, responsible for maintaining proper inventory levels, working with vendors and supervising the purchasing department. He was previously the company's inventory analyst for four years.
  • Steve Plenty has been promoted to assistant controller. Hired in 2000 as a senior cost analyst, he will now be responsible for financial analysis, work-center analysis, budget preparation and maintenance of internal company audit.
  • Mike Larson accepted the position of assistant sales manager. He will supervise regional managers, handle customer-account strategy and carry out the company's policies and procedures. He maintains a sales territory of New York and New Jersey.
  • Laurie Dary was appointed pricing supervisor. She will carry out proposal and contract-generation procedures, coordinate the implementation of product improvements, generate reports and supervise the pricing department.

The company also hired Matt Skowronek and Mike Noroña as engineering technicians and Steve Hayden, it's newest employee, as a structural engineer. For more information, call 800.356.5824 or visit

Jeff Seefelt

Don Ketelboeter

Mike McCabe

Steve Plenty

Mike Larson

Laurie Dary

Steve Hayden


Donald W. Murney

Former chief financial officer for U-Haul International Inc., Donald W. Murney, resigned his position to become managing partner of Murney & Partners, a company specializing in providing capital and financial-structuring services for the self-storage industry worldwide. Murney and his partners, Robin J. Haldeman and Christopher R. Miller, both former U-Haul executives, bring significant strategic insight and financial expertise to the venture. Based in Scottsdale, Ariz., the company will attract debt and equity capital for clients while maximizing investment returns or mitigating taxes. The partners will work closely with owners to customize growth plans and create the financial products they need. For more information, call 480.951.0105.


Rob Wright

Jerry Leatherwood

BETCO Inc. of Statesville, N.C., promoted Jerry Leatherwood to the newly created position of vice president of engineering and technical services. In addition to his new responsibilities, he will take over the project-management department. Before joining BETCO, Leatherwood was director of R&D and engineering for American Buildings Co.

The company also rehired Rob Wright as its director of project management and construction. He previously spent three years with the company as a field superintendent and project manager. For more information, call 800.654.7813 or visit


Noah's GP Inc. announced Jeff Eckols has been hired as the company's executive vice president. He will be responsible for all market and site-selection activities for the Noah's Ark Self Storage chain. As a veteran real estate attorney, part of Eckols' past experience includes handling the closing of most of the Noah's Ark properties to date. His experience will be valuable in the firm's continued development in the Southeast and Southwest. For more information, visit

If you would like to announce your company's new hires or promotions in "Movers and Shakers," e-mail [email protected] or fax to 480.941.2638.

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