Indianapolis — Routsis Training Inc. is growing with new customers about a year after its owner and founder, Andy Routsis, died unexpectedly on Nov. 4, 2021, leaving the company to his brother David Routsis.
David Routsis, owner and president-in-name of the Dracut, Mass.-based company, said the company is thriving under the leadership of General Manager Steve Murphy.
"I have president on my card," Routsis told Plastics News on Oct. 5 at the MAPP Benchmarking conference in Indianapolis.
"I felt I should have [a title]," he said, but the company's leadership is exploring what each of their roles will be moving forward.
While Routsis worked to settle his brother's estate, he said, the company ran well with its current leaders in place, including Daniel Stevens, senior plastics engineer, and Ralph Waterhouse, the company's senior sales manager.
"Why mess up a good thing?" he said. "The company has done well since the beginning of time. … Let me leave it as is; let them do what they do best.
"When my brother passed … Murphy was with him," Routsis said. "[Murphy] offered up help. I took him up on that and I asked him to step in as a general manager, somebody to run the company, because I need to take care of my brother's affairs."
While Murphy handled day-to-day business, Routsis helped with accounting and provided the company with access to its funding.
Not only did Routsis Training keep all of its employees and customers through the transition, but also it increased its sales over the last year, Routsis said.
The company is hiring new employees to handle more business, translating more training courses including finishing its programs in Spanish and planning to create new training products.