DIAMOND BAR, Calif. – August 6, 2007 – Dacor®, market leader in luxury kitchen appliance design, manufacturing and distribution, today announced that Ric Brutocao has recently joined the management team as President, Chief Operating Officer of Dacor. In this newly created role, Brutocao will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the company and will report directly to Dacor Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, S. Michael Joseph.
Brutocao brings to Dacor a wide range of business experience that spans over 35 years, with an extensive background that includes developing computer systems for large commercial installations and managing an Italian manufacturer of luxury yachts through international distribution.
"We are pleased to have Ric as a part of our management team and are excited about the new heights to which his leadership will take Dacor," said Joseph. "Along with his solid ethical foundation and strong family values, he brings a wealth of business experience in both large and small companies. He is an excellent communicator and has a terrific ability to get to the heart of an issue by asking the right questions. Ric greatly respects the company that Dacor is today and is enthusiastic about helping us grow in sales and profits."
Prior to joining the Dacor team, Brutocao served as Chief Executive Officer of AAC Corporation, a re-seller of software tools, services and training for specialty engineering across a wide range of technologies. Following his tenure at AAC, Brutocao served as Chief Executive Officer, President and Board Member with software manufacturer, Centergist Solutions. Most recently, Brutocao held the position of Chief Executive Officer and Board Member with Advanced Materials Group Inc, in Dallas, Texas (NASQAQ: ADMG.PK).
"Throughout Ric's career, he has maintained exceptional standards, remaining dedicated to producing high-quality products and focusing on the intricate details that his customers find significant. It is because of these reasons that he is the perfect fit for Dacor. Our company is committed to providing consumers with innovative products that are handcrafted with exquisite design and precision performance details to enhance life in the kitchen and ultimately improve the quality of the life in the home," continued Joseph.
Brutocao holds a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from the California State University at Los Angeles and a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California. His charitable activities include co-founding Lifesavers of America, a national organization dedicated to the cure of leukemia, and serving on the Board of the National Marrow Foundation. Brutocao is also a member of the Board of Governors of Legatus, an International organization of Catholic CEO's, and he serves on the Board of the Father Spitzer Center for Ethical Leadership. He resides in California with his wife, Michelle, and his six children.
About Dacor: Founded in 1965, Dacor has introduced many industry firsts including an infrared ceramic gas broiler inside an electric Pure Convection self-cleaning oven, an outdoor grill with built-in halogen lights, and the world's only 30" dishwasher. Based in Diamond Bar, Calif., Dacor offers a complete line of luxury consumer appliances that includes ranges, wall ovens, cooktops, warming ovens, microwaves, dishwashers, ventilation hoods, built-in coffee systems, refrigerators, beverage centers, wine stewards and outdoor grills.
Home chefs now have unlimited access to Dacor accessories with EverythingDacor.com, a new e-commerce site that offers consumers accessories to complement their kitchen.
For more information on Dacor, its product line and local dealer locations, visit www.dacor.com, contact Customer Care at (800) 793-0093 or visit the Dacor product showroom at corporate headquarters in Diamond Bar, Atlanta, Chicago or San Francisco.