Marine Movers — Key Recreation Lending expands leadership structure

CLEVELAND -- Key Consumer Finance, a division of KeyBank NA, has expanded the leadership structure of the Key Recreation Lending (KRL) division.

"We are expanding our leadership team as part of our growth strategy," said Key Consumer Finance Executive Michael A. Butler. "This dynamic new leadership structure will focus on enhancing service to our clients, growing revenue and creating added value for shareholders."

In the newly created role of KRL chairman, Kenneth R. Landon will deepen his focus on building strategic alliances and raising KRL's profile across the industry. Landon was named president and CEO of Key Recreation Lending in 1987. He joined the former Society Bank (now Key) in 1969 and held management positions in both Commercial and Retail Credit in Society's Northwest Ohio affiliate banks.

Landon is active in the National Marine Manufacturers Association, National Marine Bankers Association, Recreation Vehicle Dealer Association and serves on the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association Finance Committee.

"For more than 16 years, Ken has used his industry knowledge, sales expertise and leadership abilities to develop and execute a strategic platform for KRL that resulted in significant revenue growth and industry recognition. His new role will allow him to build upon this success," said Butler.

Grant Skeens assumes the role of president and CEO for KRL. Skeens is responsible for successfully driving business strategies, and KRL operations, sales and marketing functions. He also retains his position as president and CEO for Key AutoFinance (KAF). In addition to his role with KAF and risk management leadership positions with Key, Skeens has held several positions with GE Capital.

"Grant's experience and exceptional leadership capabilities provide the expertise and enthusiasm that will help drive KRL to the next level of success," said Butler.

Kevin von Busch has been named SVP and national retail sales leader for KRL. His responsibilities include leading KRL's dealer retail, manufacturer retail, correspondent banking and product development and training teams. von Busch joined Key in 1999 and previously led KRL's commercial financial services group. Prior to that he held several positions with GE Capital.

Gregg Strong, currently KAF's commercial business leader, now also assumes the role of SVP and national commercial sales leader for KRL's commercial financial services business. He leads the sales teams dedicated to providing an array of financial products and services for auto and marine dealers.

Prior to joining Key in 2000, Strong held several positions with Banc One, including regional commercial auto finance manager. He has a bachelor's degree from Kent State University.

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