Akkerman announced Feb. 16 that Paul Nicholas has joined the sales and marketing team. Nicholas will hold the position of international marketing manager, increasing Akkerman sales overseas for all lines of equipment with a focus on microtunneling systems.
Nicholas brings an extensive 22-year career of trenchless technology and international sales and marketing experience. He was the president of Soltau Microtunneling Inc. and made Soltau the market leader in United States in the 1990s. Prior to joining Akkerman, Nicholas held the position of general manager of The Robbins Co. SBU division. In addition, he spent 11 years in international sales in the oil services industry and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology. He currently resides in New Delhi, India.
Paul states “my experience has enabled me to develop as a recognized industry expert in microtunneling with the ability to operate across many cultural environments.” His international experiences have been extensive and worldwide including Africa, Europe, South America, Asia Pacific, China, and the Middle East.
Rob Tumbleson, Akkerman Vice President, Sales and Marketing, states “We are excited about the potential opportunities in store for Akkerman with Paul coming on board. Having an international presence has been a long-time goal for our team. Paul’s recognition in the industry and his overseas location will positively further the Akkerman Inc. brand abroad.”
Since 1973, Akkerman Inc. has manufactured distinctive microtunneling, pipe jacking, tunneling, guided boring and earth pressure balance equipment.

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