The Carmon Group Places Rich Peets as Director of Sales & Marketing with GMP Friction Products

The Carmon Group is pleased to announce that Rich Peets has joined GMP Friction Products as their Director of Sales & Marketing. This role reports directly to the President of GMP Friction Products. Rich has overall responsibility for business development, managing a national sales team to drive sales growth, new market development and product innovation efforts.

Rich brings nearly 20 years of sales & marketing, engineering and friction products experience to the GMP business. Prior to joining GMP Friction Products, Rich spent a decade with Carlisle Brake & Friction, formerly Wellman Products. He held various sales and engineering leadership roles including Director of Sales for their Caterpillar market segment, OE Segment Manager, OE Sales Manager and Senior Commercial Product Engineer. Rich received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Akron.

About GMP Friction Products ( For more than 80 years, GMP Friction Products (formerly GEMPCO) has provided many answers to tough problems in controlling, stopping or transmitting power. They are the originator of powdered metal-based friction materials used in clutch and brake applications and have two facilities in Akron, Ohio. They develop friction materials to meet the unique needs for each application, in order to fulfill the high expectations their customers place on each carefully-planned final product. GMP offers a variety of solutions to industries such as aerospace, agriculture, ATV, construction, wind energy, industrial and military.

Chris Carmon was the search consultant managing this project. The Carmon Group is a Cleveland, Ohio-based, entrepreneurial, retained search firm. Our firm has a consistent track record for delivering the highest quality services which have a measurable and significant ROI on our clients’ businesses. We selectively partner with the best growth businesses throughout the United States. Our Leadership Team has over 75 years’ of combined experience in retained search.