A long-time jan/san industry veteran has recently become a manufacturer’s rep for Tornado Industries.

Gary Navratil, president of GEN Products Marketing Co., Longwood, Fla., will represent Tornado in the state of Florida.

Navratil has excelled working with the state’s large resort industry. He also specializes in the healthcare and education markets, as well as maintaining close relations with building service contractors throughout the state.

In the late 1970s, Navratil started his jan/san career as manager for a building service contracting company. After six years in that position, he spent more than 10 years as sales manager for a leading jan/san distributor before becoming a manufacturer’s rep. He now works with jansan distributors and sales reps where he provides training and assistance with end user calls.

"What interested me most about Tornado is how innovative their products are," says Navratil. "The CV 30 true-HEPA vacuum cleaner is perfect for our resort industry because it’s so quiet, lightweight, and ergonomically-designed. And, the cylindrical brush floor machines are easier to use than traditional rotary floor equipment."

According to Navratil, Tornado’s commitment to training was another key factor that encouraged him to join the Tornado team. "In my book, the sale isn’t complete until the training is done and Tornado believes that as much as I do," he adds. "This is important to me, my customers, and our industry."