Contractors, Distributors, Technology

Marcone HVAC Welcomes a Host of Industry Leaders

March 26, 2024

New VPs bring depth, expertise to HVAC distribution

St. Louis, MO. (March 25, 2024) – Marcone announced today an expansion of its HVAC executive team, building on its position as one of North America’s largest distributors of appliance, HVAC, commercial kitchen, plumbing and pool/spa equipment, repair parts and solutions.

Industry veterans Ben Merritt, Brian Klaus, Chris Alonso and Hector Jimenez are new contributors to Marcone’s leadership team.

As Vice President of Revenue Optimization, Merritt is homing in on pricing optimization across Marcone’s HVAC division to create a streamlined customer value proposition. He also is utilizing his 17-year background in sales and marketing to help HVAC business units launch initiatives that evolve Marcone’s customer segment and product mix.

As HVAC Vice President of Omni-Channel Engagement, Klaus uses best-in-class technology to provide solutions that improve the customer experience. He is focusing on growing the company’s e-commerce efforts as a way of boosting customer satisfaction.

Alonso is Marcone’s Vice President of HVAC Strategic Accounts, focused on growing both regional and national sales in residential, multi-family housing and light commercial markets. He has a long history in the HVAC industry with extensive knowledge that will benefit Marcone’s HVAC customers.

Jimenez is Vice President of HVAC Regional Markets, where he leads C&L Supply HVAC and Plumbing. He is focused on helping customers succeed through value-added offerings such as dealer programs, technical and business training, and inventory management solutions.

All are newly created roles at Marcone, reporting to Marcone HVAC President Randall Hudspeth.

“I have enormous respect for the experience and knowledge that these men bring to Marcone,” Hudspeth said. “Our HVAC vertical is committed to delivering products and service that are second-to-none. These new additions will help us do that even better in the years to come.”

Marcone Group has expanded its footprint and product offering in recent years, entering the HVAC, plumbing, commercial kitchen and pool/spa sectors. Today, the company boasts nearly 200 locations in the U.S. and Canada, including distribution centers in most major metro areas. That vast distribution network affords next-day delivery to 93% of the United States and 100% two-day.

About Marcone

Marcone combines technology, subject matter expertise and a broad product catalog to provide technicians serving the appliance, HVAC, plumbing, commercial kitchen and pool/spa segments with best-in-class equipment, parts and solutions. Servicers prefer Marcone because we amplify what they do best: take great care of their clients with speed, reliability and accuracy. Headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, Marcone is a multi-billion-dollar enterprise operating out of nearly 200 locations throughout North America. Learn more at