Mikes replaces Rod Lefever, who served as President since the beginning of 2017. “I believe bringing Don on-board demonstrates our family’s long-term commitment to doing what is in the best interest of our customers, our employees, and our company,” said Lefever, who expressed his preference to the family to move out of the President’s role earlier this year. “It’s been rewarding and humbling to serve as President for such a great team and I am excited about the focus, experience, expertise and energy Don brings to Hoober.”
Mikes joins Hoober after a successful career with Penske Truck Rental and Leasing, where he started as a Management Trainee after graduating from Shippensburg University with a BSBA in Marketing. Mikes rose to the position of Vice President of Consumer Rental before being promoted to Vice President of Rental which included both consumer and commercial product lines. In 2012, Mikes was promoted to Senior Vice President of Rental, leading and directing Penske’s $1.6 billion rental business.
“I am very excited about the opportunity to step into this leadership role at Hoober,” said Mikes. “I am fully committed to carrying forward Hoober’s values and more than 75-year tradition of providing outstanding equipment, service and support to the farming community. I’ve had the privilege of traveling with Rod to each of the locations and meeting the people who make up the Hoober team and it’s energizing to see that Hoober’s values of integrity, teamwork and service are concepts they believe in and live every day in supporting our customers and the ag community.”
Mikes and his wife of 25 years Jana have three daughters and are members of the West Lawn United Methodist Church.
“Hoober is a family company and there are family members involved in the day-to-day operations of our dealership both in leadership and various positions within different departments,” said Chuck Hoober. “Our family’s commitment to the business is as strong as ever. We wanted to find the person we felt was the best fit to take on the President role and Don really impressed us with his passion, vision and understanding of what has helped Hoober become who we are today. We’re excited to have him join Hoober.”