Better MPG

Detroit Radiator Corporation - Leadership team

Randy Pruitt

Randy Pruitt

Working for a family friend, Randy was first introduced to the radiator business as a teenager in high school. His career began as “gopher" at Downriver Radiator Corporation. A couple of years later, Randy's father, John Pruitt, purchased Downriver Radiator Corporation and was proud to place his highly-driven son in charge.

Randy grew Downriver Radiator Corporation by adding substantially more commercial accounts and recognizing an opportunity to change the game in heavy duty cooling products - by manufacturing all-metal aftermarket radiators as superior replacements for the OEM plastic and aluminum types. With this strong vision, Randall Industries was created in 1991.

Capitalizing on the brand most recognized for quality products, Randy purchased Detroit Radiator Corporation in 2001, merged his then two companies into one company, and expanded its presence across every market in the heavy duty truck industry.

It was Randy’s entrepreneurial and technical talent that built Detroit Radiator Corporation and made it the well-recognized, national, industry leader that it is today. His operational, hands-on knowledge of the radiator and heat transfer industry has enabled him to lead his company in focusing on customer needs, fair price, top quality, and on-time delivery.
Randy is an honored recipient of the following two recent prestigious awards:

  • Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year (2011)
  • Crain’s Detroit Business Salute to Entrepreneurs (2011)

As CEO of Detroit Radiator Corporation, Randy has built a strong foundation and a culture that represents his passion for success and giving back.

David Bitel

David Bitel
General Manager

David joined Detroit Radiator Corporation in 2009.  While his core expertise began in IT, he quickly became noted for his strategic and tactical vision and was given increased responsibility in each organization he joined.  David’s IT architectural abilities enabled him to analyze data—its source, relevance and accuracy—to support better decision-making.  In concert with the CEO, his sales and marketing initiatives have produced a growing customer base, through tapping into new and targeted segments within the heavy-duty radiator core industry.

David began his IT services career at Center for Computer Resources, a leading small business IT services company.  David held positions in sales management and consulting through the mid 1990's.  In 1996, he joined to Atlas Oil Company as their IT Manager and was promoted in 2000 to Quality Assurance Manager, responsible for all business processes for this major fuel distribution company.  In 2002, David re-joined Center for Computer Resources as Director of Business Productivity Solutions at Center for Computer Resources, where he managed a division of consulting engineers that implemented leading Customer Relationship Management applications for small to mid size businesses.  In 2007, he became General Manager for UltraLevel, a leading virtualization technology provider, responsible for all Sales and Operations staffing.

Suzanne Bitel

Suzanne Bitel
Inside Sales Manager

Suzanne joined Detroit Radiator Corporation in 2009 as the newest member of the inside sales team.  Utilizing her strong relationship building skills and experience within the transportation industry she quickly rose to the top of the sales charts at DRC.  In early 2010 Suzanne was promoted to Inside Sales Manager and immediately went to work on expanding her inside sales team.  With an innovate approach to recruiting and interviewing candidates, Suzanne increased the inside sales staff fourfold - setting record sales numbers for DRC.

Prior to joining the DRC team, Suzanne had worked as a National Account Manager for MTS Driver Recruiters and as a Customer Service Manager for Atlas Oil Company.

Roger Baughman

Roger Baughman
Production Manager

Roger first joined Detroit Radiator Corporation in 1993.  As Shop Manager, Roger had responsibility over the warehouse, customer service and the radiator repair shop departments.  When DRC was acquired by Randall Industries in 2001, Roger moved over to Downriver Radiator to serve as the Shop Manager.  Over the next 9 years Roger successfully built a steady revenue stream from commercial and consumer accounts.

In 2010 Roger re-joined DRC as the Production Manager, responsible for all the manufacturing and safety processes for the company.  During his first year as Production Manager, Roger directed the manufacturing growth with unit production increases over 200%.

Having been in the automotive and heavy duty truck radiator field since 1980, Roger is one of the most well respected "radiator men" in the business.


ultra cool powermax ultra cool