Standish Executive Search Works with Howes Lubricator to Select New Vice President of Marketing

The Howes Family Welcomes Phil Colacchio to the Leadership Role;

Plans Growth of Product Line


Providence, Rhode Island – North Kingstown-based Howes Lubricator worked with Business Succession & Growth Expert Standish Executive Search in Providence to select a new Vice President of Marketing.  A broad national search was conducted over the last several months to identify the ideal candidate for this executive role leading to the hiring of Phil Colacchio of BarringtonColacchio will lead product and marketing strategies for the 98 year old company.

“Standish Executive Search worked with Howes Lubricator to find the candidate that would have a similar customer-focused approach, combined with the ability to obtain results in moving the company toward its sales and growth objectives,” said Kelley Small, Principal of Standish Executive Search.  “We recommended Phil Colacchio to Howes Lubricator based on his strong track record in both sales and marketing coupled with his hands-on approach.”

Colacchio is a strategist with fifteen years of experience in marketing, most recently as Director of Global Marketing for Titleist Golf Gear.  His strategic planning abilities are complemented by a strong consideration and understanding of consumer value creation and entrepreneurial spirit. Prior work includes companies such as Newell Rubermaid and ACCO Brands among others. He is a graduate of the University of Vermont.

“We are thrilled to have Phil Colacchio join our team, and we believe his track record of success speaks to his ability to bring about measurable results for Howes Lubricator,” said Erika Howes, Vice President of Business Development at Howes Lubricator.  “As a 98-year old company, we are constantly striving to find new ways to serve our customers, and Standish really understood that we were looking for someone who would fit into our culture while also helping us to grow our revenue and profitability.  We are confident Standish has found the right person to help us grow our business.”

Founded in 1920 by Wendell V.C. Howes, Howes Lubricator is a fifth-generation family business that produces a specialized line of preventive maintenance products formulated for diesel engine owners and operators.  The company’s state-of-the-art oil additives, fuel additives and multi-use lubricants are used worldwide.


About Standish Executive Search:

Standish Executive Search is a New England-based firm that builds every search to meet each client’s unique culture, operations and strategy objectives.  The firm counsels and advises companies seeking accelerated growth, change or succession, employing Standish’s unique Standish Model© to identify, attract and retain the right leaders. More information can be found at


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