YKK AP America, based in Austell, Ga., announced the appointment of Jim Zester as Northeastern Regional Manager. He will lead branch sales, production and distribution operations for Baltimore and Boston.

Zester brings more than 20 years of direct sales and operations experience to YKK AP. Most recently, Zester served as regional operations manager at QUIKRETE® Companies, a nationally recognized leader of manufactured concrete products, where he directed multi-site manufacturing operations in the Mid-Atlantic region.

“Jim is a progressive and dynamic operations leader whose passion for building successful teams is contagious,” said Mike Turner, senior vice president of sales and marketing at YKK AP America. “He brings a wealth of experience to the Northeastern region. We are confident in his ability to lead a growing team of employees and customers in the Baltimore and Boston branches, and look forward to his many contributions to YKK AP.”

“I am thrilled to be welcomed into such a strong and well-established sales and operations team, and I look forward to furthering YKK AP’s growth in the Northeastern region,” said Zester.