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John Coghlan
Beam Industries
1944 -

John CoghlanFor more than 18 years, John Coghlan was a leading advocate behind the professionalism and growth of the central vacuum industry.

John joined BEAM Industries on October 5, 1987, as vice president and general manager after holding a number of operations, marketing and logistics leadership positions with agricultural equipment manufacturer Massey Ferguson, Ltd.

In 1993, John was named president of BEAM and guided the company to global leadership in central vacuum system manufacturing, sales and marketing.

During his career at BEAM, John guided the development of quiet central vacuum power units, packaging individual tools, hoses and electric power brushes into complete cleaning ensembles or “power teams,” and the incorporation of operating components that improved the systems’ reliability.

He also oversaw BEAM’s move from an antiquated manufacturing plant to a modern facility in Webster City, Iowa, where nearly one-third of the world’s central vacuum system production now takes place. Taking a broad view, John focused considerable energy beyond production to expanding markets for central vacuum systems. He directed creation of a professional sales force to grow independent dealer and distributor networks in the U.S., Canada and more than 50 countries around the world. And in 2001, he spearheaded a first-of-its-kind clinical study proving that use of a BEAM Central Vacuum System relieves allergy symptoms.

A native of Mount Pleasant, Iowa, John earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa and was an officer in the U.S. Army where he served in various positions in the U.S. and overseas.

A tireless advocate for central vacuum systems, John has held numerous leadership positions on a number of industry associations and committees. He served on the Vacuum Dealers Trade Association [VDTA] Board of Directors from 1989-2001. He also was a member of the Central Vacuum Committee of the Vacuum Cleaner Manufacturers Association (VCMA), and served as the committee’s chairman in 2001.

2006 Vacuum & Sewing Hall of Fame Inductee