ORLANDO, Fla. – STIHL Southeast, Inc., distributor of STIHL outdoor power equipment for Florida, Georgia, Alabama and portions of the Caribbean, announced that Mark Bixler has been named director of sales beginning January 1, 2015. Bixler brings a wealth of sales and management experience to the position, currently serving as territory manager for Southeast Florida and the Caribbean Islands. He will oversee the STIHL Southeast sales team, replacing Ward Brooks, who announced his retirement effective Dec. 31, 2014. In addition to his current role at STIHL Southeast, Bixler previously held sales and management positions with various security companies in South Florida, most recently with Stanley Convergent Security Solutions. He also served in the U.S. Navy for 14 years.