The Charlton Group, Inc. provides superior representation and project management support for a global network of clients in North American, European and Asia Pacific markets.

Since its inception in 1978, the company is the sales liaison of choice for worldwide manufacturers that supply products for some of the world's largest automotive groups.


Humble Beginnings

Working during the day as a traveling salesman for Burroughs in Detroit, and bartending at night at the Cave Bar on Warren and Mt. Elliot, Chris Charlton spent his first year out of school in 1977 trying to make ends meet and pay back his student loans. When his father, RL, saw potential in a booming automotive industry, Chris was eager to discover his niche. 

One Smart Deal Can Change Everything

In 1978 RL introduced Chris to AMG Industries, a high quality fabricator of precision metal components. With AMG's rich family history and impressive capabilities paired with Chris's aptitude for sales and desire to succeed, it was an ideal partnership. In July of 1978 the Charlton Group was formed with a sole client, AMG Industries and was secured with only a handshake. AMG and the Charlton group are still working together to this day- almost 40 years later with loyalty, trust, and great success.  

Robert Leonard Charlton [1931-2009] our inspiration, leader and a friend to all.  Without his guidance our company would never exist.  This photo was taken prior to the establishment of the Charlton Group during his career in Radio.

Global Reach

Since then, the Charlton Group has expanded our global reach to five continents. We uncover new opportunities and guide clients to successful supply of vital base components for OEM automotive companies and automotive tier-level manufacturers in major markets on every continent.

Our highly skilled, well-trained sales force understands the needs of business, engineering and manufacturing. Charlton provides technical sales, program management, product quality planning, warehousing and distribution along with engineering, design, solid modeling and strategic support with new global facilities and acquisitions. Our mission is to serve our clients everywhere and in every way. 




Chris Charlton is the President and Founder of The Charlton Group.  Chris is a graduate of Michigan State University, the father of two children, and an avid sportsman, including hiking, high level tennis, skiing, and a black belt in martial arts. He is a bible study participant, philanthropist, President of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, major benefactor of Mayo Clinic, including endowments to the Charlton Building at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, a member of the Visiting Committee of the Michigan Center for Theoretical Physics and political/international trade and commerce advocate.

Executive Advisory Team

Joe Grievo

Joe Grievo has worked in the automotive industry for the past 28 years and employed with the Charlton Group since 1990. In 2015 he left his post as Executive Vice President to maintain an advisory position.  He is married with three children, enjoys sports and family and has a basic fluency in the Italian language. 

deepak nagaraja

Deepak Nagaraja has held various positions at Magna, most recently Vice President Global Purchasing and Supply Chain, and Represented Magna on many JV boards.  Prior to Magna Deepak worked with Ford, Boeing and Allied Signal Aerospace. Deepak holds a B.E. in Mechanical Engineering and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering.

nick marantette

Nick Marentette has previosusly as President of BAE the European based division, he was also a Managing Officer of Toyota Boshoku Japan and first non- Japanese MO.  Nick is married with a son and resides in Windsor Ontario. He is the President of the Boys and Girls Club of Windsor and has held the position of promoter and manager of mixed martial arts and boxing events throughout the US, Europe and Asia. 

Guiseppe tartaglioni

Dr. Guiseppe Tartaglione is the Chairman of Corporate Relations Italy at Volkswagen Group.  After graduating in law, he started his career in the automotive industry and covered board member functions in various companies, including Seat, Magneti Marelli and Fiat Powertrain Technologies.

heinz preissler

Heinz Preissler joined BMW in 1969 and held various positions most recently President and CEO of BMW-Brilliance China.  Mr. Preissler was a member of the Board of Directors of the German Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Beijing as well as a member of the Board of Directors of the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce in China.


Keith Baliko

Keith Baliko is a Vice President in the automotive division based in Detroit.  He has worked in the automotive industry for the past 21 years, previously in purchasing with General Motors.  He is married with two children, enjoys all outdoor sports with emphasis in golf, and most importantly family time.

Tonya Krause

Tonya Krause is a Vice President in the automotive division based in Detroit.  She has worked in the automotive industry for the past 20 years, previously with BASF Heavy Duty Diesel and JCI Seating.  She is married with two boys and enjoys spending time with her family.

CT Charlton

CT Charlton is a Vice President and Industrial Segment leader based in Seattle.  CT specializes in the Commercial Vehicle, Construction/Agricultural and Aerospace markets. CT is an instrument-rated pilot and in his spare time enjoys flying, being outdoors and spending time with his wife and son.

Kevin Fromm

Kevin Fromm is a Vice President in the industrial division handling the Chicago and North Carolina markets. Kevin has a degree in electrical engineering and a masters in business.  Kevin is married with two children, enjoys sports, including soccer, golf and running, he also paints, reads and does volunteer work with church and his community.

Petr Machacek

Petr Machacek is Executive Vice President of Charlton Europe based in Munich.  Petr joined The Charlton group in 1999 in Czech Republic and is fluent in 5 languages.  Petr is married, has one child, and frequently travels in the interest of clients. In free time, Petr enjoys sports, family activities and active music.

Shusaku Maruko

Shusaku Maruko is the President of Charlton Asia.  Shusaku's background includes serving as an engineer at Sony Corporation, Etak Inc., a board member of FeliCa and most recently serving as executive director and board member of U-shin Ltd.  He is married with a son, and enjoys sports, especially running marathons.



Our offices are strategically located on 4 continents next to every major manufacturer.  We are constantly adding new staff and entering new markets.  If there is a location you need that isn't listed above, just ask.  Odds are we already have something in the works.

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