Prior leadership and industry experience (both within the organization and prior)
2017 to Present - I joined Bonnell Aluminum in October 2017 to lead the Niles plant following the plant expansion project. I have led the plant during the ramp up and growth of the value-add fabrication business and the new press. We have seen dramatic improvements in safety, quality, delivery performance and profitability during my short tenure here. We are actively growing the business by launching TSLOTS by Bonnell Aluminum in the Mid-West after several years of success on the west out of our Clearfield, UT location. We continue to grow the portfolio of automotive and automotive like extrusions from the new 9” Pressezzi press. The outlook is exciting as we move Niles towards the Beacon.
2011-2017 - Prior to joining Bonnell I was the Plant Manager of the Wheatland Tube facility in Warren, OH. During my time there I was an instrumental leader in over $20MM of investments to upgrade the capability of the facility and grow the capacity over 53%. My plant produced over 200,000 standard tons of steel pipe and tube serving a vast range of markets including standard pipe, sprinkler pipe, electrical conduit, and energy pipe.
2009-2011 – at Alcoa Aluminum Technical Center in New Kensington, PA developing new technology for smelting aluminum potentially reducing the cost to produce by 60% while eliminating direct CO2e emissions and improving energy efficiency by 20%. Working with research scientists, engineers and technicians in the R&D effort for simple, robust and innovative solutions for the retro-fit of this technology into Alcoa’s existing smelters as well as the design and build of green field sites.
2007-2009 – Alcoa Aluminum Wenatchee Works Manager; Wenatchee, WA where I was the location manager for 100kMT smelter and casthouse with 400 unionized and salaried employees and $270MM in annual revenue. Products consisted of primary aluminum and foundry ingot for both internal Alcoa and third-party customers.
2003-2007 – Alcoa Aluminum San Ciprian; Led a 250kMT smelter and casthouse with 720 unionized and salaried employees from Net Margin of $91MM in 2005 to over $191MM in 2006. Products included primary extrusion billet, sheet ingot and T-bar aluminum for both internal Alcoa and third-party customers. Recipient of two Alcoa Impact Awards and “Best-of-the-Best” for reducing emissions and saving $2MM annually in waste. Led the smelter to achieve a 0.16 OSHA recordable rate in 2005 and won the Alcoa “Safety Performance – Continuous Improvement” award. The plant was also recognized by the European Aluminum Association for multiple awards for safety performance. Involved in the negotiations of a new contract bargaining agreement with the leaders of the five Unions.
1997-2003 – I started my professional career with Alcoa Aluminum in the Primary metals’ division. I started as a process engineer at the Alcoa Eastalco works in Frederick, MD where I moved up through the organization.
Please, explain your passions and values
Professionally, my passion is derived from coaching and leading people to achieve amazing results they previously never believed they could achieve. I love working with all kinds of people and all the challenges that come with driving a culture within a manufacturing facility. The fact that there are no two days the same is exhilarating for me. I honestly still cannot believe that I get paid to do what I do.
What about Bonnell Aluminum makes it a great place to work?
I am not only supported but encouraged to do the things that I am passionate about. Bonnell is a flat and dynamic organization that is values based and wants to grow and continuously improve.
Personal interests (hobbies, talents, etc.)
I enjoy spending time with my family and traveling to new and exciting places. Spending time outdoors hiking, biking, snow skiing, fishing, jeeping and gardening.