TEST, MEASUREMENT, INSPECTION & ASSEMBLY

Leadership

Corporate Executives:

John Mckenna - TASI Chief Executive Officer & Flow Segment President

John McKenna is the Chief Executive Officer of TASI Group and the President of the Flow Segment. Since August of 2012, John has led the TASI Flow Segment, comprised of six instrumentation companies in North America, Europe and Asia. In July of 2015, John became the CEO of TASI Group and has strengthened TASI’s focus on its four strategic business segments through acquisition, adding four businesses to TASI’s portfolio.

John has extensive senior leadership experience driving strategic and organizational excellence at industrial technology companies including Ashcroft and Invensys / Foxboro. He has in-depth experience in verticals that matter to TASI, such as chemical, oil and gas, pulp and paper, food, pharmaceuticals and power generation. John has vast global experiences covering China, Brazil, India, Japan and other diverse geographies, including setting up factories in China and Brazil and JVs in India.

John is a dynamic CEO/general manager with significant experience managing full P&Ls of global manufacturing and software development operations, in both turnaround and growth situations. He is a strong leader with a proven ability to recruit and develop high-performing executive teams. Specific experience in industrial products and automation industries, include software, hardware, and systems process control technologies and products.

Jim Schauer - TASI Chief Financial Officer

Jim Schauer is the Chief Financial Officer at TASI Group, joining the company in September 2015. Jim brings with him over 25 years of international experience in various finance roles in manufacturing, engineering and service environments. Jim joined TASI Group from TAS Energy where he held the position of CFO. Prior to this Jim worked for General Electric, Flow & Process Technologies (formerly Dresser Inc.) where he last held the position General Manager for the Americas Region and was previously Vice President Finance for Flow Technologies. Prior to General Electric, Jim spent a large portion of his career at Invensys Process Systems Inc. in various manufacturing and finance roles including an overseas assignment.

Jim has a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Finance as well as a Master of Business Administration, all from Bryant College, and is a Certified Management Accountant. Jim is married with two children, a dog and three cats and likes to spend his free time at Newfound Lake in New Hampshire.

 

Bill Curran - Automation Segment President & General Manager | ATC

With 35 years in automation and a computer science background, Bill Curran has developed and led technical teams to deliver world class automation. He is focused on the future and is proud to enable manufactures to grow their business. Mr. Curran considers ATC Automation’s goal as seeing our customers succeed using state of the art automation for producing products that touch our everyday lives. ATC Automation’s team-based approach delivers the optimum customer experience. Saying that people make the difference is so common it has lost its meaning; however, Bill’s goal has always been to build teams that work to partner with our customers for the best solutions and project outcomes.

While Bill might not know the latest on sports, he likes to be hands on from home improvements to woodworking. He enjoys spending his time remodeling a century old family home with his wife Donna, and going on adventures with their dog, Koda.

Kevin Hansell - Product Integrity Segment President & General Manager | CTS

Kevin Hansell is the President of the Product Integrity Segment and General Manager of Cincinnati Test Systems. Kevin joined the TASI team in 2006, and since 2011 has led Cincinnati Test Systems through a period of rapid growth by gaining market share and expanding into new vertical and international markets. Kevin believes that great products and great people are the core of any successful company and has built a strong team who continuously develop products that advance the state of the art and solve critical problems for customers.

Prior to working at TASI, Kevin’s experience includes leadership roles in product development, systems engineering and sales at Cincinnati Incorporated and GE Aviation.

 

Kris Fairfield - Package Integrity Segment President

Kris Fairfield is the President of the Package Integrity segment of TASI Group. The Package Integrity segment consists of three businesses: ALPS – located in Oak Creek, Wisconsin; Sepha – located in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and Bonfiglioli Engineering – located in Ferrara, Italy. Kris has been part of TASI Group since July of 2018.

Kris brings extensive international experience to TASI Group, with a strong commercial and general management background. Before joining TASI Group, Kris spent over a decade working for Thermo Fisher Scientific, where he held various commercial and management roles including managing a business in Shanghai China, and more recently managing the global product inspection business that included sites in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Parma, Italy.

Kris is a passionate proven global business leader with experience leading large multinational teams including commercial, product management, R&D and field service, and managing full P&L responsibilities. He is a proven leader that leads by example, and believes employees are the most valued asset within an organization.

In his free time, Kris enjoys travelling the globe with his wife and experiencing different cultures. He is looking to hit the century mark for countries visited by 2020.

Business Leaders:

Michael Lawson - General Manager | ALPS

Michael Lawson is the General Manager of ALPS – the leader in high-speed integrity testing for the plastics industry. His focus is on developing a growth strategy emphasizing technical innovation and international expansion. Michael is an experienced business leader with over 30 years of experience working with multinational technology companies.

Michael’s experience includes multiple leadership roles with SMC Corporation. He joined the TASI Group in 2007 as a New Business Development Manager for ATC Automation. He expanded the business beyond its traditional automotive customer base with an emphasis in life science, energy and consumer electronics. This expansion included a geographic expansion into the western US and internationally into Asia, Europe and Latin America. This contribution supported ATC’s diversification plans and exponential growth over the last 10 years. His next assignment was to bring European acquisition, Bonfiglioli Engineering to the Americas. During a four-year period, he was able to build a team and break into many leading pharma manufacturers and realize substantial growth.

Michael and his wife have two children and live in Nashville, TN. He is an adventurer at heart, enjoying traveling, hiking and is an accomplished landscape photographer.

Mark Iverson - General Manager | AW-Lake Company

Mark Iverson is the General Manager at the AW-Lake Company. Together with our European Sister Companies, AW-Lake’s products offer the most complete line of flow meters, monitors, sensors, and controllers available in the industry.

Mark joined the TASI team in 2007 and has held numerous roles at AW-Lake as Product Line Manager, Director of Engineering, and Sales Engineer. Since 2014 Mark has lead the AW-Lake team as General Manager with a vision to provide the right technology for the right application, develop niche products for niche applications, and to bring yesterday’s mechanical flow meters into today’s IIoT.

Since attending Marquette University, Mark has been a resident of Wisconsin after growing up in California and Arizona. His wife, two kids, and Marquette basketball bring him happiness through the long winters.

Andrea Cavana - General Manager | Bonfiglioli

Andrea’s previous experience is mainly related to the pharmaceutical market, where he has been active for almost 15 years working for different manufacturing companies, all devoted to the production of top quality equipment for this industry. The most important previous experience has been with Stilmas, an Italian company specialized in the production of pharma water generation systems.

Andrea has a strong commercial background that, coupled with international business experience and with know-how in lean manufacturing processes and methods, supports him in the management of a fast evolving and dynamic company like Bonfiglioli Engineering. A strong trust in team work guides Andrea’s actions in the life of the Company.

Thanks to Andrea, Bonfiglioli Engineering scaled its knowledge, power and influence in the Pharma sector, that is now definitely the reference market.

 

Derek Kuhn - President and General Manager | CTS Sciemetric

As President and GM of Sciemetric, Derek is deeply involved in the day to day operations of the company as well as its strategic direction. Derek is a sales-driven leader who works closely with customers and the Sciemetric team to understand how to apply the company’s existing and emerging technologies to optimize customers’ operations.

Derek was previously Senior Vice President at Sciemetric, where he helped to drive continuous improvement and define the company’s path towards applying its strengths in the manufacturing domain to new applications for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

Prior to joining Sciemetric, Derek held senior positions at BlackBerry within the BlackBerry Technology Solutions (BTS) organization, including Vice President of Sales and Senior Vice President of BlackBerry IoT. Before BlackBerry, Derek held senior positions at Alcatel-Lucent, including Vice President of Emerging Technology and Media, and Vice President of Strategy for the Americas region. While at Alcatel-Lucent, Derek conceived and led the ng Connect Program, a multi-industry initiative dedicated to the development and rapid deployment of next-generation broadband services based on ultra-high bandwidth technologies.

In his spare time, Derek enjoys spending time with family, skiing and restoring vintage Jet Skis.

Klaus Wanner - General Manager | CTS Schreiner

Klaus Wanner joined CTS-Schreiner GmbH as Managing Director in July 2018. CTS-Schreiner GmbH is a leak test instrument and systems supplier in Ottobrunn, Germany near Munich. His goal is to create value and partnership with customers through technical advice and support. He joins the organization with many years of executive management experience in international sales of customized machines and automation from high-tech industries including, Hekuma, Rofin, and Weber Screwdriving Systems. He has a degree in mechanical engineering studies from the Technical University of Munich in the field of production engineering. Klaus is married with two children and enjoys living in the beautiful region of Munich.

Amanda Deng - General Manager | CTS China

Amanda Deng is General Manager of Cincinnati Test Systems Shanghai. Amanda joined the CTS team in 2006 as the first employee of CTS China, and managed to grow CTS Shanghai into a market leader in all scales. She also helped CTS established a highly efficient, self-functioning team which gained CTS China a promising rapid growth for the next coming 10 years.

For the past 12 years, Amanda expanded CTS Shanghai from one location to a five location branched offices company, setup a sales/service network to have China fully covered to meet all kinds of sales opportunities and challenges. Amanda believes that great products and great people are the core of any successful company – people above all, matter. She will keep working on building the team and forming the company culture to ensure a bright future for CTS China.

Amanda is a passionate new learner of golf who still struggles to beat her personal goal. She is a foodie too; and European cheese and wine are her favorite.

Douglas Jaeger - General Manager | EXACT Dispensing Systems

Doug Jaeger is the General Manager of EXACT Dispensing Systems. Under Doug’s leadership, EXACT Dispensing Systems pursues dispensing applications for a wide range of industrial and automotive markets around the world including North America, China, India and others. EXACT Dispensing pursues markets where ever sealants and adhesives, including epoxies, silicones, urethanes and other single component or two component chemistries may be used.

Doug has extensive global experience in sealant and adhesive dispensing applications and markets developed from many years in leadership roles at EXACT Dispensing, EXEL North America and Graco Inc. Doug combines practical hands on experiences with global sales management, product management and market development roles, responsibilities and positions.

Silke Afzalian-Mand - Acting General Manager | KEM Kueppers

Since August 2018 Silke Afzalian Mand serves as the acting General Manager of KEM Küppers Elektromechanik GmbH, the German flow specialist among the TASI Flow group of companies, with subsidiaries in China and Singapore. Silke has a strong background in Finance and Human Resources and has held Senior Management positions with TASI since 2006.

Prior to joining KEM Küppers Elektromechanik GmbH, Silke Afzalian Mand served as the Head of Finance and Human Resources of an international pharmaceutical company, but also has vast experience in other industries like Information Technology and Logistics.

When she is not working she enjoys spending time with family and friends, and she likes cooking, traveling and shopping – especially in the US.

Charles Wemyss - General Manager | Litre Meter

Charles Wemyss is CEO of Litre Meter Limited, based in the United Kingdom. Charles has been with Litre Meter since 1982 and purchased the business outright in 2001. Charles sold to TASI in 2011 and has remained in the same role. Since it’s founding in 1975, the company has been dedicated to Specialist Flow Measurement Engineering.

Litre Meter won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade in 2016. Litre Meter’s reputation in the measurement market for the design of low flow, high pressure flow meters suitable for aggressive fluids and for installation in hazardous areas, has not wavered and still stands strong today. Charles is proud of Litre Meter’s ability to design and manufacture high quality devices for flow measurement, including bespoke products for handling custom requirements.

Charles lives locally and enjoys his ancient Land Rover, more modern Aston Martin and supports Arsenal and Formula One.

Ian Hunter - General Manager | Sepha

A career which started in chartered accountancy offices and then through 35 years of commercial businesses has given Ian an in-depth understanding of company finance at all levels.

He has combined his financial experience with practical management. Positions held have ranged from Group Accountant through Financial Director to Managing Director, mainly in engineering manufacturing companies with global markets and divisions.

Joining Sepha as Financial Manager in 2011, Ian was appointed General Manager in 2014.

Josh Schadel - General Manager | SignalFire Wireless Telemetry

Josh  serves as the General Manager and CTO at SignalFire Wireless Telemetry. With more than 18 years of experience in high tech instrumentation, he has a strong background in product development, embedded systems, and low-power wireless sensor networks.

He joined SignalFire in 2008, when it was a small start-up company, and was instrumental in the development of SignalFire’s successful product line and technology while serving as Director of Engineering.

Josh holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

In addition to spending time with his wife and daughter he enjoys working on and racing cars.

Michelle Ganim - Director of Information Technology | TASI

TASI Group Director of IT

Michelle Ganim joined TASI in March 2012 as the IT Director, responsible for overseeing the IT operations for all TASI businesses. In her tenure, she has created an IT team, built a strong flexible infrastructure, moved many of the businesses forward with new and improved business applications, and IT project management. Prior to TASI, Michelle’s career has grown strong working at manufacturing and technology organizations such as Procter & Gamble, Wang, Xerox and Cargill.

Michelle has a BA in Business Management and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Wilmington College. She holds Microsoft, VMWare and Cisco certifications.

She has been married for 27 beautiful years to Al Ganim and has three sons. Her passions are enjoying life with family and friends, music, and the outdoors.

David Simoneau - Corporate Controller | TASI

David Simoneau serves as Corporate Controller for TASI Group. Joining TASI in 2016, David is involved in financial reporting, budget, treasury management along with audit and tax matters. He brings a background managing and overseeing various accounting and tax matters, including policies, procedures, controls and systems. David has previously worked in the energy generation, medical device and consumer product industries.

Immediately prior to joining TASI, David was a Director with Competitive Power Ventures where he was responsible for financial, accounting, audit and tax activities related to both CPV’s project portfolio and its asset management business. Prior to that David held various positions gaining exposure to start up, high growth and bankruptcy emergence situations along with experiences working in Europe and Australia.

David is a graduate of Bryant University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. David lives in Massachusetts with his wife and three children and spends too much of his free time following the Boston sports teams.

Eric Muhlen - Director of Human Resources | TASI

Eric Muhlen is the Human Resource Director at TASI Group. Eric has been supporting TASI companies since the very first TASI Group acquisitions. Starting as the Human Resource Manager at Cincinnati Test Systems in November of 1999, Eric quickly moved to manage the U.S. benefit package for all TASI employees. In January of 2004, Eric became the TASI Human Resource Director.

Eric is a skilled and knowledgeable human resource professional able to manage all functions of H.R. including talent development, employee relations, benefits, compensation, recruiting, training, safety, employee performance, and legal compliance. Eric is certified as a Global Human Resource Professional by SHRM and holds a Master’s Degree in Labor and Employment Relations from the University of Cincinnati.

Eric looks forward to his continued support of the TASI management team and TASI employees as he leads the human resource effort to create a top-quality, world-class workforce.

Fabian Waltz - General Manager | Vögtlin Instruments GmbH

Fabian V. Waltz is CEO of Vögtlin Instruments GmbH – flow technology in Switzerland. In June 1999 Fabian started working for Vögtlin Instruments and took over the Managing Director from his father in 2007. He sold the company in July 2011 to the TASI Group and with this group in the back he has developed Vögtlin to a global brand and respected player in the Flow Meter Market with over 50 Distributors worldwide and a TASI Network in the US and China.

He brings a great general management background in developing and marketing of Sensors, Instruments and Solutions into a broad range of Scientific and Industrial applications such as Life Science, Coating, Pharma, Chemical, Environmental, and many other industrial markets. His experience and engagement has led the company to sustainable and double-digit growth, all made possible with a great team and innovative products.

Fabian believes in a culture of ownership, commitment, trust and teamwork.

He has a wife and a young daughter and loves to spend time with them and friends. His other passions are gardening, skiing and discovering and learning every day something new.